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BBSRC congratulates Institute of Biotechnology on Queen's Anniversary Prize win

15 February 2008

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) warmly congratulates the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Cambridge on being awarded one of The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Further and Higher Education. The Institute, which has received significant funding from BBSRC since its inception, has been recognised for its entrepreneurial approach to exploiting biotechnological research.

The Institute, alongside this year’s other winners, was honoured at an award ceremony at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

Steve Visscher, BBSRC Interim Chief Executive, said: "BBSRC is very pleased to see the Institute of Biotechnology being honoured with this prize. They have taken the sort of multidisciplinary and integrated approach to bioscience research and entrepreneurship that the UK needs in order to turn our world-class science into economic benefits."

The success of the Institute of Biotechnology in bioscience entrepreneurship and in working with industrial partners will be a highlight of the largest single gathering of biotechnology entrepreneurs later this year. In May, BBSRC will be celebrating the role of bioscience entrepreneurs and the part they play in the UK economy and society with a reception that will highlight the sheer scale of their many contributions.

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Notes to editors

The Institute of Biotechnology has been recognised with The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its unique combination of innovative multidisciplinary research, education and entrepreneurialism.

Professor Lowe, Director of the Institute of Biotechnology, accepted the award at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 14 February. He was accompanied at the ceremony by Vice-Chancellor Professor Alison Richard, Head of the School of Technology Professor Ian White, and representatives of the Institute's PhD research and Bioscience Enterprise postgraduate business programmes.

BBSRC has supported the Institute of Biotechnology through a wide range of research grants, funding for studentships and knowledge transfer awards.

About BBSRC

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £380 million in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life for UK citizens and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk

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