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Minister opens world class innovation centre

18 July 2011

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Dr Vince Cable visited the Norwich Research Park (NRP) today (18 July 2011) to open the Norwich Research Park Innovation Centre (NRPIC) - a development that provides excellent office and laboratory space to support the commercialisation of research. NRP is the site of three world-class institutes (The Genome Analysis Centre, the Institute of Food Research, and the John Innes Centre) that receive strategic funding from BBSRC.

Dr Vince Cable meets with Professor Douglas Kell, BBSRC Chief Executive, at the Genome Analysis Centre. Copyright: Norwich Bioscience Institutes

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Dr Vince Cable, meets with Professor Douglas Kell, BBSRC Chief Executive, at the Genome Analysis Centre.
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Professor Douglas Kell, Chief Executive, BBSRC attended the opening, he said "We are proud to be a partner in the Norwich Research Park Innovation Centre. This facility will play a key role in supporting BBSRC-funded researchers and others in the East of England region to ensure that their discoveries can lead to new products, technologies, services, and advice that is of social and economic benefit to us all.

"The concentration of excellent research at this site has helped to attract an additional £26M from government to develop the site further. This will ensure that the Norwich Research Park continues to provide an intellectual and commercial environment that supports new and sustainable industries and the creation of the Knowledge-Based BioEconomy."

NRPIC is managed by Colney Innovations Limited (CIL), which is jointly owned by BBSRC, the University of East Anglia, the John Innes Centre and the Institute of Food Research. CIL was established to manage new biotech facilities with the objective of providing follow-on space on commercial terms for science related companies based on NRP.

Mr David Parfrey andDr Vince Cable The Secretary of State. Copyright: Norwich Bioscience Institutes

Mr David Parfrey and Dr Vince Cable 
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David Parfrey, BBSRC Director of Finance and Chairman of Colney Innovations Ltd., was also in attendance, he said "The NRP represents a unique partnership between world-class research institutes, which receive strategic funding from BBSRC; the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital; local authorities, who have been very supportive; land owners; and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. This level of co-operation is of great value and will ensure NRP's future as a focus for excellent science and business.

"The NRP Innovation Centre is the first of a number of new buildings planned on the NRP, which can only bode well for the economy of Norwich and Norfolk and promises to make a real impact on UK plc."

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