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Jan 7, 2010

New U.K. Center for Regenerative Medicine to Receive Over $13M in Funding

  • A regenerative medicine manufacturing center is to be established at the University of Loughborough with a portion of a £70 million (about $111.49 million) U.K. Government investment. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine will carry out research and test new ideas in clinical and industrial settings.

    The center aims to create next-generation platforms for manufacturing regenerative medicines and inform business models, policy, and public debate. Investment from the EPSRC will total £5.3 million (roughly $8.44 million) over five years, with 28 industrial and government partners contributing an additional £3 million (approximately $4.78 million).

    The £70 million government funding also includes the established of a Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics at the University of Southampton and a Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Liquid Metal Engineering at Brunel University in London.


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