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Minister praises “world beating” Norwich Research Park

Business secretary Vince Cable addresses delegates at the Liberal Democrats annual conference at the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 22, 2010. See PA LIBDEMS stories. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Business secretary Vince Cable addresses delegates at the Liberal Democrats annual conference at the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 22, 2010. See PA LIBDEMS stories. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Business secretary Vince Cable praised the Norwich Research Park for its “world-beating” and “ambitious” work as he officially opened new offices and laboratory facilities today.

The Norwich Research Park Innovation Centre, which was completed last year, has been built within one of the largest concentrations in Euorpe of food, health and environmental sciences, and it is hoped it will be the first part of a project which will create 5,000 jobs over the next 15 years.

He was also given a tour of the Genome Analysis Centre where he was told about the latest sequencing technologies.

During his visit he said: “I think what impresses me is the way that everything is interconnected because very often people work in silos. The people I’ve talked to are clearly looking at how they can draw on other people’s ideas so the whole is much greater than the sum of the parts.

“The other (thing that impresses me) is that people are very commercial. This link between knowledge and innovation which we have got to get right in the UK. Very often we have lots of brilliant scientists and inventors but that often hasn’t led through into successful business and I think there is a very very clear understanding of that link here.”

Mr Cable also spoke of the deeply thought out commitment to sciene.

The government plans to invest £26m into the Norwich Research Park and a detailed business plans has now been submitted to the goovernment.

Alan Giles, director of the Norwich Research Park, said: “This has been developed after extensive planning and consulation with local and national business, the NRP partner institutions and landowners, three very supportive local authoritites - Norfolk County Council, Norwich City Council and South Norfolk Council, EEDA and BBSRC.”

The NRP Innovation Centre is the first stage in what is hoped will be a project that creates 5,000 new jobs in the science and research sector, based on the expansion of the NRP over the next 10 to 15 years.

“By providing world-class facilities for expanding businesses and research organisations, we shall be able to attract more and more businesses from around the world to the NRP creating high quality employment in the future.”

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