£11.5m building to bring business and science together officially opened
11:30 23 July 2014
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A new £11.5m building which aims to bring businesses and scientists together in an effort to attract jobs and investment has been opened by the new minister for life sciences.
The Centrum Building at the Norwich Research Park will provide commercial space for early-stage, start-up companies and provide what organisers say is a unique opportunity to work alongside world-leading researchers.
The official opening was one of the first ministerial duties of Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman since his appointment last week.
He said: “The government’s continued investment in Norwich Research Park is helping to create and support a first-class innovation hub in the East of England based on world-leading bioscience
“The science community will now be able to share access to this unique and specialist facility that will help to drive growth, foster innovation and support the Norwich, Norfolk and East Anglia life science cluster to create the jobs and businesses of tomorrow.”
He also opened the Norwich Research Park Virtual Technology Centre, which will have pooled scientific technology platforms from research organisations on the park.
There are also plans for a £5m molecular farming facility which aims to establish Norwich as a leading international centre for research and development in the use of plants to produce high value compounds.
Sally Ann Forsyth, Norwich Research Park chief executive, said: “The investment in Centrum will help to create and nurture new companies and jobs based on world-leading life science and ancillary services, in addition to providing a fully-supported central hub for the research and business community.”