New Scottish Centre for Dementia Prevention “excellent news” for life sciences sector

Early praise for the University of Edinburgh’s new facility, which opened today 

The opening of the University of Edinburgh’s new Centre for Dementia Prevention today (Wednesday, 6 July) has been hailed as “excellent news” for Scotland’s life sciences sector.
The facility upgrade signals the strength and influence of the life sciences sector in Scotland, according to Scottish Enterprise, whose life & chemical sciences director, Julia Brown, said: “The design and construction of this specialist facility is excellent news for the life sciences sector in Scotland and the Edinburgh BioQuarter partnership.
“Scottish Enterprise, the University of Edinburgh and NHS Edinburgh and Lothian are working closely together to create a world-leading hub for innovative health research and patient care.
“The Centre for Dementia Prevention brings in new investment and jobs, while cementing Scotland’s world-leading position in neurodegenerative research.
“I’m delighted that the Centre is backed by the global organiation Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which has signalled its confidence in the University of Edinburgh’s renowned Alzheimer’s research expertise with funding for a five-year programme.
“This collaboration and new facility puts Scotland and the Edinburgh BioQuarter squarely on the map as an international innovation hub.”
The Edinburgh BioQuarter is being developed and promoted as a leading, internationally renowned centre of excellence for health, education, commercialisation and biomedical science.
The campus is being physically transformed into a vibrant and thriving urban parkland which will fuel collaboration through its community of clinical, academic and commercial staff, patients, visitors and students.
Extending to more than 100 acres, Edinburgh BioQuarter is a joint venture of over £600m between Scottish Enterprise, the University of Edinburgh, NHS Lothian and City of Edinburgh Council. Once fully developed, the BioQuarter will offer up to 1.4m sq ft (130,063 sq m) of specialist accommodation for academic, commercial and healthcare activity.
There are three Medical Research Council centres on site specialising in Reproductive Health, Inflammation Research and Regenerative Medicine, alongside a British Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiovascular Medicine.
The new Centre of Dementia Prevention opened earlier today and the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences is due to open in autumn 2017, creating an additional 233 beds and 10 new theatres on site.
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