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UK Biobank will move to Manchester Science Park, with a state-of-the-art robotic freezer to serve researchers 4 instances more rapidly than at the moment, following £127.6m funding


May 26, 2023

With the assistance of The University of Manchester, Bruntwood SciTech – 1 of the UK’s major home developers devoted to the development of the science and technologies sector – is creating the new 131,000 sq ft Greenheys facility inside Manchester Science Park, which sits at the heart of the city’s Oxford Road Corridor innovation district.

Kath Mackay, Director of Life Sciences at Bruntwood SciTech, mentioned: “Manchester is a globe-renowned hub for science and technologies, and the potential for UK Biobank to develop right here is testament to the high-quality of talent, innovation and assistance inside the city. The improvement of Greenheys represents the third phase of our masterplan to develop Manchester Science Park to much more than 1 million sq ft of cutting-edge life sciences and tech space which, critically, will assistance the creation of more than two,500 jobs as Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor continues to thrive.”

Relocation to the Greenheys web site on Manchester Science Park delivers UK Biobank with new possibilities for for collaboration with multi-disciplinary researchers and market. It will also provide access to further talent due to the proximity to major institutions operating across analysis, academia, organization and the NHS. The move will also assistance the Government’s ambitions stated in the ‘Levelling Up’ White Paper to boost R&ampD spending outdoors the Higher Southeast by more than 40% by 2030, while retaining UK Biobank in the Higher Manchester location and contributing to the advancement of 1 of the UK’s most established life science and tech communities.

More than the course of the subsequent decade, UKRI’s infrastructure funding will assistance:

·       Improvement of the new objective-constructed facility at Manchester Science Park, situated inside Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor (ORC). UK Biobank will occupy 3 floors of a new developing, to be constructed on the Greenheys web site, which will residence upgraded biological sample storage, processing laboratories and offices. The University of Manchester, Bruntwood SciTech[1] – a joint venture amongst Bruntwood and Legal &amp Common – and the City of Manchester have worked with each other with UKRI and UK Biobank to create plans for the new facility, which is anticipated to break ground in Autumn 2023 and be operational in 2026, topic to preparing permission.

·       Replacement of UK Biobank’s outdated infrastructure with a much more modern day robotic storage archive for its 16 million biological samples, offering capacity for future sample collections, quadrupling speed of retrieval to meet escalating demand from international researchers, and enhancing environmental efficiency.

·       Enhancement of UK Biobank’s information assets to broaden the dataset and strengthen tools for researchers and market. This will consist of linking to additional wellness records and socio-financial and environmental information. UK Biobank will be in a position to take benefit of public, philanthropic and market investment to undertake new sample collections, assays and other enhancements, possessing previously been constrained by outdated infrastructure.

·       New hyperlinks with Manchester’s life and information sciences enterprise method, especially provided the proximity to The University of Manchester and its strength in development places such as AI, diagnostics, digital and biotechnology. The relocation will bring possibilities for UK Biobank and the University to stimulate innovation, wellness influence and financial development. This partnership will also be pivotal to the neighborhood, regional and national life sciences ecosystem and the presence of their analysis and IP will assistance foster new remedies and cures.

·       Improvement of a ‘Hub’ to engage with new and current collaborators and market academic, industrial and public wellness hyperlinks in the Manchester area and beyond. With a distinct concentrate on start out-up and SME engagement, generation of intellectual home will be encouraged by collaboration amongst UK Biobank, The University of Manchester, Bruntwood SciTech and its buyers and the NHS. Current organisations, such as Overall health Innovation Manchester, will foster collaboration amongst UK Biobank, researchers, market and the NHS so that new tests, remedies and solutions can be accessed by the folks of Higher Manchester more rapidly right here than in any other area.

The new scheme is topic to preparing approval by Manchester City Council. UK Biobank’s relocation is supported by Arcadis, the international constructed atmosphere consultancy. Bruntwood SciTech’s facility design and style group is led by BDP Manchester with Silcock Leedham, DW Consulting, Walker Sime and Deloitte.

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