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Leicester wins funding to boost Industry engagement

Uni of Leicester receives £150K from the Medical Research Council (MRC) in order to develop new academic-industry partnerships

Posted by Hannah Oakman | June 25, 2016 | Research

The University’s College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology has been awarded the sum from the Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund - a new scheme which aims to support early interactions and knowledge exchange between industry and academic researchers.  A total of £3.3m to 17 universities has been awarded.

The funds will be used to:

  • Host a Homecoming Alumni Event which will grow relationships between University of Leicester Alumni now working in pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
  • Develop a pool of experts who could help with ad hoc project development related queries by University of Leicester academics.
  • Deliver a series of lunchtime Drug Discovery and Diagnostics Development workshops, led by Industry experts.
  • Launch calls for small scale people exchange projects between University of Leicester and the Life Science Industry.

Professor Philip Baker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, Dean of Medicine who was the lead applicant for this award, said: “It is critically important that the College translates our exciting biomedical discoveries for patient benefit. 

“This award is part of our overall strategy to ensure that we establish robust partnerships with colleagues in the pharmaceutical and life science industries.”



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