The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has awarded Imperial College London £20 million to develop a brand new biomedical engineering hub at its White City Campus. The HEFCE hopes the funding will allow Britain to become ‘global epicentre’ of biomedical engineering.
The new research facility will use biomedical engineering to address major health care challenges. The facility will bring together over 500 engineers, scientists and clinicians.
The project will create a space for collaboration to develop new solutions to some of the world’s most pressing biomedical and healthcare problems.
The centre will focus its research on new technologies from the early detection of cancers, development of minimally invasive implants, regenerative medicine and new biotechnologies to help recovery from nervous system injuries.
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The hub will be the largest facility in the new Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub. A 14 storey research building gifted by philanthropist, and Imperial alumni, Sir Michael Uren is due to be completed in 2019.
Imperial College London’s President Alice P. Gast explained that “collaboration and multidisciplinary research are key pillars of Imperial’s strategy. Our White City campus embodies this. We are creating an environment for the serendipitous encounters, collaboration and networks that drive innovation.
“The Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub is one of our remarkable multidisciplinary hubs at White City that address some of the world’s big challenges. Its vision, ambition and potential is unrivalled. The facility, and its world-leading research, will be an epicentre of biomedical engineering innovation.”
Engineer Professor Anthony Bull added “The College is renowned for its pioneering advances in medical technology. We know this can only be achieved by drawing expertise across disciplinary boundaries. We cannot work in silos. This funding will allow us to take a great leap forward by bringing together a critical mass of engineers, scientists, and clinicians on an unprecedented scale. The opportunities this presents are tremendous.”
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