The University of Edinburgh- run centre will carry out cutting-edge stem cell research to help find therapies for patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease and heart and liver diseases. The centre is the first large-scale, purpose-built facility of its kind and provides accommodation for up to 250 stem cell scientists.
“It's fantastic to see a great research centre like this opening in Edinburgh,” said our source at Direct Liaisons, an Edinburgh-based sales and marketing company, “Edinburgh is already at the forefront of medical research, and this will help to push us even further.”
The centre, funded by the University of Edinburgh, Scottish Enterprise, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the British Heart Foundation through its Mending Broken Hearts Appeal, was opened by the Princess Royal in her role as Chancellor of the University. It includes the most up-to-date facilities in the UK, which meet the highest guidelines, to manufacture stem cell lines that could be used for patient therapies.
Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: “Patients are already reaping the benefits of the research and development taking place in labs and centres across Scotland and I am confident this is set to continue. This is an incredibly exciting and dynamic time for health care - a life changing discovery could be made at this location.”
“Let's hope that the investment in medical research in Edinburgh continues to grow,” said our source at Direct Liaisons, “We have the potential to really make a difference in the future, and really help future generations, through the work that is being done today, in Scottish research centres, by Scottish people.”
A new £24 million bio-incubator facility, called Nine, was also opened by the Princess Royal in Edinburgh. It will work in conjunction with the new research centre.