New lab will give students and graduates unrivalled access to industry

01 October 2015

The School of Human and Life Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University is opening a cutting edge industry liaison laboratory at Discovery Park, Sandwich.

The School will be the first tenants to move into Building 500, one of the most iconic locations at Discovery Park and the latest to undergo a major refurbishment.

The industry liaison laboratory will provide the University and its students with first class facilities for science and research, with access to a diverse and dynamic range of pharmaceutical and bio-technology companies.

Dr Simon Harvey, Director of Life Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University, explained: “This lab will allow us to work directly with industry and support their research and development needs.

“Our staff and students are already working directly with companies at Discovery Park on research that addresses their specific challenges. The industry liaison lab will expand these partnerships, and also allow our undergraduates to experience work in an industry setting and to build the skills needed to work in the sector.

“The University is proud to support research that has contemporary relevance to today’s society and we are delighted to be entering into this exciting new phase for Christ Church Life Sciences at Discovery Park.”

Discovery Park, which is based at the former Pfizer site at Sandwich, is Europe’s leading science and technology park. Providing world class facilities, a host of international companies from the life science, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, science and technology sectors are now based on the site.

Paul Barber, Managing Director for Discovery Park, said: “The opening of Canterbury Christ Church University’s new facility at Discovery Park is fantastic news – not least for the next generation of scientists who, we hope, will go on to great careers here on site.

 “The new laboratory is the first to open in the restored Building 500, helping to continue the story of scientific discovery that this site has been famous for over the decades.”

The Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab’s initial working partnerships include: Genea Biomedx, a world leading company that creates and manufactures practical, accessible and precise fertility technologies that help standardise and automate fertility treatment, and Venomtech, a British company that produces products specifically designed to help solve significant challenges in the discovery of new drug treatments.

Canterbury Christ Church University is supporting the partnerships with Genea Biomedx and Venomtech by funding PhD students who will work with them on specific research projects within their area of expertise at the Discovery Park laboratory.

Notes to Editor

Discovery Park

Discovery Park is Europe’s leading science and technology park, located near Sandwich, Kent. It is currently home to 125 companies, supporting 2,300 jobs and has Enterprise Zone status.

The park is an Innovation Cluster where companies and organisations are encouraged to work together and share information and providing world class facilities for a host of international companies from the life science, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, science and technology sector.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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