Pupils from two Stoke schools are among the first Midlands students to graduate as Industrial Cadets, an initiative launched by HRH The Prince of Wales and co-ordinated by national education charity EDT to link schools and local industry. Twenty four students from Haywood Engineering College and the Co-operative Academy of Stoke on Trent have worked with Steelite PLC and a consortium of companies convened by The Prince of Wales’ charity Business in the Community (BITC). Their graduation as Industrial Cadets is to be held on Monday 25th March in the Board Room of Port Vale Football Club from 2.30pm.
Several BioCity Nottingham-based firms had the opportunity to meet Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable on Monday this week when he paid a fact-finding visit to the busy centre for life science companies. Dr Cable was guided round the site by BioCity Nottingham director Toby Reid who described the ten-year expansion of the incubation facilities and why the nurture of new ventures in such a supportive environment is crucial to success.
Launch of the European Lead Factory Sygnature Discovery selected as an SME Partner in €196 Million European Lead Factory
Major pharmaceutical companies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and academia join forces in an IMI-supported Public Private Partnership (PPP) to accelerate early drug discovery and so address the ever-increasing need for innovative therapeutics to tackle unmet medical needs
Scottish First Minister Rt. Hon Alex Salmond MSP has welcomed today’s news that a major new pharmaceutical drug discovery initiative is to be centred at BioCity Scotland in Lanarkshire, in partnership with the University of Dundee. The project will bring at least €19 million (£16.3 million) of research funding to Scotland following today’s announcement by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) of the launch of the European Lead Factory.
The Government has announced a new health advice service designed to help around 300,000 people a year stay in work and avoid becoming trapped on benefits.
HRH The Prince of Wales will today launch an important new initiative to inspire young people into careers in local manufacturing industry. The Prince is at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood Plant on Merseyside to launch the roll out of Industrial Cadets as a national initiative following it’s origination by Tata Steel with young people in Teesside. With support from the Department for Communities and Local Government the project has been developed for national roll out by the charity EDT which specialises in linking business and education.
BioCity Scotland, the centre for life science businesses in Newhouse, Lanarkshire will celebrate the first anniversary of its formation on 5 January 2013.
Twelve months ago, the 18 acre site was officially handed to the new company by global pharmaceutical company MSD for the creation of a bioscience business incubator to support new and growing life science ventures. At the time, BioCity made a commitment to bring the facility to life again, and within weeks the first companies were moving onto the site.
An optimistic picture of the UK life sciences sector emerges from today’s publication of the annual UK Life Sciences start-up report. The 291 new firms launched in the study period represent the next generation of growth-focussed firms, born at the dawn of a new era for the bioscience and life science sector.
Students from Strathclyde University’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship used their entrepreneurial skills to create profits of over £4,000 that were donated to various local, UK-wide and international charities. Recipients included Yorkhill Hospital, Macmillan Cancer, Doctors Without Borders and Amnesty International.