Chemistry innovation is open for businesses

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Businesses can once again access free scientific support and world-class facilities with the reopening of a number of chemistry and engineering buildings at the University of Nottingham.

The reopening of buildings will allow the University to resume it’s Driving Research and Innovation project which provides technical support to SME businesses from a range of sectors including food and drink, precision manufacturing and chemistry who need access to scientific expertise and facilities.

Upperton Pharma Solutions based at Nottingham Science Park has been working with the University for many years and its work with the University will be one of the first projects to resume activity on site. The company provides medicine formulation and dosage form development services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Commenting on their work with the University, Laura Mason, Director of Business Operations for the company said: “Upperton has collaborated with the University of Nottingham for many years and has previously taken advantage of the Chemistry Innovation Laboratory to help develop our business. The reopening of laboratories at UoN will reinvigorate our collaborative working and help us to progress projects with clients, continuing our strong growth despite the impacts of COVID-19.”

The Driving Research and Innovation programme is progressing a number of collaborative research and development projects with local companies that are helping them develop new products, processes and services. Utilising the technical expertise businesses can accelerate innovation, explore new ideas enhance their productivity and growth.

Chemistry Building opens safely

Trevor Farren, Director of Knowledge Exchange, School of Chemistry Business Partnership Unit said: “The re-opening of our campus has been no mean feat and made possible by the efforts of the estates, health and safety and research teams who have worked together to ensure that buildings meet the latest government guidelines around social distancing and that the movement of people around the campus can be done safely. Thanks to the superb efforts of these teams both the Chemistry building on University Park and the Advanced Manufacturing Building on Jubilee Campus were able to open to a reduced number of researchers.

The Driving Research and Innovation project is keen to support as many local businesses through the recovery as possible and we are keen to hear from any company interested in developing their innovation culture, competitiveness and productivity through utilising the knowledge, skills and technology accessible to SMEs through the University”

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The project is receiving up to £2.3m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit
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