Building science bridges — with India

06 Feb 2009 11:43:00.000

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The University of Nottingham’s highly rated Schools of Pharmacy and Business have joined forces to establish a ‘Science Bridge’ with India in the field of biopharmaceuticals and regenerative medicine.


With funding of nearly £760,000 awarded by Research Councils UK (RCUK), Nottingham’s ‘Science Bridge’ — BioPharm 2020 — will build links between the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, UK industry and the University to develop a vision for collaborative knowledge transfer.


Professor Kevin Shakesheff, Professor of Advanced Drug Delivery, said: “We aim to bring together complimentary teams to exploit new inventions and techniques to advance the pharmaceutical and related regenerative medicine industry in the UK and India. We are particularly interested in using the Science Bridge to boost the East Midlands pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector by matching skills in our region to Kanpur.”

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BioPharm 2020 will create a step-change in collaborative innovation in target identification, drug discovery, drug delivery and manufacturing.  It will build on extensive collaborations with the goals of producing clinical and commercial benefits from patent protected research, world class human resource with a focus on working with industry and assess the supply chain and outsourcing potential for long term business engagement and policy formulation between the two countries.


RCUK have announced a total of £12m of funding for collaborations between British universities and institutions in China, India and the US.


Lord Drayson, Minister of State for Science and Innovation, said: “The RCUK Science Bridges Awards are an excellent example of how the UK is encouraging research which has both strong international collaborations and close links with business.


“By working with international partners we can benefit from their expertise and get more value from our investment in the UK’s world class research community. These collaborations have the potential to provide solutions to important challenges facing the UK and the world, in areas such as sustainable biofuels, food and water security and healthcare.”


Professor Ian Diamond, RCUK Chair, said: “We would like to congratulate the award winners. The UK already participates in a huge amount of collaborative research globally and we hope UK businesses and the wider global community will reap the economic and environmental benefits arising from these research partnerships.”


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.


More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.


The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.

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Professor Kevin Shakesheff on +44 (0)115 951 5104,; or Chloe Somers RCUK Press Officer on +44 (0)1793 444592,
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Lindsay Brooke - Media Relations Manager

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