Biodiscovery Institute launch event
On Monday 6 September scientists, government officials and senior leaders in research and healthcare from across the UK, turned out in force to mark the official opening of the university’s world leading Biodiscovery Institute (BDI). Over one hundred guests attended the in-person event, which saw the facility opened by Professor Fiona Watt, Executive Chair of the Medical Research Council, and the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West.
The BDI, which is based at Nottingham’s University Park Campus, is a world-leading hub of interdisciplinary research excellence that is shaping the future of health and biotechnology, tackling everything from defeating cancer, to sustainable transport, regenerative medicine and the Black Death.
The Institute offers brand new state-of-the-art laboratories, research equipment and facilities and is home to approximately 850 talented academics, researchers, clinicians and support staff who have generated £223m in funding since 2014.
Originally planned for 2020, the launch was delayed due the pandemic, however, this did not stop scientists at the BDI from joining in the fight to tackle Covid-19. In the last year, the team have been working tirelessly and have not only donated equipment to assist with mass testing to the Government, but they have also established and run a University Covid-19 testing service using the labs within the Institute, which has processed nearly 100,000 samples from 20,000 people.
Read the full press release
Watch the recording of the event live stream below
Read more about the launch from Professor Chris Denning's blog