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Princess gives royal seal of approval to pioneering bio-medical facilities

30 May 2012

Official opening of Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine and bio-incubator facility, Nine, marks milestone in the growth of Edinburgh BioQuarter. (Photos of the opening are available on request, and link to further photos can be found at the bottom of the release)

Research into conditions such as multiple sclerosis and heart and liver disease will benefit from £multi-million stem cell research and life sciences facilities due to be opened today (Monday, 28th May) by HRH, the Princess Royal.

The University of Edinburgh's Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine will carry out cutting-edge stem cell research to help find therapies for patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, and heart and liver diseases.

The centre is the first large-scale, purpose-built facility of its kind and provides accommodation for up to 250 stem cell scientists. The centre, funded by the University of Edinburgh, Scottish Enterprise, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the British Heart Foundation through its Mending Broken Hearts Appeal, is being opened by the Princess Royal in her role as Chancellor of the University. It includes the most up-to-date facilities in the UK, which meet the highest guidelines, to manufacture stem cell lines that could be used for patient therapies.

Nine, which has been jointly funded by Scottish Enterprise and the UK Government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, provides 85,000 square feet of laboratory and office space for both established biotechnology companies and start-up ventures. These could include potential spin-out companies from the University of Edinburgh.

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