L-R Dr Chris Doherty, Alderley Park, Dr Richard Marais, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institue
Cancer Research UK Manchester will move into a 81,000 sq ft of laboratory and office space at Alderley park.
The move will see more than 300 scientists temporarily conducting research and development activity from a site that already has an international reputation for breakthroughs in oncology.
The Institute’s long-standing home, the Paterson Building, on the site of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester, suffered significant in a fire earlier this year.
CRUK Manchester Institute will be located within the Mereside campus at Alderley Park, part of Manchester Science Partnerships, which also has campuses at Manchester Science Park and Citylabs.
CRUK Manchester Institute is a leading cancer research organisation within The University of Manchester and is funded by Cancer Research UK. Its activity spans the whole spectrum of cancer research, from programmes investigating the molecular and cellular basis of cancer to those focused on translational research and the development of therapeutics.
The cancer researchers will be joining what is already one of the largest life science communities in Europe. Alderley Park is home to 150 companies, two specialist funds and a dedicated incubator.
Dr Chris Doherty, managing director of Alderley Park, said: “We recognise the incredibly important research conducted by the CRUK Manchester Institute and our team has prioritised helping them through this challenging period.
“We are justly proud of the collaboration and patient-first thinking that exists within our region. If you want to be near The Christie, and the academic and healthcare community within Greater Manchester our location is ideal. Alderley Park itself has long been a world class R&D facility and is at the business end of the government’s industrial strategy for life science. It’s not just about bricks and mortar - what we have here is a community of like-minded innovators and scientists. We are delighted to have been able to find a solution that enables this life-saving research to continue.”
Professor Richard Marais, the institute’s director, said: “We are grateful to everyone at Alderley Park for making us feel welcome and for helping expedite our move. While being able to return to our original site at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust remains our priority, we are delighted to be able to continue our vital research in the world-class facilities at Alderley Park and look forward to the development of new relationships and collaborations that this move will bring.”
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