Scottish Enterprise welcomes Centre for Dementia Prevention opening in Edinburgh

Facility upgrade signals strength and influence of Scottish life sciences sector in Scotland

Welcoming the opening of the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Dementia Prevention, Julia Brown, Life & Chemical Sciences Director at Scottish Enterprise said:

"The design and construction of this specialist facility is excellent news for life sciences sector in Scotland and the Edinburgh BioQuarter partnership.

“Scottish Enterprise, the University of Edinburgh and NHS Edinburgh and Lothian are working closely together to create a world leading hub for innovative health research and patient care.

“The Centre for Dementia Prevention brings in new investment and jobs whilst cementing Scotland’s world-leading position in neurodegenerative research.

“I am delighted that the Centre is backed by the global organisation Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which has signalled its confidence in University of Edinburgh’s renowned Alzheimer’s research expertise with funding for a five-year programme. This collaboration and new facility puts Scotland and the Edinburgh BioQuarter squarely on the map as an international innovation hub.”

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About Edinburgh BioQuarter:

The Edinburgh BioQuarter is being developed and promoted as a leading, internationally renowned centre of excellence for health, education, commercialisation and biomedical science.

The campus is being physically transformed into a vibrant and thriving urban parkland campus that will fuel collaboration through its community of clinical, academic and commercial staff, patients, visitors and students.

Extending to more than 100 acres, Edinburgh BioQuarter is a joint venture of over £600m between Scottish Enterprise, the University of Edinburgh, NHS Lothian and City of Edinburgh Council. Once fully developed, the BioQuarter will offer up to 1.4m sq ft (130,063 sq m) of specialist accommodation for academic, commercial and healthcare activity.

There are three Medical Research Council centres on site specialising in Reproductive Health, Inflammation Research and Regenerative Medicine, alongside a British Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiovascular Medicine. The new Centre of Dementia Prevention opened on 6th July 2016, and the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences is due to open in autumn 2017, creating an additional 233 beds and 10 new theatres on site.

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