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Cardiff named as ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Precision Medicine Catapult’s regional network

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has welcomed Cardiff being named as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in a network of hubs to develop precision medicine across the UK.
Monday 26 October 2015
It is one of six centres named in the £50m Precision Medicine Catapult project funded by Innovate UK, the UK Government's innovation agency.

Led by a consortium headed by the Welsh Government, NHS Wales and Cardiff University, the Centre will work on local and national programmes, building expert teams across the region. Cardiff University’s expertise in researching and developing innovative technologies for the UK healthcare sector will support the Cardiff Centre.

The Centre, which will also be supported by Swansea University, will collaborate with local, national and global partners and industry to drive development and innovation in personalised medicine, new diagnostics and e-health systems and to identify and resolve barriers to building a leading UK precision medicine industry.

The First Minster said:

"Wales has a thriving life sciences sector and a worldwide reputation for excellence in research. Today’s announcement of Cardiff as one of the Centres of Excellence to develop precision medicine is a further boost to the sector."

"This new Centre will help deliver more efficient treatments providing real benefits to patients and saving money for the NHS in Wales. The choice of Cardiff as one of the Centres of Excellence is testament to the talent and expertise that already exists in the region and at Cardiff University."

Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, said:

"The announcement highlights both the city’s expertise in precision medicine, and the University’s reputation for outstanding UK research. The Cardiff Centre will support major UK clinical and data programmes, such as testing of new clinical trial models and the development of NHS adoption routes. Bringing Cardiff inside the UK Precision Medicine Catapult network will also bring wider benefits to the Welsh economy."

Professor Julie Williams, Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales said:

"This Precision Medicine Catapult Centre of Excellence provides the opportunity to marry the best research ideas with innovative practical applications, thus producing patient-tailored treatments by targeting therapies at individuals who would benefit most from them. This will put Wales at the cutting edge in precision medicine and bring together industry, researchers and the NHS."

Dr Ger Brophy, Chief Technical Officer, GE Healthcare Life Sciences said:

"A focused, open and collaborative approach to developing precision medicine will help translate technical and medical opportunity into clinical reality. Wales is well positioned to foster the collaboration required to make this happen."



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