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(LtoR) Alex Cookson Compound Manager, Nobel Laureate and President of The Royal Society of London Sir Paul Nurse, Professor Michael Ferguson, Regius Professor of Life Sciences at Dundee, and University Rector and actor Brian Cox.
Nobel Laureate and President of The Royal Society of London Sir Paul Nurse officially opened the new £26million Discovery Centre at the University of Dundee today (Wednesday). The Discovery Centre is home to researchers supported by over £31million of research grants, bringing the investment in the total operation to well over £57million. The Discovery Centre (for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research) will further enhance Dundee’s internationally renowned life sciences capacity, including in drug discovery - an area in which Dundee is the leading University in the UK and one of the foremost academia-based centres in the world. The new Centre will provide 180 new, externally-funded, high-value jobs for Scotland's Life Sciences sector. They will join around 900 scientists, research students and support staff from 61 countries who are already based in the College of Life Sciences at Dundee. “This is a major new facility which will significantly boost Scotland’s biomedical sector and help us make an impact on people’s lives around the globe,” said Professor Michael Ferguson, Regius Professor of Life Sciences at Dundee.“The Centre will further develop our already very strong drug discovery programmes in neglected tropical diseases and in other areas of unmet medical need, such as cancer, inflammation and eczema.”