Minister visits Manchester following £40 million funding announcement

The Business Secretary Vince Cable has visited The University of Manchester’s Institute of Biotechnology to meet scientists working on Synthetic Biology after announcing £40 million of funding for this cutting edge research.

The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) will receive £10.3 million to set up the Centre for Synthetic Biology of Fine and Speciality Chemicals (SYNBIOCHEM). The Centre will develop new products and methods for drug discovery and production, focussing on new antibiotics, and agricultural chemicals, including herbicides and insecticides, as well as new materials for sustainable manufacturing. Professor Nick Turner will be one of four Centre Directors and Professor Douglas Kell a member of the Cabinet.

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