LIVES are set to be saved thanks to the opening of a multimillion-pound health complex.
The University of Sunderland’s new £8.5million Sciences Complex will deliver research with “real world” impact, according to one of the UK’s top scientists.
The launch of the new facility comes in the same year as the university celebrates one hundred years of science delivery in the city.
A range of health issues, blighting the city and the region will be tackled through the new development, which will be officially opened next Wednesday by eminent scientist Lord Robert Winston.
He said: “The university‘s use of research and knowledge in science makes it stand out for me.
“Ensuring science is accessible and that research is relevant to society is vital. Sunderland, as it regularly shows, does this exceptionally well.
“Scientists need to be much more receptive to issues which are raised by the public, and business. It is essential for scientists to be able to talk about their research.
“Sunderland’s approach to applied science is making a real difference to society. The impact of this work, now moving into its second century, will only grow with the launch of this wonderful new facility.”
The new complex will allow businesses and organisations in the health sector further access to leading science experts and some of the most up-to-date facilities in the UK.
This facility is expected to draw students not only from across the UK but the world. Many could remain in the North East and help to bring about a healthier regional population.
The University of Sunderland already works with a range of partners, including Servier, Pfizer, Glaxo SmithKline, Evonik and SSL International.
As well as science students, Wearsiders are expected reap the benefits of collaborations between regional, national and international health sector companies.
Professor John MacIntyre, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, said: “The research and work that will be carried out in the new facility will complement the work of Newcastle Science City. We are particularly keen to see our work used to help companies in the North East, who will partner with us to develop applications and products based on our science.”