Work has begun on a new £23m facility to develop innovative healthcare products and advanced materials at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton campus.
The Medical Technologies Innovation Facility (MTIF) will eventually have two sites. A second at the Nottingham Enterprise Zone at Boots headquarters will be dedicated to product prototype production and commercialisation; with access to laboratories, clean rooms, technologies and expertise for processing, prototype development and preparing manufacturing processes.
The overall MTIF project is being supported with up to £9.7m from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, via its Local Growth Fund allocation.
Works are due to be completed by summer 2020.
Professor Edward Peck, vice-chancellor of NTU, said: “I know that many people associate universities – and NTU in particular – with teaching the next generation who will play the major role in our continued prosperity. However, our contribution to the economic vibrancy of the city and county goes well beyond teaching, driving research and innovation that grow companies and create jobs. MTIF is a prime example of this contribution.”
Sajeeda Rose, chief executive of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, added: “Life Sciences is a key LEP sector, with the area hosting many bio and healthcare services businesses. I’m pleased to see the development of NTU’s planned Medical Technologies Innovation Facility reach this next stage.”