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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (National): Science and innovation key to driving the growth agenda

Press Release   •   Sep 10, 2010 14:24 BST

Major research investments in Cambridge underline the importance of innovation to Britain’s economic recovery, says Universities and Science Minister David Willetts.

Mr Willetts is in the city today to officially open the UK’s most powerful microscope, attend the "topping out" ceremony for a new £200m biological sciences laboratory and visit bioincubator facilities which provide support to early stage companies commercialising bioscience discoveries.

David Willetts said:

“Cambridge is an ancient seat of learning but it is also key to the nation’s economic future.  The city’s research base is world class and in these tough times it is vital we better harness it to help the economy to grow.

“I am very impressed with the potential of the projects I have seen today to keep Britain at the forefront of scientific discovery.  Our challenge is make sure we turn these ideas into world leading British products and services.”

Notes to editors

1. David Willetts’ itinerary is as follows:

10-11am Launch of the Titan Microscope at the Nanoscience Centre, 11 JJ Thomson Avenue, West Cambridge CB3 0FF
For further information contact Genevieve Maul, Office of Communications, University of Cambridge, (01223) 765542 or (07774) 017464

11.30am-12.30pm Topping Out ceremony at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Hill Road CB2 0QH
For further information contact Adrian Penrose, Medical Research Council, (01223) 402277 or (07990) 541520

1.15-2.50pm Visit to the Babraham Research Campus, CB22 3AT
For further information contact Dr Claire Cockcroft, External Relations, Babraham Institute, (01223) 496260 or (07786) 335978

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