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£20 million to fight virtual crime and treat our ageing population
Date:11/19/2008

Fighting virtual crime, treating an ageing population, and turning research into commercial enterprises, will be the focus of a 20 million ($30.4 million) investment announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

This new investment will create two new centres in areas where world-class scientific breakthroughs have already been achieved. These 'Innovation and Knowledge Centres' (IKCs) will mix business knowledge with the most up-to-date research to harness the full potential of emerging technologies ensuring the UK is first to develop this cutting-edge research.

The two new centres will be based at Queen's University Belfast and the University of Leeds. Belfast's new centre will work to secure our information architecture, and safeguard the trustworthiness of information stored electronically, including countering malicious 'cyber-attack'. The University of Leeds Centre will work on regenerative techniques and technologies to treat the common ailments of an ageing population.

EPSRC's Chief Executive, Professor David Delpy, said "Taking exciting research from the university laboratory to the commercial sector through close collaboration with user stakeholders is vital to ensuring the UK's economy continues to be innovative and globally competitive.

EPSRC is strongly committed to supporting universities in commercialising their outstanding research and I applaud the innovative approach taken by the successful applicants, and all competing universities."

Minister of State for Science and Innovation, Lord Drayson, said "More public money than ever before is being spent on world leading research into the strategic challenges facing the UK such as the world's ageing population and security.

He continued: "The investment in these two new Innovation and Knowledge Centres will foster an en
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Contact: Lawrie Jones
lawrie.jones@epsrc.ac.uk
44-01-793-444-404
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Source:Eurekalert

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