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£6.5M in funding to help manufacture the drugs of the future
Date:2/5/2013

y to manufacture the biopharmaceuticals of the future in an efficient and sustainable way. It is a timely prelude to our continuing support for bioprocessing research under our Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy Strategy."

Mr Atti Emecz, EPSRC Director Strategy and Business Relationships, said: "This investment demonstrates the value of the BRIC approach. It draws together bioscience, chemistry and engineering to tackle multidisciplinary challenges and promote internationally excellent research. It also develops the valuable partnerships with industry needed to deliver impact."

Ten BRIC Studentships have also been funded by BBSRC to help develop the bioprocessing researchers of the future. This brings the total number of BRIC students to 28, each with a collaborating BRIC member company.

BRIC Studentships are collaborative training grants, which follow the Industrial CASE model, giving these top bioprocessing PhD students the chance to experience first-rate research at both an academic institution and within an industrial setting.

The ten studentships will start in the 2013/14 academic year, and last for up to four years, based at five UK universities in partnership with six collaborating companies/organisations.

Students will spend a minimum of three months in a placement with the industrial partner learning skills that they will not necessarily acquire during a standard doctoral programme.

As well as providing high-quality training the scheme develops networking links between students, academia and industry.

The programme complements the EPSRC-funded Doctoral Training Centres at Newcastle and UCL that are relevant to the bioprocessing sector and other EPSRC studentship investments, by supporting training with a biosciences focus.

The funded BRIC research projects are:

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