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Science in the City
Latest News – February 2013
Science Central opens for business
An important milestone has been reached for the Science Central development following the unveiling of a major campaign aimed at attracting potential investors and developers to what is one of the country’s biggest city centre regeneration projects.Science Central, a partnership between Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University, is now well under way with a masterplan and outline planning consent in place and a funding package in excess of £30million secured. Forming part of the Newcastle Science City initiative – the site is now officially open for business.

Local residents, businesses and academics who are involved in this exciting project have thrown their weight behind the development by becoming the faces of a campaign that will promote Science Central across the world. Find out more and watch the video

Wanted: Ideas to develop, protect and commercialise
Newcastle Science City is urging companies to find out how they can benefit from a specialist service designed to nurture innovation which has received a £1.3m investment.The Business & IP Centre Newcastle has been established to support businesses and entrepreneurs in the North East to develop new ideas, protect their intellectual property (IP) and take their ideas to market.

Simon Green, Science City’s head of business support, said: “We know clever ideas, that are properly developed, protected and commercialised, are the building blocks of successful businesses and we are firmly focussed on bringing to market the exciting innovations generated by this region’s business community.

“We are really keen to encourage the region’s innovative businesses, as well as start-ups and entrepreneurs, to get involved with the Centre to find out how it can help them explore how to do new things and develop new ideas.” Find out more

Scientist Dr Glen Kemp joins our business support team
Businesses and entrepreneurs in the North East can now benefit from the commercial expertise of scientist Dr Glen Kemp who has joined the Science City business support team.Glen, who has a PhD in microbial biochemistry, has 20 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare and life sciences – having spent 14 years in product and process development with global R&D company Merck Millipore.

Glen said: “I’ve worked with Science City in a number of capacities in recent years and have long admired the work and passion of the team so it is a pleasure to join them and have the chance to bring to bear my experience to benefit the important activity that is under way.” Find out more


British Science Festival – get ready!
Opportunities still remain for North East businesses to benefit from the forthcoming British Science Festival which will throw Newcastle into the spotlight this autumn.The city will have a unique chance to showcase its science and technology credentials when Europe’s longest running science event descends on the city from 7th-12th September.

A range of corporate sponsorship opportunities still exist to suit all budgets and the organiser the British Science Association has a long record of working with businesses to tailor sponsorship and wider involvement opportunities to meet the specific objectives, target audiences and expertise of individual companies.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities further, please email Philip Wilson, Director of Development at the British Science Association ([email protected]) or Rose Wu, Science Festival and Engagement Coordinator, Newcastle University ([email protected]) Find out more about the Festival

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