Paul Walker
Chairman, Newcastle Science City
Science highlights

Newcastle’s scientific excellence has certainly been making big headlines in the past few weeks.

Newcastle University’s progress on its exciting project, led by Professor Paul Younger, to drill for geothermal energy at the Science Central site, along with the university’s top 12 ranking for its research power, and news that Newcastle has been heralded a science ‘super-city’ by HSBC, are testament to the world-class quality of the work that is under way in the city.

Below are a few examples of some of the many other developments in the city’s scientific industry, as well as an update on progress at Newcastle Science City which is striving to make Newcastle an even stronger and successful city of science than it is today.

I’d like to add a personal welcome to John Rundle who has taken over as interim director at Newcastle Science City at the organisation’s new base within Citygate – space formerly used by Newcastle University’s Business School.

John brings a wealth of experience in developing and leading complex partnerships at local, regional and national levels. He is well respected throughout the North East and his skills will be valuable in steering the organisation through an important period of change. Read more about John’s work below.

John Rundle appointed as interim director

Interim director, John Rundle, has firmly taken over the reins at Newcastle Science City as he leads the organisation through a period of transition into a new partnership.

The company will become a joint partnership between Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council when One North East funding ends in March 2012.

John will oversee this transition over the coming months and has taken over responsibilities from outgoing chief executive Peter Arnold, who left the role in May. Finance director, Phil Pattison, is working alongside John in an enhanced role in overseeing the day-to-day delivery of our programmes, focussing on business support, community and education, and science promotion, as well as commitments to the ERDF.

Pioneering support for residents in the last years of their lives

Newcastle is to pilot a ground-breaking project to help residents to maintain their independence in their last years of life – right up to a dignified natural death in their own home.

Newcastle Science City has awarded funding to the scheme as part of its Community Engagement Commissioning Framework, an innovative programme aimed at bringing together the third sector with scientific organisations to make a significant and positive impact on communities.

The project was set up by Home Group – England’s largest provider of care and support – after finding that many of its clients were unaware or unable to access the support they required to manage a positive end-of-life experience in their own home environment.

The scheme has attracted further funding from the Health Innovation and Education Cluster North East.

Further private-sector experience for our team

Matt Hindhaugh has joined the Newcastle Science City business support team and is using his extensive experience of launching and growing new enterprises to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into viable businesses.

In his new role as business mentor, Matt is in an ideal position to share his knowledge of developing new businesses both as standalone entities or new business divisions of much larger organisations with those looking to do the same.

Matt was initially responsible for the creation and growth of one of the largest automotive contract hire companies in the UK. He went on to create a number of other business ventures throughout the UK, including an enterprise management services company specialising in supply chain management, a tracking services company protecting high value mobile assets and vulnerable people, and an online auction company providing a used vehicle remarketing service to the automotive trade community in the UK.

Professor Nicola Curtin
Newcastle University
Spotlight on Newcastle’s leading role in the fight against cancer

Professor Nicola Curtin from the Newcastle Cancer Centre at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University, explains some of the exciting discoveries her team is making in the global fight against cancer.

New ‘smart drugs’ – known as PARP inhibitors – are already showing promise in clinical trials with patients who have breast or ovarian cancer caused by faults in two genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2. However, these gene faults are relatively rare and only account for a small proportion of breast, ovarian and prostate cancers.

But new research from Cancer Research UK scientists at the Newcastle Cancer Centre at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research and their US colleagues, reveals a way to increase the possibilities for PARP inhibitors, paving the way for the development of drugs that could be used to treat a much wider range of different cancer types.

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