Byers announces package of measures for north west science

Stephen Byers, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, today
revealed a package of initiatives that are said to provide a boost for science in the North West of England.

Stephen Byers, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, todayrevealed a package of initiatives that are said to provide a boost for science in the North West of England, including a new NorthWestScience Council dedicated to the region.

Publishing the Government’s response to the North West Science and Daresbury Development Group’s report, Stephen Byers announced support initiatives including a North West Science Council bringing together higher education institutions, the regional development agency (RDA) and industry.

The Council will aim to develop a 10-15 year science strategy for theregion to ensure a coherent and active promotion of the North Westas a region of scientific excellence and a strategic approach toscientific investment in the area.

The government will also lend its support to two projects worth £150 million, part of the proposed Centre for Accelerator Science and Imaging and Medicine (CASIM)

Other areas targeted for government support are the £50 million Fourth Generation Light Source and the £100 million Proton Cyclotron, which is said to have potential medical, scientific and industrial benefits. The NHS North West Regional Research Director would take forward feasibility work on this project with the intention of basing it at Daresbury.

The government will also pump £3 million into a proposed £24 million Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility as well as support the establishment of a Public Private Partnership Company to act as a bridge between Daresbury and industry to enhance the exploitation of its scientific expertise for the benefit of the region.

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