A new home for the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology on the University’s West Cambridge site was formally opened yesterday (Tues) by the University Chancellor, The Lord Sainsbury of Turville.
New home for Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology officially opened
In this new home the Department draws together expertise that bridges traditional boundaries of chemical engineering and biotechnology.
- Lord Sainsbury of Turville
The new building is the first of its kind to house the whole cycle of scientific investigation in chemical engineering and biotechnology, and its teaching and commercialisation, under one roof: from fundamental research right through to technology innovation, development and spin-out.
The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology was formed in 2008 by the merger of Chemical Engineering with the former Institute of Biotechnology. The Department works at the interfaces between engineering, chemistry, biology and physics. Its scientists work together with industry leaders and entrepreneurs at the interfaces of these science disciplines to develop innovative solutions to a range of global challenges: from finding new ways to create sustainable energies and conserve the environment to developing innovative healthcare technologies to diagnose and combat disease.
“We create a unique multidisciplinary research environment within the University, in which collaborations with academic and industrial organisations flourish,” said Professor John Dennis, Head of Department.
“In this new home the Department draws together expertise that bridges traditional boundaries of chemical engineering and biotechnology,” said the Chancellor in his remarks. “It is also the home of a Department which has an outstanding track record of innovation. Its research spans from artificial heart valves to affordable disease diagnostic tools. Partnerships are the key: with entrepreneurs and companies around our city; with health partners near and far; with NGOs and institutes across the globe.”
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