The Liverpool City Region+ consortium have published their Science and Innovation Audit focussing on Materials Chemistry, Infection and High Performance and Cognitive Computing.

Their ambition would see the Liverpool City Region become world-leading in tackling infectious disease, providing a hub for commercialising new material chemistries, and building on computing strengths to create a vibrant and disruptive digital technologies cluster.

Regional Strengths

  • Twice the national average in numbers of businesses for manufacture of pharmaceuticals and chemicals, coupled with research excellence in Chemistry, Engineering, Clinical Medicine and Infectious Diseases
  • High-performance computing at the STFC-run Hartree Centre and the only UK deployment of IBM’s Watson cognitive computing platform
  • An open innovation ecosystem built on co-funded and co-located research within the Knowledge Quarter and Sci-Tech Daresbury.

Gap Analysis and Barriers to Growth

  • Infection needs a targeted inward investment strategy, continued investment in research assets, in addition to ensure that supporting activities e.g. finance, business support are in place..
  • Knowledge transfer around the regional innovation eco-system is key to the continued development in Materials Chemistry.
  • High Performance and Cognitive Computing needs to broaden activities to include industry and service sector user bases, as well as building HP&CC activities into the core business in the region.

Next Steps

  1. Centre of Excellence for Infectious Diseases Research+ (CEIDR+) will build a portfolio of projects with collaborating companies leading to a new brspoke facility for co-location of research and industry users.
  2. MIF Nexus will support major companies through access to shared robotic testing, scaleup and proof-of-concept services in Materials Chemistry.
  3. “Deep Change” will embed High Performance and Cognitive Computing technologies and methods across all parts of the LCR+ regional economy.

For more information, see https://www.liverpoollep.org/growth-sectors/innovation/lcrsia/

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