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Welcome to the June issue of the N8 Research Partnership ebulletin.

Over the last 6 months we have been looking at new and different ways to share investments in unique research equipment across the universities. Our report ‘Sharing for Excellence and Growth’, funded by the EPSRC, highlights the costs and challenges for sharing equipment, but also the wider benefits that can be realised, including recruiting and training talent, and enabling more ambitious and novel research strategies.

We are implementing these new approaches, through an EPSRC award for a £3.25m Centre of Excellence for High Performance Computing, announced this month. The new N8 Centre, based at Leeds and run jointly with Manchester, provides a facility that is not currently available to the 8 partners. The Centre will enable more advanced modelling and analyses, allowing researchers to address a range of critical challenges in healthcare, energy and transport.

We were delighted to welcome Iain Gray to the University of York to launch the Regener8 Proof of Concept funding call for regenerative medicine projects that demonstrate significant commercial potential.

Finally METRC have announced the first winners of their Innovation Vouchers, supporting some exciting and novel business-led projects in Nanotechnology and Micro Engineering.

I hope you enjoy reading this e-bulletin and please get in touch with your comments and ideas.

Best regards,
Sarah Jackson
Director, N8


A shared vision of scientific strengths

A project to map the research equipment across universities in the North could point the way to greater collaboration between universities and improved research links with industry.

The report ‘Sharing for Excellence and Growth’ funded by the EPSRC, has identified opportunities for sharing the unique research equipment housed in each institution and wider benefits arising from this including: better training and recruitment of world class research talent, new and novel research ideas, and the development of leading-edge equipment through strategic relationships with technology manufacturers and suppliers.

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N8 leading the way in high performance computing

The N8 Research Partnership has launched a new £3.25m Centre of Excellence for High Performance Computing, which is bringing together the best academic expertise in the North of England.

The Centre of Excellence will underpin world-class research, allowing partner institutions to carry out advanced computational modelling and analysis in areas including healthcare, energy, aerospace and physical sciences. The shared facility will make it easier for institutions to collaborate on research and will create opportunities to engage more effectively with business and the community.

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Specialist funds launched to support novel regenerative therapies

Exclusive funding for regenerative medicine projects with N8 academic and industry collaborators was launched by Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, at a high profile event at the University of York on Wednesday 20 June.

The event, organised by Regener8 and the Medical Technologies IKC, launched a call for five Proof of Concept awards of up to £100K to fund projects that align with the therapeutic priorities identified in the Research Councils UK Regenerative Medicine Strategy.

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METRC awards funds for innovation and product development

METRC is proud to announce the first tranche of their Innovation Award winners.  These have been awarded to help companies innovate in partnership with academic experts from universities in the North of England. 

METRC Innovation Awards support new research and innovation projects between universities and companies in the fields of Nanotechnology, Science and Engineering.

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Regener8 Annual Conference programme announced

Date: 27 September 2012
Time: 9:00-17:00
Venue: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Rd Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE8 3BA
Cost: £75 (inc VAT)

The Regener8 Annual Conference 2012 programme has been announced. Keynote speakers include Keith Thomson, CEO of the Cell Therapy Catapult Centre, Wilfried Dalemans, Chief Technical Officer of TiGenix and Helen Berry, Research and Technical Manager of Tissue Regenix Group.

The day is aimed at academics, clinicians and industry representatives who are involved in the field of regenerative medicine. Existing Regener8 members as well as new representatives from the wider regenerative medicine community that would like to engage with like-minded delegates are welcome.

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