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42 million Pharmaceutical Laboratories opened

Representatives from British universities, including Leicester, and the pharmaceutical industry have joined in celebrations at the opening of state-of-the-art pharmaceutical development facilities in Leicestershire costing 42 million.

Professor Steven Ley opened the facilities at AstraZeneca R&D Charnwood, Loughborough, on September 16 in front of an audience containing representatives from academia, industry and Government. Professor Jonathan Percy, from the Department of Chemistry, attended from Leicester.

Professor Ley, who is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity College, is Immediate Past President of the Royal Society of Chemistry and was made a CBE in January 2002.

The opening involved Process R&D Laboratories, which cost 30 million and house staff who seek to identify synthetic routes and develop processes that will be used to provide active materials for clinical trials and eventually for the manufacture of commercial quantities of new medicines.

And, Large Scale Laboratories, costing 12 million, which use those routes to synthesise quantities of potential new medicines for use in toxicity and clinical trials as well as developing knowledge of the chosen process routes. 

September 2002

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