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New Centre Builds Bio Pharmaceutical AND Biotechnology Skills

An idea hatched in Kent looks set to provide bioscience companies across the South East with an invaluable skills and training facility.

A collaboration between the International Institute of Biotechnology (IIB) and the Sittingbourne Enterprise Hub has led to the creation of the Kent Science Resource Centre (KSRC) – a new science training centre for Kent, Medway and the South East, which will open in September 2007.  

The new centre, which plans to welcome its first students in September 2007, will be located at Kent Science Park, recently described as ‘the most enterprising place in the South East’ after reaching the national finals of the 2006 Enterprising Britain Awards.  

Dr Dodd, Sittingbourne Hub Director, said, “The centre is developing its training programme in close collaboration with large and small bio-industry companies and the new South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA) to ensure industry gets what it needs to grow – access to a highly skilled workforce.”  

The Sittingbourne Hub has appointed Paul Walsh, himself a successful entrepreneur with a track record in the sector, as Director of KSRC to develop the centre, oversee the development of the training programme and work closely with bio-industry and stakeholders.  

Paul Walsh commented, “We believe KSRC is unique to the UK in terms of meeting the need for quality skilled employees in the bio-industry sector, a sector anticipated to provide major research and manufacturing strength for this country.”  

Contact: Sittingbourne Enterprise Hub T 01795 411 501    

Author: Ally Charles

Created Date: 08-11-2006


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