D2N2 provides funding for University centre in biomedical science

28 September 2020

A new research and innovation centre based at the University of Derby’s main campus has benefited from an £850,000 investment from D2N2 via its Local Growth Fund allocation.

The £1.75 million Facility for Omics Research in Metabolism (FORM) will focus on the effect that foods, vitamins, supplements, and drugs have on the human body, supporting the education of 800 highly skilled learners as well as providing over 20 jobs.

The Local Growth Fund enables D2N2, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire to invest in projects that benefit the local area and economy, supporting greater numbers of jobs, homes, and learners.

The objective of FORM is to improve the health outcomes of people through a better understanding of how these agents can improve metabolic conditions and treat diseases.

The facility will also bring new capabilities, capacities, and collaborations into D2N2 further advancing the reputation of the region as a hub for innovation in the understanding and treatment of human diseases.

The investment into the OMICs Research Facility follows similar projects D2N2 has invested in with the University, including the Rail Research & Innovation Centre, the Chesterfield Centre for Higher Level Skills, and the DE-Carbonise project.

The facility is due to be completed by April 2021 and will welcome its first learners in September 2021.

D2N2 Interim Chair David Williams said: “We at D2N2 are pleased to be able to back the Facility for OMICSs Research in Metabolism which will further boost our region’s thriving sciences sector and its burgeoning reputation for outstanding research.”

“This project is just the latest in a long line of investments D2N2 has made in partnership with the University of Derby which improve the lives of local people, boost the economy, and help shape the future of our region.”

Professor Warren Manning, Provost for Innovation and Research at the University of Derby, said: “This is another significant development in the University’s research capability, and we are delighted to be working in partnership with D2N2 once again to make it possible.”

“This centre will provide vital data and information for industry and consumers alike, with the long-term aim of improving people’s health outcomes.”

“In addition, new jobs and skills will be delivered, which are essential in a time of such great economic uncertainty as our region aims to bounce back from the impact of the pandemic.”

Dr Chris Bussell, Pro Vice-Chancellor Dean of College of Science & Engineering at the University of Derby said: “This new facility is an exciting proposition to further the capabilities of D2N2; and will establish cutting edge technologies, innovation and world-class research in the Life Sciences sector within Derby and Derbyshire that will contribute to the region’s economic growth.”

Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Luke Hall MP said: “The Government is investing £850,000 through the Local Growth Fund in this innovative new research facility at the University of Derby which will further boost the region’s reputation as a leader in understanding and treating diseases.

“This facility will deliver new jobs for the region and support students and researchers at the University to learn and innovate.”