Partners defend London home for £650m flagship UK research centre

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 10 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d952
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The four partners in what is hoped to be the UK’s flagship leading medical research institute have defended the decision to locate it in London and the high costs of doing so.

MPs on the parliamentary science and technology committee were quizzing witnesses on 9 February as part of their inquiry into the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI).

The £650m (€766m; $1043m) centre is designed to be an interdisciplinary medical research institute. Created as an independent charity, it is scheduled to open in 2015, employing 1500 staff, including 1250 scientists, with an operating budget of more than £100m. It will be housed in a newly built centre at St Pancras in central London. …

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