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Manchester announces life sciences strategy

A life sciences strategy for Greater Manchester and Cheshire East will be published in spring 2015, while a £40-million life sciences inward investment fund for the region will be up and running in April.

The announcements were made at the launch of Manchester as the European City of Science 2016 at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry on 8 December.

Rowena Burns, chief executive of the Manchester Science Partnership, said that the strategy was being prepared by Nancy Rothwell, vice-chancellor of the University of Manchester, and would be a collaborative effort between industry and academia. She also confirmed that a bid for £20m from the Greater Manchester and central governments for a life sciences inward investment fund to accelerate industry growth had been successful, and would be match-funded by industry.

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