Mayor launches MedCity
On the 8th April 2014, Boris Johnson launched MedCity at Imperial University.
MedCity hopes to strengthen the links between hospitals, universities and businesses in London, Oxford and Cambridge - otherwise known as 'The Golden Triangle'. The Mayor, Boris Johnson aims to make this world’s capital for Life Sciences. It will receive £2.9m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and £1.2m from the Mayor's own office.
BIVDA’s Chief Executive Doris-Ann Williams was there at the launch, and heard the Mayor speak passionately on the subject likening the three centres, London, Oxford and Cambridge, to a constellation of stars.
Kit Malthouse, the deputy Mayor of London, said the intention was to create a “global brand” to draw investment into science and to ensure that advances are better exploited to boost the economy.
2015 will see the opening of the the £500m Francis Crick Institute in London. Cambridge has already opened a new £212m MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology, and Oxford University has proposed a £21m "BioEscalator" to bring together its medical research.
Links are being made with the Innovation Hub in Wales and with the Northern Health Science Alliance (www.thenhsa.co.uk/) to ensure benefits reach beyond the South East.
You can find more information on their website here and a number of articles have now been written on the subject, though not an extensive list:
The Guardian, What Med City Can Learn from TechCity
The Telegraph, London to house MedCity 'golden triangle'
The Financial Times, Boris Johnson launches Medcity to boost lifesciences