NHS Tayside and its partners have welcomed funding announced in the Tay Cities Deal for the Tayside Biomedical Cluster, a project which aims to make the region one of the most attractive and sought after biomedical locations in the UK.
A £25 million investment to grow the Tayside Biomedical Cluster was one of the projects announced to receive investment in the Tay Cities Deal Heads of Terms Agreement. Funding will stimulate a step change in innovation-led growth and create new jobs for the region.
Welcoming the announcement Chief Executive Malcolm Wright said, “As the biggest employer in the region, NHS Tayside is a proud partner of these exciting technology and training opportunities. We will continue to support this and other future ventures that aim to improve the health and wealth of the region’s population whilst always seeking broader regional and national collaborations where possible.”
Professor Dilip Nathwani, Director of the Academic Health Sciences Partnership (AHSP), said, “Investment in this project will enhance the significant impact of medical technology research and development.
“It will also support the development of health skills training and simulation, particularly in the area of minimal invasive surgery and the expansion of the robotics surgery training programme. This will be achieved through the strong partnership between AHSP, the University of Dundee, NHS Tayside, local authorities and commercial partners.”
Grant Ritchie, Principal of Dundee and Angus College said, “We greatly welcome the Tay Cities Deal and the opportunity to develop a responsive, relevant and flexible curriculum offer which is informed by local need. Dundee and Angus College is ideally placed to help deliver the skills and training needed to help support the growth in the Life Sciences Sector in Tayside.”
Professor Sir Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee, said, “This agreement of the Tay Cities Deal will have a great impact on Dundee and the surrounding areas, creating new jobs and attracting further inward investment. We are delighted to be working with local partners and both the UK and Scottish governments to further strengthen the economy in the Tay Cities area and stimulate innovation and enterprise.”