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11 July, 2006 - 11:33 By Staff Reporter

£2m wet labs for Uni of Herts

New state of the art chemistry labs have been built at the University of Hertfordshire following a £2m investment.

The facilities include a 75 capacity chemistry laboratory and a fully-equipped analytical laboratory with new instrumentation for 40 students.

Professor Tim Wilson, vice-chancellor at the University, said: “The pharmaceutical industry is really important to this region and within a 15 mile radius of the University of Hertfordshire is the largest cluster of pharmaceutical and pharmacological companies in Europe. We consider ourselves to be a part of that cluster.

Martin O’Donoghue, senior VP of Scientific Instruments, who officially opened the new buildings said: “We are on the verge of a new wave of development in science, and that these are the kind of labs that are necessary in today’s world."

Pharmaceutical companies that attended the opening of the new laboratories included Glaxo Smith Klein, Merck Sharp Dohme and representatives from Eisai, the Japanese company that recently announced the opening in Hatfield of its strategic European base (by 2008).

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