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7 February, 2016 - 22:58 By Kate Sweeney

AZ’s new Cambridge HQ really is a work of art

AstraZeneca and its biologics R & D arm MedImmune, have inaugurated ‘Science in pictures’ – an artwork installation on the hoardings around the construction site of their new Research & Development Centre and corporate headquarters on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. 

This new state of the art R&D facility will bring together small molecule and biologics research and development. It is designed to encourage collaborative working across the organisation as well with the wider scientific community through its open design and ‘campus’ environment.

The artwork is the output of collaboration with nine local schools and the imagination and creativity of over 400 students, aged seven to 17, from UTC Cambridge, Long Road Sixth Form College, Parkside Community College, St Mary’s School, Sawston Village College, Stephen Perse Foundation, Park Street C of E Primary School, St Faith’s School and St Alban’s Catholic Primary School.

The project is part of AstraZeneca’s science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) outreach programme in the local Cambridge community. Following workshops led by AstraZeneca and MedImmune scientists and local artists, students were invited to create a circular picture that captures what science means to them.

These workshops, which took place in the summer of 2015 at the University Technical College and the Cambridge Science Centre, provided insight into the science behind new medicines and how potential medicines are identified and developed.

Dr Jane Osbourn, VP of R & D, MedImmune, said: “We are committed to sharing our passion for science by supporting science-based educational events for young people.

“The science in pictures workshops introduced students to the kind of research biopharmaceutical companies undertake and the breakthroughs that are possible for the treatment of the world’s most complex diseases.”

Dr Menelas Pangalos, executive vice-president, AstraZeneca added: “The circular artwork that the students produced captures the visual world of discovery science and will provide a creative enhancement to the hoardings around the new Cambridge Biomedical Campus site. We would like to thank STEM Team East, Cambridge Science Centre and all of the schools for their engagement in this project.”

In addition to active volunteer-led programmes in schools, AstraZeneca sponsor outreach initiatives through the Cambridge Science Festival and the Cambridge Science Centre. Commenting on progress with the construction of the R & D centre and corporate headquarters, Dr Pangalos said: “Our new home in Cambridge will enable us to play a greater role in delivering the next generation of medicines that will positively influence millions of lives. 

“Our relocation and building are very much on target, with over 1500 employees working in the Cambridge area across six sites.

“Work has begun on the foundations of our Energy Centre and the R & D Centre. We are on track to move into the Energy Centre by the end of 2016, followed by a phased relocation of our teams into the R & D Centre from 2017.”

• Picture by Adam Smyth

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