Prof Clemens Kaminski, Prof Richard Prager, Prof Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Dr Tim Qin (Senior Vice President, Infinitus), Prof Alan Tunnacliffe, Mr Leon Li (Director of Marketing, Infinitus) and Dr William Ma (Director of Research, Infinitus).
The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology was awarded a major research contract and a donation from Chinese Health company Infinitus.
The event was recognised through a signing ceremony on Wednesday, 3rd September 2015 with the University's Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz and the Head of the School of Technology, Prof Richard Prager. They are shown in the photograph with representatives of the company.
The deal is worth more than £4.0M and includes a very significant donation towards the construction of the department's new building on the University's West Site.
CIRCE will make use of the combined expertise available in cell biology and advanced molecular imaging techniques, available in the combined laboratories of Dr. Gabi Kaminski, recently appointed lecturer in Molecular Biotechnology, and of advanced microscopy technologies, available in Prof. Clemens Kaminski's research group. The centre will be strategically advised by Prof. Alan Tunnacliffe, a world leader in the biochemistry of phytopharmacological compounds.
Prof. Kaminski says: "I am absolutely thrilled to think of the opportunities that CIRCE will bring to us and our department. We are ideally placed in our new building to tackle some of the very challenging problems that come with research on the molecular origins of devastating diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Infinitus is a world leading biotechnology company and I have been greatly impressed with their vision and enthusiasm to drive this exciting new venture forward."