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Research Collaboration launched with Chinese health firm

last modified Sep 04, 2015 02:53 PM
Cambridge Infinitus Research Centre to be established
Research Collaboration launched with Chinese health firm

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.  

Dr William Ma, Ms Alisha Zheng, Prof Alan Tunnacliffe, Dr Tim Qin, Prof Richard Prager, Prof Clemens Kaminski, Mr Frank Gong, Mr Leon Li
The money will go to establish CIRCE (the Cambridge Infinitus Research Centre) with the aim of analysing the biological activity of polypeptides and polysaccharides derived from plants and fungi.  25% of all modern medicines are derivatives of natural products and a major driver for research in CIRCE will be molecular regulators of protein homeostasis in cell and organism models that offer potential strategies in the treatment of diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.  

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."

The group visiting CEB new building: Ms Alisha Zheng, Mr Leon Li, Dr William Ma, Ms Jessica Rose (CUDAR), Prof Alan Tunnacliffe, Mr Frank Gong, Dr Tim Qin, Dr Yoyo Zou, CFK, Ms Fiona Liang, Ms Isa Shan, Dr Yoana Wang, Dr Damon Ding

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