People, skills and training
Continuing our series of articles on Great British bioscience pioneers, we profile Professor Shankar Balasubramanian FRS. His research at the interface between biology and chemistry led to the invention of the Solexa sequencing method – one of the main 'next generation' technologies that has made it possible for labs around the world to sequence whole genomes in a matter of hours and for a fraction of the cost.
Four of the UK's most gifted students won medals in the 25th International Biology Olympiad, in Bali (25th IBO) this month. The UK team was Adam Heath (gold medal winner), Josh Dickerson (silver medal winner) Dia Ghose (silver medal winner), and Rebecca Peel (bronze medal winner).
Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman has opened a landmark new building in Norwich that will enable businesses to interact with the best scientific and research minds in areas such as food, health, energy and the environment. The new £11.5M Centrum building will be the heart of innovation and enterprise at the Norwich Research Park, a leading hub of lifescience innovation that is undergoing expansion to bring jobs and major investment to the region.