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IAH to become The Pirbright Institute

World-class bioscience to advance under a new name.

12 September 2012

The Institute for Animal Health (IAH) will become The Pirbright Institute from 4 October 2012. The institute receives strategic funding from BBSRC and the Council is the Institute's corporate trustee director.

The new identity for the institute recognises the beginning of a new era, with The Pirbright Institute continuing IAH's world leading surveillance and research on a state-of-the-art redeveloped campus in Pirbright, Surrey.

Significant investment in research infrastructure by BBSRC will shortly begin to be realised with the completion of a new high-containment laboratory for 150 staff. The £100M+ building is expected to be handed over to the institute from the contractors early in 2014. Last year the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, announced a further £100M+ investment by the Government and BBSRC in the next phase of the development of world-class science facilities at Pirbright.

In 2011/12, BBSRC invested over £76.9M in research, training and infrastructure at The Pirbright Institute. In May 2012 it announced a commitment of £38M as the first phase of a five-year investment in the institute.

BBSRC Chief Executive Douglas Kell said "The institute has a long and proud history. Over the last century the different parts of the current institute have had a range of names. The new identity, as The Pirbright Institute, represents the coming together of institute science on a single site, the strength of the new science strategy and is a sign of the bright future for Pirbright with over £250M of investment committed to the institute in the coming years."

The change to The Pirbright Institute name is part of a new visual identity for the institute, including logo and colours. The new name recognises the UK and international standing of decades of animal viral research at the institute's Pirbright site while also reflecting the direction of the institute's new science strategy.

For information about changes associated with The Pirbright Institute name change, including to the institute's registered office and staff email addresses, please see: www.pirbright.ac.uk/FrontStories/2012/NewIdentity.aspx

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