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The construction of the Quadram Institute, Norwich Research Park’s state-of-the-art new centre for food and health research, reached a significant stage this week (Thursday 2 March) with the final cement pouring. George Freeman MP, chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board and former UK Minister for Life Sciences, led a ceremony to make the occasion, which was also attended by representatives of Quadram Institute’s four partners, the University of East Anglia (UEA), the Institute of Food Research (IFR), the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

From prolonging shelf life to developing new sources of protein – more than 6,000 British food and drink companies can now take advantage of new technologies and expert advice at the touch of a button, helping revolutionise the production of their food. The new food industry network launched by Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom today will give ambitious British entrepreneurs unparalleled access to first-class facilities – such as test kitchens and laboratories to help them launch new products onto the market.

Fish are commonly used in experiments to identify environmental hazards and pollutants in water. As gills are in constant contact with the water, they are often the focal point for studies seeking to understand the effects of exposure to toxicants. The team at the Bury Lab, King’s College London, have validated a pioneering technique to recreate a freshwater gill system in the lab.