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Innovations that improve the health of farmed animals and raise agricultural productivity will be brought to market with the support of a £10 million investment. The investment in the new company Roslin Technologies will develop business opportunities arising from The University of Edinburgh’s world-leading animal science research.

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.