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Cambridge Receives £30 million Boost to HLRI

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The Minister for Universities Chris Skidmore has announced a £30 million award to the University of Cambridge to support the new Heart and Lung Research Institute (HLRI).

Once established, the new institute will bring together the highest concentration of heart and lung researches in Europe.

The HLRI will be based next to Royal Papworth Hospital and forms part of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. It will become the home for over 380 scientists and will accommodate state-of-the-art laboratories in genomics, population sciences, research into cellular mechanisms of disease and translational science.

The institute has set an ambitious target to demonstrate proof-of-concept for at least ten new drugs or diagnostic approaches in the next five years.

Professor John Wallwork, Chairman of Royal Papworth Hospital, said: "The Heart and Lung Research Institute will mean new treatments will be created, tested and delivered to tackle the biggest causes of premature death in the world all on one site. This will be a huge step forward and demonstrates one of the reasons Royal Papworth Hospital moved to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus - to collaborate with the best researchers in the world to help to save lives. The importance of this building cannot be underestimated and I can't wait to see how it will transform healthcare in the years to come."