Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Chemical Engineering

Biological Engineering

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Now that the human genome, amongst others, has been sequenced and some of the roles of each gene have been understood, many of the proteins that they encode will have to be produced in sufficient quantities for the predicted benefits in human healthcare and welfare to be realised.

Additionally, within the pharmaceutical and healthcare functions there is an immediate worldwide need for the development of replacement human tissue via the regenerative medicine approach and the application of stem cells. Indeed continued improvements in the nation’s health depend upon the efficient development of new generations of bioscience-based therapies and techniques.

In line with Loughborough’s long-term strategy to help to ‘improve the nation’s quality of life’ the University has now created a fully integrated ‘innovation-to-product’ £2.5m ‘Centre for Biological Engineering’ (CBE) shared between the Department of Chemical Engineering, The Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

This initiative has created new capability and capacity in biological engineering in the UK and by maximising the amount of resource available, Loughborough is able to compete with the best in the world.

The 650m2 facility is made-up of a suite of Class 2 laboratories for microbial, animal and human cell growth, a bioelectrical facility and an analytical suite to service all laboratories. In particular the facility is entered via a dedicated restricted access laboratory transfer area, which will enable controlled operation for the whole area.

A second self-contained suite is dedicated to cGMP operation. Equipment available includes a range of new cell culture vessels, an automated cell culture platform, FACS, as well as other state-of-the art imaging and analytical techniques. Additionally, open plan postgraduate/postdoctoral writing and meeting rooms are located adjacent to these laboratories.

The activities within the CBE are positioned in the translational space between scientific discovery and the production of cell based/biological products, techniques and therapies. This makes us one of the major national centres for late stage, cGMP, process-oriented research.

The CBE is also home to the £5M Loughborough led and integrated Grand Challenge in Regenerative Medicine (remedi) and the £6.1m EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Regenerative Medicine, which will fund the training of 50 PhD students over 5 years. The DTC is held jointly with Keele and Nottingham Universities, but is led from Loughborough.

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