New collaboration with GE Healthcare
Minister for Business, Enterprise Technology and Science Edwina Hart attended the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the University and GE Healthcare. The agreement will facilitate closer collaboration on scientific research and development projects.
GE Healthcare and the University are to co-operate on pursuing commercial opportunities, become partners in research funding proposals and will also work together to share knowledge and expertise of their respective industries.
The partnership will also provide opportunities for Cardiff’s staff and students to undertake placements at GE Healthcare to work on the development of new medical technologies, such as imaging, diagnostics and cell technologies, whilst GE will benefit from the multi disciplinary research expertise the University can offer.
Examples of potential initiatives include;
• Commercialization/license of intellectual property and technologies
• Joint challenge projects
• Contract research projects
• Two way staff exchange/secondment and internships
• Undergraduate professional training schemes
Business Minister Edwina Hart said: "I congratulate Cardiff University and GE Healthcare on this forward thinking initiative to bring industry and academia together to mutual benefit. Our Science for Wales strategy published last week calls for this approach and I’m extremely encouraged to see companies and universities come forward in their backing. Enabling Cardiff’s students to be involved in the creation of the next generation of medical technologies will bolster our development in Wales of a highly skilled research workforce."
Cardiff’s Director of Business and Strategic Partnerships, Professor Derek Jones, said: "Entering into this agreement with a company of GE Healthcare’s global standing is a great development in our working relationship. Their insight into the needs of the international healthcare industry will benefit our staff and students in helping to shape their scientific research and professional development. By deploying the University’s research and training capabilities in partnership with GE we can develop new commercial initiatives and help win investment and jobs for Wales."
GE Healthcare General Manager, Cell Technologies Dr Amr Abid said: "It’s fantastic to be working with such a respected institution as Cardiff University at a time when life sciences are playing such an integral role in the growth plan for Wales. Our research here is investigating ways to cut the cost of developing new drugs and to enable the new and rapidly developing field of regenerative medicine. We see this new working agreement as a way to formalise and build on our long-standing partnership with the university and work together towards a healthier future for Wales and the wider world."
Signing of agreement with GE Healthcare
Signing the agreement are (left to right) GE Healthcare General Manager, Cell Technology, Dr Amr Abid and Cardiff University Director of Business and Strategic Partnerships Professor Derek Jones. Standing are (left to right) GE Healthcare General Manager, Consumables, Rick Dool, Welsh Business Minister, Edwina Hart and Cardiff University Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant.