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State-of-the-art biomedical lab opens at Imperial College
Leica Microsystems supports innovation through partnership agreement
The opening ceremony of the Sir Michael Uren Hub in White City on 6th December was attended by representatives from Leica Microsystems. As key partners of the prestigious Imperial College London in the field of optical imaging and its use, Leica helps Imperial drive forward research and innovation through the next generation of biomedical engineering research. Both Imperial campuses in South Kensington and White City are equipped with cutting-edge imaging solutions from Leica Microsystems, such as THUNDER imaging systems and STELLARIS confocal microscope systems.
The new Sir Michael Uren building features state-of-the-art laboratory and office facilities, which will drive clinical translation of MedTech innovation through integrated clinical and imaging facilities. Together with the adjacent Translation and Innovation Hub (I-HUB), it brings together over 500 engineers, clinicians, and scientists to develop the affordable medical technologies of the future.
In January 2021, Leica Microsystems announced a long-term partnership with Imperial College London in the field of optical imaging and its use in research and innovation, to set up a dedicated imaging hub at Imperial with advanced confocal and widefield microscopy systems. Based at Imperial College London’s White City and South Kensington Campuses, the Leica and Imperial Imaging Hub will provide advanced, efficient systems for biomedical imaging that will bring together expertise from across the scientific community. The Hub will also serve as a platform for Imperial and Leica Microsystems to maintain a close dialogue on the value of microscopy in development and research applications, as well as to collaborate on joint research projects.
“We are very pleased to be present at the opening ceremony for the Sir Michael Uren Hub, to show our strong commitment and support for our partnership with Imperial College London,” says James O’Brien, VP Life Science at Leica Microsystems. “We are privileged to support researchers at Imperial to gain deeper insights which advance scientific understanding and safeguard health, and in parallel work to closely understand the future imaging challenges that we can solve together.”
Leica Microsystems develops commercial partnerships with academic institutions not only through the provision of equipment, but also through knowledge-sharing facilitated by workshops, training and support.
About Leica Microsystems
Leica Microsystems develops and manufactures microscopes and scientific instruments for the analysis of microstructures and nanostructures. Ever since the company started as a family business in the nineteenth century, its instruments have been widely recognized for their optical precision and innovative technology. It is one of the market leaders in compound and stereo microscopy, digital microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy with related imaging systems, electron microscopy sample preparation, and surgical microscopes.
Leica Microsystems has six major plants and product development sites around the world. The company is represented in over 100 countries, has sales and service organizations in 20 countries, and an international network of distribution partners. Its headquarters are located in Wetzlar, Germany.