Work has started on the construction of the world’s first cell and gene therapy centre at Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst, the UK’s pioneering life sciences open innovation campus. The £55m project for Cell Therapy Catapult is expected to be completed in 2017 with 150 new jobs working on the manufacture of different cell therapies for late phase clinical trials and the supply of cell and gene therapies for pharma companies around the world.

George Freeman, the UK’s Minister for Life Sciences, said: “It will be the world’s first facility of its kind and I am very proud it will be built in the UK. The centre will contribute to the development of a large scale industry in the UK and the development of a cell and gene therapy cluster that will deliver both health and wealth to the UK.”

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