MAHSC’s ongoing relationships with Hitachi has helped to cement the international technology giant’s connection to Manchester, with it recently establishing a European Big Data Laboratory at Citylabs, Manchester Science Partnerships’ (MSP) £25m stunning new high-specification office and laboratory space, based at the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust site. The new office will create new jobs and boost the local economy.
Hitachi’s Big Data Laboratory at Citylabs, which is part funded by ERDF, is now one of three Hitachi European R&D bases related to ‘Big Data’ activities. In the UK, Hitachi works with The University of Manchester, Salford Hospital, digital healthcare specialist NorthWest EHealth (NWEH) and Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) which is a partnership between The University of Manchester and six NHS organisations dedicated to connecting healthcare providers with academics and researchers in order to raise health outcomes among the local population as well as those further afield.
The project work at Citylabs will focus on disease prevention and improving the quality of patient care in the UK, through the study of data-intensive health science and digital technologies.
Citylabs is MSP’s 100,000 sq ft redevelopment of the former Manchester Royal Eye Hospital into a purpose-built biomedical centre of excellence, launched earlier this year by the Chancellor George Osborne. In his keynote speech at the time, the Chancellor cited Citylabs as an important contributor to the work of “building the Northern Powerhouse”.
Rowena Burns, Chief Executive at Manchester Science Partnerships comments: “Centrally located on Europe’s largest clinical academic campus, Citylabs is perfectly placed as a gateway to investment, offering unique opportunities for innovation and collaboration, at the heart of a mature and growing biomedical business cluster.
“We are absolutely delighted that a global player like Hitachi has chosen Citylabs as an ideal home for their ground-breaking work in healthcare innovation. This is yet more evidence of the strength of collaboration and how Industry, working closely with academic and clinical partners, can help drive Manchester’s vision to be at the forefront of health innovation. It’s this willingness of our partners to work together that will help shape the next generation of digital healthcare technologies and their shared belief in a common goal that will drive direct inward investment and ultimately improve outcomes for patients.”
Massimiliano Lenardi, Manchester’s Laboratory Manager and Senior Researcher, Hitachi Europe Ltd. commented: “We initially established our Big Data Laboratory during 2013 within The University of Manchester campus. At that time a small location was chosen to launch the project where Hitachi could co-innovate with local partners. However, it then became apparent we needed a larger and newer space. Citylabs is a fantastic location to be working from and we are looking forward to continuing our work on social innovation within the healthcare domain.”