National Measurement Laboratory at LGC chooses Leeds for new hub

The National Measurement Laboratory (NML) at LGC has chosen Leeds for its Northern Cell Metrology Hub – a new centre of innovation for clinical diagnostics and medical technology.

The first step in a strategic partnership between the University of Leeds, Nexus and the NML, the hub was launched on Friday (31 March) at a special event hosted by the University of Leeds innovation community, Nexus.

Professor Julian Braybrook, UK Government Chemist and Director of Science & Partnerships of National Laboratories, LGC said: “Cells provide the structure and function for all living things. However, they are particularly complex to characterise robustly. Whilst the partnership coming together through this Hub represents significant progress in our collaboration, I most look forward to our working together to develop new internationally leading approaches that support the greater understanding of biological measurement.’

NML Scientist talking in the laboratory.

The hub, which represents a new centre for the NML’s existing cell metrology capabilities in the UK, will support health and life science industries achieve safe, reliable and productive solutions through innovative technology and will focus on the standardisation of cell measurements, using flow cytometry and bio-imaging techniques, for analysis of single cells.

Dr Martin Stow, Chair and Director at Nexus, added: “This is yet another huge accolade for Leeds City Region as a centre of excellence and innovation in healthcare and life sciences. As part of the Leeds Innovation Arc – the innovation neighbourhoods formed around our universities and the proposed new adult and children’s hospitals in the city – the new hub confirms Leeds’ status as a welcoming and thriving location for businesses and organisations which have a positive impact on people’s health and society’s wellbeing.”

Scientist sitting at computer.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire

In addition to the University as partner, the new hub has local support from the Mayor of West Yorkshire, as well as the Yorkshire & Humberside Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.

Professor Nick Plant, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Leeds, said: “This partnership is the start of an exciting long-term collaboration between the University of Leeds, Nexus and the NML, further developing our reputation as a national hub for medical technology innovation. We will be working closely with the NML, sharing vital knowledge and equipment through our Cellular Biology specialists at the University’s Astbury Centre.”

Professor Nick Plant and Professor Julian Braybrook talking in the Nexus Atrium.

From left to right: Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, Professor Nick Plant, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research & Innovation and Professor Julian Braybrook, UK Government Chemist and Director of Science & Partnerships of National Laboratories