UK Biocentre Opened by George Freeman MP, Life Sciences Minister
UK Biocentre Opened by George Freeman MP, Life Sciences Minister.

The NIHR National Biosample Centre in Milton Keynes was officially opened today. The biggest store of its kind in the UK, and one of the biggest in the world, it has space for more than 20 million biological samples - for example blood, saliva and urine. These will be kept at temperatures as low as -196C, in order to preserve them for future use.

There is a push for more research to be done within the UK, to try to find new drugs and treatments - for example The 100,000 Genomes Project.

It is hoped that the Milton Keynes store will help leading researchers and organisations countrywide to deal with the operational challenges of running such large-scale studies. Robots within the store will know the location of each and every sample, meaning quick and accurate selection.

The £24 million project was paid for by Government funding. The overall aim is to increase the UK's capacity for bio-medical and clinical studies, and to encourage more homegrown research.
For the ITV Coverage of the opening event see:

http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2015-01-28/store-for-20-million-blood-and-tissue-samples-opens-in-milton-keynes/

http://westminster.georgefreeman.co.uk/content/opening-national-biosample-centre