First Minister of Wales officially opens AberInnovation

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ABERINNOVATION, which provides facilities and expertise for the biotechnology, agri-tech, and food and drink sectors, celebrated its official opening recently in a ceremony presided over by the Right Honourable Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister of Wales.

Based on Aberystwyth University’s Gogerddan Campus, AberInnovation comprises state-of-the-art facilities at the £43.5m development which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, the BBSRC - part of UK Research and Innovation - and Aberystwyth University.

Mark Drakeford said: “I’m delighted that the Welsh Government has been able to support this venture with over £23m through the ERDF programme. AberInnovation is now perfectly placed to develop collaborative research and development projects.”

The AberInnovation development includes four custom-designed zones for agri-food and circular economy research and development: Its Biorefining Centre, Future Food Centre, Advanced Analysis Centre and the Aberystwyth University Seed Biobank.

Co-located on the site is the AberInnovation Incubator, office accommodation for start-ups and SMEs seeking to collaborate with Aberystwyth University academics using the Campus’s facilities.

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