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University of Bolton backs science sector event

The University of Bolton has signed up to support Manchester’s Business of Science Conference as it takes place for the first time tomorrow (19 May).

The education provider joins the list of sponsors putting their name to the event at the city’s Museum of Science and Industry, which will explore the development and commercialisation of science.

BASF, Manchester Science Partnerships, Redx Pharma, Grant Thornton, Chemistry Growth Partnership and Waters are also backing the conference, which will feature insight from more than 20 key figures.

Dame Nancy Rothwell, president and vice-chancellor at the University of Manchester; Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council and Dr Neil Murray, founder and CEO of Redx Pharma will lead the line-up of speakers.

The University of Bolton’s support comes after it last year announced an investment of £25 million in new facilities, including a £10m facility for science and engineering and a new £3m Health Sciences Faculty to teach biomedical sciences.

Professor George E. Holmes DL, vice chancellor of the university, says: “As a university dedicated to giving our students the opportunity of an extraordinary future, it is important to show continued commitment to a growing industry which they will venture into after they leave university.”

Steve Bennett, managing director of Science North Limited, the organiser and host of the event, adds: “We are thrilled to have the University of Bolton sponsor the Business of Science. It’s clear to see the university is making substantial investments into its world class science facilities and so we’re delighted they are supporting the conference.”