MP to tour Technology Facility

Posted on 25 May 2018

Nigel Adams MP will visit the department to see the resources that are helping drive critical research both in the University and beyond.

On Friday 25 May, MP for Selby and Ainsty Nigel Adams will be visiting the department’s internationally renowned Technology Facility. He will be meeting with the directors of Eluceda, a Harrogate-based sensor technology business that develops and refines technologies that can detect small molecules, DNA or bacteria, who use the Technology Facility to support their research. The support from the Technology Facility has been critical to the growing success of the company giving it access to what would be unaffordable equipment when required, allowing Eluceda to develop faster and to access markets that would be closed to it without the Facility's help.

The Bioscience Technology Facility offers specialised expertise and equipment in areas such as imaging and cytometry, genomics and bioinformatics, metabolomics and proteomics, molecular interactions and protein production. It is open to both external academic and commercial users, and Eluceda is one of the many local companies to have driven forward their research using the state-of-the-art services available.

Dr Eastwood, Technical Director of Eluceda, commented:

“The company would not exist if it weren’t for the help from the Technology Facility and we even benefit from the broader University, such as speaking with experts in other departments such as Mathematics”.

As part of the visit, Nigel will meet with the Head of Department Professor Ian Graham FRS, before taking a tour of the Technology Facility with the facility’s director, Dr Peter O’Toole.

Peter is hoping that this visit will emphasise the importance of high end instrumentation to support cutting edge research, and display the success that the Facility has had with its innovative model for access to specialised equipment to both academic and commercial users, which is now being copied around the world.