Minister for life sciences George Freeman visited Crawley on Tuesday (September 8) to officially mark the start of a multimillion pound radiotherapy centre of excellence in Crawley.
The Minister joined over 40 dignitaries including Elekta president and CEO Tomas Puusepp; Crawley Borough Council CEO Lee Harris; and chief executive of Gatwick Diamond Business Jeremy Taylor.
Elekta’s new facility will be called Cornerstone and will sit next to the company’s existing site on Manor Royal.
This is the site where the world’s first commercially-produced linear accelerator (linac) was invented and the current version is produced.
Cornerstone is scheduled to open in 2017 when it will become a local, regional and global community resource; hosting events and workshops for students and experts.
Elekta president and CEO Tomas Puusepp said: “We are extremely grateful that the Minister for Life Sciences could join us on this special occasion. For several years now, we have sought to create a building and lasting legacy worthy of the life-changing innovations that Crawley has brought to the world; not to mention the multimillion pound impact on UK manufacturing exports and the regional economy.
“The campus will celebrate radiotherapy excellence; inspire health care engineering ingenuity and maintain the momentum of British innovation for which Crawley is renowned. We are especially delighted that so many prestigious national and regional figures will be joining us on this momentous occasion.”
Minister for life sciences George Freeman said: “Elekta’s new ‘Cornerstone’ campus in Crawley will be a global hub for innovation in radiotherapy. Their commitment to the UK is another step towards our goal to be the location of choice for investment in global life sciences, with over £3.5 billion of inward investment into the UK since we launched our Life Science Strategy .”
Elekta was granted planning permission to build the new campus building in Crawley on February 4, World Cancer Day.
The plans for the facility were shown publicly for the first time in October, 2014 at Crawley Civic Hall.
More than 100 people visited the event, which revealed future plans for Cornerstone including GP and Breakfast TV Health Editor Dr. Hilary Jones.
More information about the planned Cornerstone development is available at www.cornerstonehub.net.
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