The biomedical landmark, the Sir Michael Uren Hub, launches in London

The Sir Michael Uren Hub – one of the world’s most significant centres for biomedical engineering – opens at Imperial College London’s White City Campus.

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The Sir Michael Uren Hub – one of the world’s most significant centres for biomedical engineering – opens at Imperial College London’s White City Campus

The state-of-the-art facility was made possible by a £40 million gift from Sir Michael Uren OBE and his foundation, the most generous gift in the College’s history.

It was opened by Minister for Science, Research and Innovation George Freeman MP with Imperial’s Provost Professor Ian Walmsley and Mark Uren from the Michael Uren Foundation.

Collaborative facility

Designed as a multidisciplinary collaborative facility, the Sir Michael Uren Hub provides space for Imperial’s world-leading researchers, engineers, scientists and clinicians to work alongside one another to tackle biomedical and healthcare problems.

The Hub will bring together over 500 engineers, clinicians, and scientists to develop new and affordable medical technologies. They will combine the latest medical research and engineering to improve the treatment and diagnosis of diverse medical conditions, from finding ways to treat dementia to creating bionic limbs.

“This landmark building enables researchers, engineers, scientists and clinicians to work side by side to address some of the most pressing biomedical and healthcare problems of our time. By translating life-changing research into new and affordable medical technology, we will improve patient care for generations to come.

Professor Alice Gast, President, Imperial College London

“The building, made possible only through Sir Michael’s remarkable gift, will stand as a testament to his vision and generosity.”

Life-changing research

"This cluster of expertise and collaboration across disciplines and sectors is truly world-class", added George Freeman, MP Minister for Science, Research and Innovation.

The 13-storey building includes state-of-the-art laboratory and office facilities for the next generation of biomedical engineering research focused on a variety of technologies and applications. Housing interdisciplinary research initiatives from across Imperial’s departments and faculties, the building will take medical innovations from the lab to the wards, benefitting from its proximity to the College’s Hammersmith Hospital campus. 

"The Sir Michael Uren Hub at Imperial’s White City Campus puts the UK at the forefront of some of the most important scientific and technological challenges of the 21st century. This cluster of expertise and collaboration across disciplines and sectors is truly world-class."

George Freeman MP, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation

Thriving research community

The Uren Hub forms a key part of the White City Campus, where the College is creating a unique enterprise and innovation ecosystem, supporting enterprising talented staff and students to move from multi-disciplinary cutting-edge research to ideation and incubation settings with tailored support at every stage.

The Campus houses the I-HUB, providing fully fitted and bespoke lab and office space to accommodate commercial R&D activities. It is also home to the White City Incubator, Imperial's hub for growing deep science startups, and the Molecular Sciences Research Hub (MSRH), the new home for the Department of Chemistry in White City and delivered by ISG back in 2018.

Find out more about the event on Imperial College London's website or watch a recording here:
Sir Michael Uren - ISG opening
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