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Stem cell institute to be created
Stem cells
The Institute will build on existing strengths in the region
A 25m centre which aims to place the north-east of England at the cutting edge of stem cell research is to be created, it has been announced.

Regional development agency One NorthEast has approved 9.8m for the funding package, which also involves Newcastle and Durham universities.

Newcastle's International Centre for Life will house the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

It will create 25 jobs, mainly scientists and technicians.

The Institute will be a major part of the Science City initiative which aims to put Newcastle at the forefront of the research field.

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One NorthEast chief executive Alan Clarke said: "The North East is now very much at the cutting edge of research and development into areas such as stem cell technologies, which are essential to the future of science and young people in the region.

"Also bringing all the potential economic benefits to our region in terms of high quality jobs, increased international profile and business development."

Two facilities will be created - one in the Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life, run by the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust, and an adjacent stem cell laboratory occupied by Newcastle University scientists.

The aim is that enough quality stem cells will be produced to treat diseases.

New facilities at Durham University will provide a service to stem cell scientists across the region.

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