The University of Glasgow’s £32 million Imaging Centre of Excellence (Ice) opens at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus this week.
The university says the centre will act as a hub turning scientific research into real benefit for patients in Glasgow, Scotland and the wider UK.
It means 396 jobs for the city over a seven year period, and is estimated to contribute £88m to the local economy.
The medical research facility was built in collaboration with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC), and will be opened tomorrow (Wednesday) by the chief executive-designate of UK research and innovation, Professor Sir Mark Walport
Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, vice-principal and head of the college of medical, veterinary and life sciences at the university, said: “Ice will be a world-leading example of a precision medicine centre, bringing together the key partners of the University of Glasgow, the NHS and industry to further clinical research and ultimately bring economic and patient benefits not only for Glasgow, but to the whole of Scotland.
“The Ice isn’t about ivory tower research, it is about bringing world-leading clinical academics together with industry to collaborate and to create something that not only positively benefits patients but also brings a meaningful economic benefit as well.”
The building is already home to Scotland’s first 7 Tesla MRI scanner – the first of its kind in the UK in a clinical setting.
It will also house the Clinical Innovation Zone, a space dedicated to biomedical companies which will facilitate industry collaborations and the development of healthcare technology.
There will also be a further floor of neuro operating theatres, which will be funded by NHSGGC.
Robert Calderwood, NHS GGC chief executive, said: “The opening of this new building is a further step in the collaboration between the NHS and the University of Glasgow to provide world-leading research and cutting edge technology which will benefits patients across Scotland and beyond.
“The Imaging Centre of Excellence has provided us the opportunity to develop four state-of-the-art theatres with full ancillary accommodation which will be utilised by the department of neurosurgery and oral maxillofacial surgery.
“It will also provide the most advanced imaging facilities in the world on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus.”
The building had £16m support from the Medical Research Council and Glasgow City Region City Deal.
Frank McAveety, Glasgow City Council leader, commented: “Glasgow is one of the world’s most innovative cities, with both a proud history and a bright future in life sciences and new technologies.
“This fantastic new facility is a great example of how our ground-breaking Glasgow City Region City Deal is already helping to reinforce that global reputation – while delivering jobs, infrastructure and a whole range of other economic and social benefits.”