Duke of York in biotech visit

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

The Duke of York has helped to spur on bud­ding en­trepreneurs dur­ing a visit to Alder­ley Park.

Prince An­drew vis­ited the As­traZeneca site as part of Pitch@Palace 5.0, founded to help en­trepreneurs turn their ideas into busi­nesses.

Thir­teen biotech en­trepreneurs pitched to a team of judges as part of the event, which fo­cussed on biotech, health­care and life sci­ences, with three - Promed­stem, Exyo De­sign and Mem­rica - se­lected to at­tend a spe­cial ‘boot­camp’ as part of the scheme.

Prince An­drew said: “In­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship is a cor­ner­stone of our econ­omy. Pitch@Palace pro­vides a plat­form to ac­cel­er­ate and amplify the work of our en­trepreneurs in the UK. Biotech is an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant area as we ad­dress global health­care is­sues. I look for­ward to see­ing th­ese fledg­ling busi­nesses de­velop and suc­ceed in im­pact­ing on the lives of peo­ple across the globe.”

Shaun Grady, vice pres­i­dent, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment at As­traZeneca said: “We are de­lighted to be in­volved with the Pitch@Palace ini­tia­tive and to be sup­port­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of UK biotechs. It’s fit­ting that to­day’s event is tak­ing place at Alder­ley Park, a site which is home to over a thou­sand As­traZeneca staff and which has con­trib­uted enor­mously to hu­man health through the prod­ucts in­vented and de­vel­oped by the sci­en­tists here.”

In 2013 As­traZeneca set up the BioHub at Alder­ley Park, which is now home to over 130 start-up com­pa­nies. The site is now owned by Manch­ester Sci­ence Part­ner­ships, which is con­tin­u­ing to de­velop the 400 acre site as a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for biotech and life sci­ence in­no­va­tion.

●● An­drew Bor­land and Dr Rachel Older­shaw (Promed­stem), Mary Matthews (Mem­rica), and An­drew Mor­gan and Christo­pher Hughes (Exyo) were all cho­sen to progress to the ‘boot­camp’

●● Prince An­drew vis­its Alder­ley Park

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