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Teesside University’s £22m National Horizons Centre is a research, teaching and training facility sitting at the heart of a cluster of excellence on Darlington’s Central Park alongside the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre and Teesside University’s Centre for Professional and Executive Development.

The National Horizons Centre has been established to address the growth needs of the bio-based industries including biologics, industrial biotechnology and bio-pharmaceuticals. Its creation facilitates closer linkages between industry and academia, to provide the bioscience sector with knowledge, skills, talent and facilities to support its development and growth

State-of-the-Art Facilities

The National Horizons Centre facilitates growth through industry-led research and innovation, enabling users to undertake process development, process improvement and product characterisation.

It is one of the most well-equipped bioscience training facilities in the UK offering industry-leading facilities, equipment and resources for bioprocessing, biological imaging, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, biosynthesis and bioinformatics.

The National Horizons Centre is fulfilling a key national role in delivering UK based multi-disciplinary innovation and research using advancements in biologics, informatics and big data to promote new thinking in biologics, health and digital health technologies.

Tackling Industry Challenges

Harnessing Teesside University’s cutting-edge expertise in digital technologies and its links with the Digital Catapult, the National Horizons Centre is playing a pivotal role in tackling the rapid growth challenges facing the sector.

It addresses a key national role in delivering UK based multi-disciplinary innovation and research using advancements in biologics, informatics and big data to promote new thinking in biologics, health and digital health technologies.

The National Horizons Centre is gearing to become a truly global partner for digital and technological innovation for the bioscience and bioprocessing manufacturing community, being a primary source of high-quality graduates and the partner of choice for industry training and collaboration.

Location

Located at Darlington’s Central Park, alongside the Centre for Process Innovation’s National Biologics Manufacturing Centre and Teesside University’s Centre for Professional and Executive Development, the National Horizons Centre sits next to the East Coast Main Line at Darlington Train Station, with half-hourly rail services to London taking less than two and a half hours and Edinburgh in two hours. TransPennine Express services connect Middlesbrough and Yarm to York, Leeds and Manchester.

Teesside International Airport is only an 11-minute drive from Darlington Train Station. The airport offers daily connections to London Heathrow in less than an hour, as well as Belfast, Southampton, Newquay and Aberdeen. It also connects Tees Valley to more than 180 global destinations through international hubs at Heathrow and Schiphol

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