Thursday, November 28, 2013

News: Recruitment begins for Medical AMRC

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Work is continuing to replicate the model for the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing in the healthcare technology sector.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, the AMRC is a world class centre for advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors.

The university secured funding earlier this year to develop the model into new areas – healthcare technologies and the creative and digital sectors. This is intended to stimulate growth in the Sheffield City Region, which has one of the UK's highest concentrations of medical device companies.

Based in the newly operational Design, Prototyping & Testing Centre on the AMP, the Medical AMRC will ensure the results of internationally significant research are developed into products and brought to market quickly and cost effectively.

The new centre will sit alongside the current AMRC and will be able to access all the current resources but with a dedicated team which will specifically focus on the medical technologies sector.

Recruitment is underway for design engineers to join the new Medical AMRC team, who will be responsible for generating innovative, practical solutions to a range of engineering design problems.

The AMRC is a multimillion pound partnership between industry and academia that has become a model for collaborative research centres worldwide and now boasts 75 partners, including Boeing and Rolls Royce.

The AMRC secures funding from a range of organisations; through winning competitive calls for research from the Technology Strategy Board and Research Councils; research projects commissioned by business; and through Tier 1 and Tier 2 sponsors.

Funding to expand is coming from the Higher Education Funding Council For England's (HEFCE's) £50m Catalyst Fund.

Just as the AMRC has been the catalyst for attracting aerospace and nuclear manufacturing companies to the AMP, it is anticipated that the Medical AMRC will be the catalyst for the establishment of new medical technology companies. Representatives from the Sheffield City Region's inward investment have been getting this message across at MEDICA 2013, the world's largest medical trade fair, held recently in Germany.

AMRC website

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