Director appointed for Copenhagen's major new biotech centre  

The DKK 479 million Biotech Research & Innovation Centre (BRIC) is scheduled to open by 2005

Copenhagen's forthcoming Biotech Research & Innovation Centre (BRIC) has appointed 40 year old Kristian Helin as its director. Mr Helin currently has a senior position at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan. BRIC is being established to create a frontline, interdisciplinary biotechnological research unit in Denmark, and will establish research collaborations between public research institutions and industry to promote the exchange of ideas within the Danish biotech research community.


BRIC will be housed in a new centrally situated biocentre complex near Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet). Building construction of the 27,000 sq m facility, including state-of-the-art laboratories, animal facilities and offices, is expected to be completed by 2005 and will cost a reported DKK 479 million (USD 64 million). A privately financed and operated biotech science park will be established as a neighbour to the biocentre. The news is reported on the websites of Biotechdenmark and BRIC.

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