Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has visited the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC) at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.
The centre aims to reduce the time and cost of bringing innovative health treatments, technologies and medical devices from the laboratory bench to use in the care and treatment of patients.
During his visit, Mr. McGuinness highlighted the importance of such innovative projects in not only helping to improve the health of our people but also in boosting the local economy, particularly in times of global financial uncertainty.
He said: “It is fabulous to see such a world class research centre here in Derry.
“And, it is encouraging to see the success of a project in which a number of organisations work together to bring the very best and most innovative treatment and care.
“This is not only beneficial to our people’s health, but also creates commercial opportunities and helps to develop partnerships among academic researchers, clinical practitioners and businesses.”
Dr Maurice O’Kane, Chief Executive of C-TRIC, told Mr. McGuinness that C-TRIC based companies, clinicians and academics were developing a wide range of “novel products and services to diagnose, treat and manage diseases including diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, cancer and microbial infection.”