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Derry politicians have welcomed welcomed the opening of the new £11.5m Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC) in Altnagelvin, Derry.

SDLP MP Mark Durkan said: “I am delighted to hear the news that up to 50 new medical research jobs could be created at the C-TRIC centre.

“This cutting-edge facility is exactly the sort of knowledge economy-driven jobs creator Derry needs more of.

“I have showcased the facility on a number of occasions to visitors to Derry – including the former US Consul General Kamala Lakhdhir. Everyone has been greatly impressed by their innovative approach in connecting clinical research through to new technologies for the marketplace.

“The dynamic partnership model which C-TRIC represents is an example of what Derry can achieve when different agencies work together.

“Indeed, in delivering the One Plan it is the kind of strong partnership model we need to see more of – in order to grow high-end jobs in Derry.

“It is also testimony to the good professional leadership of C-TRIC Chief Executive Maurice O’Kane and his colleagues.”

Sinn Féin MLA and Chair of the Assembly’s Health committee Maeve McLaughlin said:“This initiative is an excellent development for Derry and complements the work of the Northwest Health Innovation Corridor launched in May of this year by Martina Anderson MEP and Senate Therese Murray, President of the Boston Senate.

The Corridor aims to tackle health inequalities and stimulate the creation of jobs and businesses and the Personalised Medicine Research Centre is an example of this. Credit must go to Professor Bjourson, his staff and the University of Ulster who clearly worked very hard to make the Centre a reality and to locate it in Derry.