Boris Johnson has approved plans for the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI)


There are plans to build a high level [3] virus containment facility & animal testing lab in Camden. The lab has been described as “becoming the world’s largest ever animal testing lab” & will be partially govt funded by 40 -50%. Currently Huntingdon Life Sciences near Cambridge is the third largest such European lab & the two labs could be in direct “competition” with each other say campaigners.

The Lab will bring together scientists from three leading biomedical research organisations to develop new treatments for illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases that affect families in the UK and around the world.

The roots of these and all diseases lie in the altered functioning of cells or the way they interact within the body. Developing a better understanding of biological processes in health will help us understand why disease develops and how it might be treated.

Progress in biomedical research is rapid, so UKCMRI’s research programme will not be defined in detail until closer to its opening in 2015.

Boris Johnson has approved plans for the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI)



Key facts:

1500 staff, including 1250 scientists

Annual budget of over £100m

Initial investment of £600m (breakdown)

Thousand of animals will be tested on

Camden Councils Development Control committee by a majority of 4, voted in favour of granting planning permission to the UKCRMI.

The committee voted 8 in favour, 4 against


Claire-Louise Leyland, Conservative (Belsize)

Paul Braithwaite, Liberal Democrat (Cantelowes)

Sean Birch, Labour (Gospel Oak)

Matt Sanders, Liberal Democrat (Haverstock).


Milena Nuti, Labour (Bloomsbury)

Sue Vincent, Labour (Holborn and Covent Garden)

Sarah Hayward, Labour (King’s Cross)

Roger Freeman, Conservative (Swiss Cottage)

Heather Johnson, Labour (Regent’s Park)

Andrew Marshall, Conservative (Swiss Cottage)

Gillian Risso-Gill, Liberal Democrat (West Hampstead)

Jenny Headlam-Wells, Labour (Kentish Town).




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