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Gordon Brown unveils Digital Lab foundation stone

Gordon Brown unveils Digital Lab foundation stone A major step in the building of an ultra high-tech facility at the University Of Warwick took place on Sunday 20th May when the UK’s Chancellor Gordon Brown unveiled its foundation stone.

The Warwick Digital Lab is being built by WMG, the global innovation specialist based at the University, and will house a £50 million multidisciplinary programme of research, development and training.

Gordon Brown said: “WMG’s work is based on very strong collaboration with industry and provides a prime example of how the knowledge created in our universities can be transferred to make a difference in the real world.

“I am delighted that this pioneering facility is being built here at Warwick University where there is such a great history of innovation.”

The Digital Lab will be a unique facility in offering the most advanced technological solutions to issues in manufacturing, health, security and a whole range of other sectors. And at a ceremony on Sunday 20 May Gordon Brown unveiled the foundation stone for this iconic building.

The Digital Lab is scheduled for completion in summer 2008, although services to business will be offered later this year and three new professors have been recruited to run research programmes. The building is part funded by Advantage West Midlands, the regional development agency.

Warwick Medical School will also be playing a significant  role in the development of the facility. The lab will be used to explore digital healthcare; incorporating advanced digital approaches for the enhancement of medical diagnosis and care, as well as creating realistic virtual environments for the training of surgeons or the design of new operating theatres.


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