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Business Secretary Greg Clark has today launched the £103m Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI), a national centre of excellence that will harness disruptive technologies such as AI and robotics to improve dramatically our understanding of biology.

An artist's impression of the new Rosalind Franklin Institute hub. Image courtesy of IBI

The development of the RFI was spearheaded by Oxford's Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Professor Ian Walmsley. Oxford will be one of ten partner universities working alongside the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to deliver the research, which will tackle many of the key challenges in the health and life sciences.

Among the initial projects funded today is the creation of the world's most advanced ultra-fast video camera, which will help researchers develop techniques that use sound and light to detect and treat diseases including some of the most lethal forms of cancer. Led by Oxford's Professor Eleanor Stride, the project is exploring targeted ways of treating cancer that can avoid the side effects of traditional treatments such as chemotherapy.

Find out more (University of Oxford website)

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