Mr Parfrey at Norwich Research Park, Image source: EDP Bethany Whymark
Norwich Research Park launched its new vision looking ahead to 2030 and beyond. The vision was unveiled by David Parfrey on 20th July. Mr. Parfrey is executive chairman of Anglia Innovation Partners (formerly Norwich Research Partners).
Currently the park hosts over 3,000 world leading clinicians and scientists. The research park includes: University of East Anglia, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the Quadrum Institute, the Earlham Institute, the John Innes Centre, and the Sainsbury Laboratory. Within this diverse range of highly regarded institutions a variety of research topics are covered. One aim mentioned by Mr Parfrey at the unveiling was that the research should have commercial and social benefit. To help facilitate this NRP are hoping to establish an accelerator to support entrepreneurial scientists and researchers to develop their ideas.
The new vision also mentions how they hope to create regional growth outside the research park. To do this the park hopes to continue to work with Hethel Engineering centre. The new vision strategy has six key pillars, which are:
- Investment; building capacity and capability
- Investment will be carefully targeted to maximise the chance of impact on society
- The park want to be an inspirational place to work
- Commercialisation of research and supported entrepreneurship
2. Environment and place
- Development of a park that nurtures wellbeing and creativity
- To gain global recognition as a place that has answers to the world’s problems
- Support the local community including schools and colleges, local people and more to support local growth
3. Economic and societal impact
- Through commercialisation of impactful research
- Change lives and rethink society
4. Research and collaboration
- 3,000 scientists and clinicians working in high impact research areas including food and health
- Encourage collaborative research across the park
5. Community and communications
- Communicating the world-class research from the park across all themes including medicine, health, nutrition, plants and more
6. Fund raising
- Development of a wide-ranging fund-raising programme
- Investing in fund-raising opportunities
Of all of the pillars, the vision maintains that research will be kept at it’s core. We look forward to seeing the future of Norwich research park and how it will develop its vision in the future.