Manchester Institute of Biotechnology

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The atrium of the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre, University of Manchester.

The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, formerly the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre (MIB) is a research institute of the University of Manchester, England. The centre has been designed to enable academic communities to explore specific areas of interdisciplinary quantitative bioscience, largely through the efforts of multidisciplinary research teams. Research at MIB follows three broadly defined, interdisciplinary and complementary themes: Biological Mechanism and Catalysis, Molecular Bioengineering, Systems biology. [1] [2] [3] [4]

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University of Manchester public research university in Manchester, England

The University of Manchester is a public research university in Manchester, England, formed in 2004 by the merger of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and the Victoria University of Manchester. The University of Manchester is a red brick university, a product of the civic university movement of the late 19th century.

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Planning for the institute began late in 1998 and culminated with the official opening on 25 October 2006 of the John Garside Building. The building won "Building of the Year" from Manchester Chamber's Building and Development Committee in 2006 along with Beetham Tower, Manchester.

Professor John Garside is a British chemical engineer who was the last Vice-Chancellor of UMIST.

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The building has featured in several television commercials, notably Injury Lawyers 4u. [5]

The institute was renamed the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology on 1 June 2012, retaining the acronym MIB. [6]

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References

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