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Imperial's Rector to lead London's new science council


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For immediate release
Wednesday 23 November 2005

Sir Richard Sykes, Rector of Imperial College London, has been appointed to lead CATALYST, a new Science and Industry Council for London.

CATALYST aims to ensure London maintains its global competitiveness by linking science with business across a range of diverse industries, including biopharmaceuticals, healthcare, energy and the environment, information communication technologies, design and financial services.

Sir Richard Sykes and the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone look at ways to make London a leading centre of science

Speaking at the launch today at City Hall, Sir Richard said: "In London, we have the breakthroughs and the bankers, the innovators and the industrialists, but we need to be much better at bringing them together to take advantage of all the strengths in the capital.

"With CATALYST we will aim to revitalise this critically important bridge, and therefore enable business, industry and academia to mix freely."

CATALYST intends to undertake a three year programme to promote London as a world leading centre for science, design and business; investigate the need for major scientific infrastructure in London (including science parks) and improve the access and collaboration between universities and business.

Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said: "In the global markets in which London increasingly has to compete, scientific innovation and discovery will be vital to sustaining our future prosperity. I want London to stand out as a leading centre for scientific and technological innovation and CATALYST will help in promoting London as a place to carry out and exploit scientific research. Its work will enable us to attract businesses at the heart of technological development, which in turn will deliver greater economic growth in the capital."

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Notes to Editors

CATALYST is supported by the London Development Agency, and its council members include Malcolm Grant (UCL), Howard Davies (LSE), Christopher Frayling (Royal College of Art), Tony Newman-Taylor (Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust), Andrew Witty (GSK), Mike Walker (Vodafone), Tony Meggs (BP), Paul Deighton (Goldman Sachs) Anthony Clarke (London Business Angels), John Ross (GLA), Mary Reilly (London Development Agency), and Andrew Alper, (CEO, New York Economic Development Corporation).

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