International technology company Hitachi has moved into science workspace Citylabs off Oxford Road in order to expand its big data laboratory.
Hitachi's work at Citylabs will focus on disease prevention and improving the quality of patient care in the UK, through the study of data-intensive health science and digital technologies.
The 1,600 sq ft laboratory is one of three Hitachi European research and development bases related to big data activities. Hitachi clients include the University of Manchester, Salford Hospital, digital healthcare specialist NorthWest EHealth and Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, a partnership between the University of Manchester and six NHS organisations aimed at raising health outcomes.
The Manchester big data lab was first established at a small location in the University of Manchester campus, but Hitachi said that it now needed "larger and newer space".
Citylabs is Bruntwood and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's 100,000 sq ft £25m redevelopment of the former Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, designed by Sheppard Robson. Nearly half of the building is occupied by ICON, a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.
The project now sits within Manchester Science Partnerships, with Bruntwood a majority shareholder.
Rowena Burns, chief executive at Manchester Science Partnerships said: "This is yet more evidence of the strength of collaboration and how industry, working closely with academic and clinical partners, can help drive Manchester's vision to be at the forefront of health innovation. It's this willingness of our partners to work together that will help shape the next generation of digital healthcare technologies and their shared belief in a common goal that will drive direct inward investment and ultimately improve outcomes for patients."