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Life Science Village

The International Centre for Life opened in 2000, born out of an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to creating a self-sustaining science village.

Almost 600 people from 35 countries work here: researchers, doctors and nurses work alongside people in the fields of education, public engagement and business. What unites everyone is a passion for science.

At the heart of the science village is the Life Science Centre, which attracts around 250,000 visitors annually and is the largest provider of schools science workshops in Europe

On site partners include Newcastle University, who chose Life for the location of their Institute of Genetic Medicine; the NHS Newcastle Fertility Centre; the NHS Northern Genetics Service and several young and vibrant biotechnology companies.

Some facts of Life:

  • The ICFL Trust is a registered charity and is governed by a board of trustees.
  • Life’s patron is Dr James Watson, Nobel Prize Winner and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA.
  • The £90 million landmark site was designed by Sir Terry Farrell. Previously it had been a Roman settlement, a hospital and a livestock market.
  • Life is now established as one of the most successful of the country’s 14 landmark Millennium projects.
  • It is an independent and self-funding charitable trust with a robust business plan that eliminates reliance on public funding for its operating costs.
  • Since 2000, teams based at the Centre for Life have earned worldwide headlines for advances in stem cell technology.
  • Trustees

    The International Centre for Life Trust is a registered charity and is governed by a board of trustees:

    Alastair Balls CB DL - Chairman, Centre for Life

    Linda Conlon - Chief Executive, Centre for Life

    Clive Cookson - Journalist, Financial Times

    Professor Christopher Day - Pro Vice-chancellor for Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University Medical School

    Dr Steven Gater - Retired Head Teacher

    Professor Roy Sandbach – David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise, Newcastle University Business School

    Professor Nicholas Wright - Pro Vice-chancellor for Research and Innovation, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

    Councillor Michael Johnson - Deputy Cabinet Member for Skills, Business and Enterprise at Newcastle City Council

    Andrew Hodgson - Chief Executive Officer, SMD (Soil Machine Dynamics) and Vice-Chair North East Local Enterprise Partnership

    Fiona Cruickshank OBE - Non-executive Chair at SCM Pharma

    Lucy Winskell - Pro Vice-chancellor (Business and Engagement) at Northumbria University

    Patrick Hussey - Pro Vice-chancellor (Science) at Durham University

    Centre map

    Here is a map of the Centre for Life.

    Biomedicine West Wing

    incorporating Newcastle Fertility Centre (NHS) and Newcastle University.

    Biomedicine East Wing

    and Northern Genetics Service (NHS).

    Life Educational Laboratories

    Life Conference & Banqueting

    Life Science Centre, Café & Shop

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    Additional Information
    Trustees' Report 2014 (PDF) 

    Read the Trustees' Report and Financial Papers (Trust). Year ended 31 March 2014.

    Institute of Genetic Medicine Statement (PDF) 

    Read about activities taking place in the Institute of Genetic Medicine and the benefits they bring to the general public.