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Life Science Village

The International Centre for Life is a pioneering science village in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne.

At Life, scientists, clinicians, educationalists and business people come together to promote advancement of the life sciences. The ICFL Trust is a registered charity and is governed by a board of trustees.

Life’s mission is to be the best place in the UK for enthusing and engaging everyone in science and to provide support and state-of-the-art facilities on site so that world-class scientific research in medicine can flourish.

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 and opened in 2000. Previously it had been a Roman settlement, a hospital and a livestock market.

This ambitious, bold project transformed a run-down area of inner city Newcastle and stimulated a regeneration programme that includes a hotel, offices, housing and a multi-storey car park.

Life is now established as one of the most successful of the country’s 14 landmark Millennium projects. Almost 600 people from 35 countries work here. It is an independent and self-funding charitable trust with a robust business plan that eliminates reliance on public funding for its operating costs.

Partners in the Centre for Life include Newcastle University; the NHS Newcastle Fertility Centre and the NHS Northern Genetics Service.

Since 2000, teams based at the Centre for Life have earned worldwide headlines for advances in stem cell technology.


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 Ray Hudson – Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Geography, University of Durham

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-exec chair at SCM Pharma

Lucy Winskell - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Engagement) at Northumbria 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 2013 (PDF) 

Read the Trustees' Report and Financial Papers (Trust). Year ended 31 March 2013.

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.