PMBRC partners with Shannon ABC and ICBC to form life sciences cluster

The PMBRC has teamed up with two applied research centres, Shannon ABC and the Ion Channel Biotechnology Centre (ICBC), to form a strategic life sciences cluster. The purpose of the cluster is to broaden the expertise available to industry while taking advantage of complimentary capabilities in the centres.

The ICBC is based in Dundalk Institute of Technology and is the largest research group investigating the control of ion channel and smooth muscle function in Ireland and the UK. Ion channels are pore-forming proteins found in virtually every cell in the human body. They control membrane potential and regulate the transport of ions to and from the cell. As such, they play an important role in many physiological functions and are a key target in drug discovery. The ICBC has a team of scientists with expertise in physiology, pharmacology, channel cloning and mutagenesis.

Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre (Shannon ABC) operates from two institutes of technology in the south west of Ireland: IT Tralee and Limerick IT. Shannon ABC develops innovative ingredients and biological products from natural resources using novel state of the art processes. Bioactive compounds of current interest include those displaying anti-oxidant, anti-microbial and immuno-modulatory activity.

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