Research Institutes

University of Bristol
The University of Bristol is one of the most prestigious universities in the UK. It is a thriving international community combining excellence in research and innovation with a vibrant entrepreneurial culture. Research is at the heart of the University's mission and accounts for its international reputation. In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) assessment exercise, 93% of research at the University was deemed to be of an international standard. Over 60% of the research assessed was awarded either the top 4* rating, defined as 'world leading', or the 3* rating, 'internationally excellent'. The University participates in hundreds of international collaborations both within and outside of Europe and attracts research funding from organisations around the world.
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University of Liège
The University of Liège is the only public and complete university institution of the French-speaking region of Belgium. ULiege counts 2,977 lecturers-researchers and 24,688 students (incl. 2,095 PhD students). 23% of the students at ULiege are foreign students from 127 different countries. A wide variety of fundamental and applied research projects have emerged from about 43 Faculty Research Units and from 11 interfaculty Research Units. On the international level, the University of Liège is actively involved in research projects with more than seventy countries worldwide. ULiege has developed an active policy in terms of technology transfer, resulting in the creation of more than 144 spin-off companies and in the ownership of 834 patents.
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Aix-Marseille University
Aix-Marseille University was officially opened on January 1, 2012, replacing the University of Provence, University of the Mediterranean and Paul Cézanne University. Aix-Marseille University has nearly 78,000 students including 10,000 international students, 7,680 faculty and staff members, 12 doctoral schools and nearly 3,650 PhD students. Aix-Marseille University is home to 132 research facilities – 118 research units and 14 federative research structures – linked to France’s biggest research institutions. Today, as well as being one of the youngest universities in France, it is also the largest in terms of its student body, its faculty and staff, and its budget in the whole of the French-speaking world.
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Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is a UK Higher Education Institute and registered medical research charity employing 490 staff in UK and 42 overseas (mostly in African countries). Last year LSTM secured £221m in research contracts to maintain its annually increasing research income. With a mission to reduce the burden of sickness and mortality in disease endemic countries through the delivery of effective interventions which improve human health and are relevant to the poorest communities, LSTM’s research has a very strong research-translation focus and considerable presence in tropical countries. LSTM was ranked 6th out of UK’s 128 research institutes in terms of ‘Impact’ and 24th overall in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment.
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iBET is a private non-profit research intensive institution with over 30 years of experience in developing innovative solutions for the biopharmaceutical industry. Its mission is to integrate the biological and biochemical knowledge generated in academic and industrial R&D projects into the global economy. Key areas of expertise include the bioprocessing and in-depth characterization of complex therapeutic agents such as recombinant proteins, viral vectors for vaccine and gene therapy and stem cells for cell therapy. Working with baculovirus and insect cell production systems for more than 20 years, iBET is a leading research institution in the field.
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