Minister hails city’s healthcare firms

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SCIENCE Minister David Willetts has backed Leeds to become a centre of excellence in healthcare and technology during a visit to the city.

Mr Willetts visited the Beeston plant of orthopaedic and neurology specialists DePuy Synthes where the Government is investing £4.35m alongside £13.2m from the company to build new premises and create 20 jobs by bringing a series of operations together on a single site employing 450 people.

He went on to visit Leeds medical equipment specialists Brandon Medical and took part in a discussion with business leaders from the industry at Leeds University.

City development agency Leeds & Partners is looking to grow its reputation nationally and globally as a hub for expertise in health.

Mr Willetts said: “I strongly support what Leeds is doing. It is already a centre for medical research and medical technology but it is looking to grow that and the plan is for Leeds to be the country’s first health and innovation city and that is a very good combination.”

He applauded the partnership work of Leeds University with medical businesses both through training staff and carrying out research and development on new treatments and medical devices.