BUSINESS: New LEP funding for BU laboratory to create 100’s of jobs


Bournemouth University‘s Orthopaedic Research (ORIBU) Institute has received £950,000 Local Growth funding from Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership. 

The money secured by Dorset Local Enterprise (LEP) will be invested in a state-of-the-art orthopaedic laboratory, equipment and global training centre, including:

  • virtual reality trainers, diagnostic equipment, robotic surgery and a virtual reality training laboratory
  • local and international office space, a development laboratory, physiological testing laboratories and clinic rooms.

This brings the total amount of Local Growth Funding secured by Dorset LEP for ORIBU to £1.65 million.

Minister for Local Growth, Jake Berry MP, said: “We’re committed to building a highly productive, globally facing economy that is at the forefront of scientific research, development and innovation.

“This funding will provide a state-of-the-art orthopaedic laboratory, create hundreds of jobs and generate up to £100 million investment into the UK which will benefit people and businesses across Dorset and beyond.”

Jim Stewart, Chair of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership said: “ORIBU’s leading-edge research facility presents a unique opportunity for Dorset to capitalise on the multi-billion-pound global orthopaedic industry market, bringing significant inward investment and jobs into Dorset.”

Professor Rob Middleton, head of ORI, said: “ORIBU is establishing itself as a world leader in the areas of robotic assisted hip surgery and virtual reality training. 

“It provides an effective, high quality, and cost-effective approach to training the UK’s health professionals of the future, benefitting thousands of UK patients.”

He continued: “We are extremely grateful for the growth deal funding from Dorset LEP which will facilitate ORIBU’s international expansion, offering world-class research and training facilities both here and overseas.”

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