Duke of York witnesses healthcare innovations
28 March 2011
His Royal Highness The Duke of York (pictured right) visited Imperial on 2 March to learn about the College’s pioneering healthcare innovations in the UK and internationally. He heard about the College’s international partnerships, visited early-stage companies in the Imperial Incubator and learnt about developing robotic technologies to enhance surgery.
Welcoming the Duke of York, Rector Sir Keith O’Nions explained that the university’s application of its work to industry, commerce and healthcare has been central to its mission since its foundation in 1907.
Speaking at the end of his tour, the Duke said: “ Imperial has gripped the problem of being able to deliver its output internationally in a way that many other universities have not been able to achieve. It’s not just about education, it’s about allowing people to innovate, and to expand their minds to do the things that I’ve seen going on here. I would just like to say, as the UK’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment, that what you do is utterly brilliant.”
The Duke was also given a tour of the Incubator which houses 17 early-stage technology companies spun out of the College. Each receives support from Imperial Innovations, the company that commercialises technologies and discoveries emanating from the College.
— Simon Watts, Communications and Development