UCL News


Bill Lyons Informatics Centre opened at the UCL Cancer Institute

3 April 2014

The Bill Lyons Informatics Centre, a high-tech bioinformatics hub designed to accelerate data analysis at the UCL Cancer Institute, was today formally opened at UCL with an event to acknowledge the Centre's donors and supporters.

Funders at the Bill Lyson Informatics Centre  

The Centre will be instrumental to the progress of many genomics projects currently in development, including the classification of many different types of cancer, the identification of personal genomics (the genes that make individuals susceptible to cancer) and the stratification of cancer sufferers according to the severity of their tumours and clinical outcomes.

Richard Sutton-Mattocks, Chairman of the UCL Cancer Institute Research Trust, which raised the bulk of the funding for the new Centre, said: "We are delighted to have been able to raise the funds for the Bill Lyons Informatics Centre, which we are confident will make a major contribution to the ground-breaking work being undertaken at the UCL Cancer Institute."

Frank Dobson, MP for Holborn and St. Pancras and a former Secretary of State for Health, who opened the Centre, said: "I'm honoured to have been asked to open this fabulous new facility and am very proud to be the MP for a constituency that must have the greatest concentration of biomedical facilities, both hospitals and research facilities, in the whole of Europe."

The Centre, named in recognition of principal funder The Lyons Charitable Trust, was designed with minimalist, streamlined work areas by architect Simon Moore to enable bioinformaticians and computational biologists to collate, curate and analyse the mass of data produced at the UCL Cancer Institute.