A new research facility sponsored by a prominent healthcare product manufacturer based in Halifax, West Yorkshire, has finally opened its doors to begin work on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) research.

The GAMA Healthcare’s Fellows Research Facility, worth £4 million, is soon to be equipped with 20 members of staff – with the potential for more as the laboratory advances and grows – to conduct research into all matters pertaining to microbiology, infection control and analytical chemistry.

The facility is named after Adrian Fellows, the research director of GAMA. His connection to Halifax is the reason for the centre’s Greetland location.

Managing director and co-founder of GAMA Healthcare, Dr Guy Braverman, said: "This is the latest development in the long story of GAMA's progression from a new company with a handful of employees to the point we are at now, where we have an international reach and multiple facilities in the UK. All credit and thanks goes to those who have worked so hard to ensure that this ambitious project has become a reality."

Former chief executive of the NHS, and current University of Leeds vice-chancellor, Alan Langlands, conducted the opening of the building.

He said: "It is a pleasure to welcome the Fellows Research Centre to West Yorkshire, boosting scientific innovation which supports safe and effective healthcare. GAMA Healthcare and this centre are now part of a network, providing access to our universities and their world leading research and a wide range of NHS facilities. Together, we are committed to protecting NHS staff and providing high standards of patient safety."

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