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McLaughlin welcomes Invest NI overseas representatives to Derry

30 April, 2013 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed the announcement that 60 Overseas Representatives of Invest NI (INI) will visit Derry tomorrow to familiarise themselves with the resources available to prospective investors in the Region.

Maeve McLaughlin said:

“I hosted a meeting with the CEO of INI, Alastair Hamilton, ILEX and DCC in the City recently to discuss the lack of investment in the North West and to identify the unique selling points of the Region.

“The key message that we delivered to Alastair Hamilton was that INI needs to have a strategy that tackles regional disparities. We identified a number of projects that should inform INI’s strategy of marketing this region.

“Among these unique selling points are the opportunities in the Creative industries and technology, and Connected Health. Utilising existing facilities in Altnagelvin, The Nerve Centre and Magee we have the resources to create Centres of Excellence.

“I pointed out the need for INI to exploit all of these selling features in a properly constructed marketing strategy. I am gratified that INI is now bringing these high profile Representatives to Derry to assess these investment offerings first hand.

“I will also be drawing attention to the particular area of Connected Health and the amenities that already exist in Derry to position us in a primary position for such a project. As part of promoting this area of innovation, Sinn Féin is also bringing the President of the Massachusetts State Senate, Terese Murray to the City next week to launch our ‘Health Innovation Corridor’ project designed to promote Connected Health .

“Connected Health is an emerging sector that has the potential to create high-end R&D jobs and assist business development. We are well positioned in Derry and the Northwest to grow this sector given the resources already available. For example, Project Kelvin, the fastest digital link between Europe and the US, is ideal for handling the volume of data that would be necessary in the connected health sector.

“Derry also boasts the Clinical-Translational Research and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC).  Based at Altnagelvin it is a one-of-a-kind facility that promotes and facilitates translational and clinical research and innovation with the aim of creating commercial opportunities that develop and exploit partnerships between academic researcher, clinical practitioner and industry. We also have the Intelligent Systems Research Centre (ISRC) in Magee. The ISRC engages in a range of R&D activities including the exploration of applying intelligent technologies in the health sector. The untapped potential available in these amenities cannot be overstated and it is time that we exploited them.”

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