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Inside the breakthrough factory

Image: Alex Antich, Rosalind Franklin Institute

Recently opened Rosalind Franklin Institute is test case for high-risk, high-reward research in life sciences

The office of Jim Naismith, director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute, features freshly painted but somewhat bare walls, a chalk-covered blackboard, and a half-full bottle of Irn-Bru. 

The minimalist decor hints at the freshness of the building, where construction was only completed in January. When Research Fortnight visited in September, specialist equipment for its researchers was awaiting installation as part of an internal fit-out ahead of the institute’s official opening later that month.

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