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MP praises work done at Haverhill gene editing and DNA manufacturing centre during visit

Matt Hancock MP during his visit t Merck's site in Haverhill (2431494)
Matt Hancock MP during his visit t Merck's site in Haverhill (2431494)

A state-of-the-art synthetic DNA and RNA manufacturing centre in Haverhill was toured recently by Matt Hancock, MP for West Suffolk and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

While visiting Merck’s site in Homefield Road, Mr Hancock said: “It was fantastic to see this production centre in full flow, and to learn more about the vital role it plays in supporting Haverhill’s local economy and the UK’s ever-growing life sciences industry.

“The cutting-edge work in genome editing which this site enables really puts Haverhill on the map.

“ I’m immensely proud that this high-tech manufacturing is taking place within our local area, and we should be proud that we have a strong local employer,” he added.

Merck’s Haverhill site director Leigh Gordon said: “Merck has an established reputation as the UK’s leading supplier of custom DNA molecules for universities, research institutes, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and diagnostic companies across Europe.

“Our foundational CRISPR technology now defines an exciting new path for medical research into treatments and diagnostic tests for some of the toughest medical conditions, including cancer, hereditary and rare diseases.

“Merck’s Haverhill site will be at the forefront of this work, and demonstrates how essential our manufacturing centre is to the UK’s Life Sciences Sector.”

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