Work starts on human tissue bank in Birmingham
Building work has started on a human tissue bank at the University of Birmingham.
The storage centre, which has been given ethical approval by the NHS, will be based in a former rose garden at the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital site.
Tissue from consenting patients will be used to develop and test drugs on.
The West Midlands' diverse ethnic population means tissue research can be carried out on a wide range of illnesses, the centre said.
"Human tissue samples represent a most valuable resource for scientists engaged in clinical research," the centre's director Dr Jane Steele said.
"Access to such collections will undoubtedly aid the development of better diagnostic and prognostic tools and new drug therapies."
The centre has been given a £2.5m grant from Birmingham Science City and will also house a gene therapy pharmacy and business area.