The International Centre for Life (ICFL) is a pioneering science village based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne where scientists, clinicians, educationalists and business people come together to promote advancement of the life sciences. The ICFL Trust is a registered charity and is governed by a board of trustees.
Life’s mission is to be the best place in the UK for enthusing and engaging everyone in science and to provide support and state-of-the-art facilities on site so that world-class scientific research in medicine can flourish.
Life’s patron is Dr James Watson, Nobel Prize Winner and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA.
The £90 million landmark site was designed by Sir Terry Farrell and opened in 2000. Previously it had been a Roman settlement, a hospital and a livestock market.
This ambitious, bold project transformed a run-down area of inner city Newcastle and stimulated a regeneration programme that includes a hotel, offices, housing and a multi-storey car park.
Life is now established as one of the most successful of the country’s 14 landmark Millennium projects. Almost 600 people from 35 countries work here. It is an independent and self-funding charitable trust with a robust business plan that eliminates reliance on public funding for its operating costs.
Partners in the Centre for Life include Newcastle University; the North East England Stem Cell Institute (NESCI); the NHS Newcastle Fertility Centre and the NHS Northern Genetics Service.
Since 2000, teams based at the Centre for Life have earned worldwide headlines for advances in stem cell technology.