Toshiba to become partner in Sheffield’s Olympic legacy centre

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Executives from Japanese technology giant Toshiba were today set to sign a £1.5 million deal to be a partner at Sheffield’s new Advanced Wellbeing and Research Centre.

The agreement involves the provision of cutting edge equipment for the centre, which is being built at the Olympic Legacy Park, on the former Don Valley Stadium site in Attercliffe.

It follows a £14m Government pledge to fund the AWRC.

The centre will be run by Sheffield Hallam University in a partnership and is expected to open by 2016.

Prof Philip Jones, university vice chancellor, said “This news represents another major step towards our vision of developing the most advanced research and development centre for physical activity in the world.

“Toshiba is an internationally renowned organisation whose involvement will be a major asset for the AWRC, the Olympic Legacy Park and Sheffield.

“Our partnership will also help cement Sheffield Hallam’s global reputation for putting the science into sport and physical activity, creating innovations that help people move.

Masakazu Kakumu, corporate vice president for the Toshiba Healthcare Company said: “Today is a very important day for Toshiba’s healthcare business as we have established a framework with AWRC to deliver and collaborate in cutting-edge technologies and solutions, ranging from diagnostic imaging systems to wearable biosensors.”