Pioneering publisher opens new office in Liverpool
14 May 2008
London-based, BioMed Central has chosen to locate in the city because of the compelling concentration of research, teaching and scientific facilities and resources, many of which are of national and international repute.
BioMed Central has become a world leader in open access scientific publishing since its launch in 2000. It has published more than 30,000 peer-reviewed biomedical research articles that were viewed worldwide more than 34 million times in 2007.
The company expects to publish up to another 15,000 articles by the end of 2008, which has led to the acquisition of the new 1400 ft 2 premises at the Science Park.
Riverside MP Louise Ellman will officially open BioMed Central's second UK-based office at Liverpool Science Park at a special ceremony on Thursday, May 22.
Matthew Cockerill, publisher, said: ¿¿¿BioMed Central¿¿™s rapid growth meant that Liverpool we "needed to look beyond London to expand. After considering several locations around the country, we chose Liverpool because of its international reputation as a research centre, and the excellent facilities offered by Liverpool Science Park. The Liverpool city region also offers a fantastic pool of qualified science graduates and we received a large response to our initial recruitment campaign which has allowed us to hit the ground running with a very talented team."
The company's staff, which has grown from just six employees in 2000, is expected to reach 140 by the end of the year. A launch staff of seven will work at the Science Park, but rapid expansion is anticipated.
Matthew Cockerill added: "Our business is about communicating the latest advances in scientific and medical research and we're thrilled to be in the heart of Liverpool's Knowledge Quarter."
The new office will be primarily focussed on assisting authors, peer-reviewers and journal editors as well as article production. These areas are essential components for BioMed Central¿¿™s growing portfolio of open access journals, where all research articles are made freely and permanently accessible online.
Dr Sarah Tasker of Liverpool Science Park said: "Liverpool Science Park is central to the efforts being made to develop Liverpool's knowledge economy and it's testimony to that work that we have been able to attract a company of BioMed Central's standing."
"We offer a central gateway to a remarkable concentration of outstanding research, teaching and technology outlets of national and international repute and a pool of scientific talent that BioMed Central can utilise. We are delighted that they have chosen Liverpool Science Park following a nationwide search which is a real reflection of what we and this area have to offer."
Cllr Warren Bradley, leader of Liverpool City Council, said: "There are so many key knowledge assets in Liverpool supported by a strong cultural offer that are clearly gaining a reputation beyond the region. BioMed Central's investment in our Knowledge Quarter will help increase our growing reputation for high quality scientific research, as well as create jobs and drive up the city's competitiveness. I believe that their association with Liverpool will be entirely fruitful and I welcome them to our city."
The official opening ceremony will be held at 3pm on Thursday, May 2008 and will be attended by Louise Ellman MP, Liverpool City Councillor Ron Gould and leading representatives from the Liverpool scientific community.
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BioMed Central (http://www.biomedcentral.com/) is an independent online publishing house committed to providing immediate access without charge to the peer-reviewed biological and medical research it publishes. This commitment is based on the view that open access to research is essential to the rapid and efficient communication of science.
Liverpool Science Park is the UK's newest and fastest growing science park. Launched in January 2006, the 36,000 sq ft Innovation Centre has attracted 37 companies to the Park to date. The unprecedented early success of the Innovation Centre demonstrates the city's potential as a world-class centre for knowledge enterprise and confirms Liverpool Science Park's role in redeveloping the city¿¿™s wealth and knowledge based economy.