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1967-2007: Celebrating 40 years of Dundee

Professor Sir Philip Cohen - Biography

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Professor Sir Philip Cohen is one of the most important scientists working in the UK higher education sector today. He has been the key influence in developing the College of Life Sciences in Dundee from a converted stable block with 11 scientists to a complex housing almost 800 staff from 53 countries.

Sir Philip's contribution has been the outstanding catalyst for the economic regeneration of Dundee into one of the fastest growing biotech clusters in the UK today. Sir Philip has developed and facilitated one of the largest research consortia in higher education - a 23m deal with six of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies which was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Award in 2006. He has developed a strategy for attracting some of the best scientists to Dundee (more than 1% of the world's most cited scientists in their field are located in Dundee) and has been instrumental in raising more than 35m over the past 10 years to ensure that world-class facilities and scientists are the norm in Dundee. He has been instrumental in attracting a range of biotech and pharmaceutical companies to site their headquarters in Dundee resulting in more than 15% of the local economy now being derived from life sciences.

Sir Philip has demonstrated his personal commitment to the development of SLS in numerous ways - from fundraising outside Tayside Tesco's on a Saturday morning, engaging with the Dundee local population, to donating significant personal financial contributions to the fundraising appeal. But more than anything else, the significance of Sir Philip's scientific achievements have helped Dundee become the renaissance city of science and discovery.