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Lord Mandelson to celebrate innovation in Yorkshire with the Advanced Digital Institute


First Secretary of State, Lord Peter Mandelson will join the Advanced Digital Institute (ADI) this Friday, 17th July, to launch the Institute’s new offices in Bradford and celebrate its success in driving digital innovation across Yorkshire.
This event will mark ADI’s third anniversary and will mark the next phase of development as the Institute looks to extend its reach, helping businesses in key growth sectors such as Telehealth, e-Learning and Energy Management.
Lord Mandelson said: “Yorkshire's strengths in advanced manufacturing, the creative and digital industries, pharmaceuticals and healthcare are proof that Britain can prosper in the new global economy - and that our regions will help drive that success.
“The ADI is a powerful investment in Britain’s future; fostering innovation at a time when it’s tempting to cut back on R&D spend, turning innovative ideas into the leading commercial solutions of tomorrow, helping businesses thrive in Airedale and beyond, and boosting the UK’s competitiveness as a knowledge economy.”
Lord Mandelson will officially open the new offices of the ADI at the event and will be joined by leading organisations that are making innovation happen in the region, including Yorkshire Forward, Bradford City Council and the Airedale Partnership.
During the event many of ADI’s customers, innovations and success stories will be on show, including a live demonstration of the TeleHealth system which ADI is at the centre of driving to market.
John Eaglesham, CEO at ADI said: “ADI works as a catalyst, providing an innovation centre that will generate jobs and increase the density of digital businesses in the region.  This event will allow guests to find out more about our strategy for the region and to hear about some of the latest work the Advanced Digital Institute is involved in, with live demonstrations from a wide range of businesses including Pace, Tunstall and Link Telecom.
“We are delighted that Lord Mandelson will be opening our new offices, and is supporting the drive to make Yorkshire a hub of digital innovation.”
Linda Pollard, Deputy Chair of Yorkshire Forward and Chair of Airedale Partnership added: “The opening of this fantastic new building for the ADI is the start of the next phase of the Airedale Masterplan. With the help of businesses on the ground, we can ensure this valley is developed from the successful Creative Corridor it is now known, to a corridor of opportunity for everyone and everything. A place where urban and rural businesses and communities are connected technologically, but also an area connected by a shared vision.”
Chairman of the Airedale Partnership, Coun Adrian Naylor, said: "The Advanced Digital Institute (ADI) is already making a significant difference to the regeneration of the Bradford district and will continue to do so by providing state-of-the-art digital facilities to a wide-range of businesses which in turn will be able to grow and help boost the local economy and job market.
"We have already seen the likes of Pace enjoy fantastic success in the digital industry in recent years and the ADI will help develop new technologies through its on-going research and development work to benefit even more businesses in this growing sector."

About ADI

ADI works across a broad front in the high technology sector and with enterprises of all sizes. We provide technical and business support aimed at identifying technology enabled opportunities and ensuring that those opportunities are understood, developed and exploited.
ADI is a not for profit research and development institute based in the Aire valley in West Yorkshire. We are an ambitious company staffed with highly qualified, experienced engineers and researchers. We have an aggressively forward looking and independent board of directors selected from business and academia and importantly, we are an independent company, able to engage with partners employing a variety of innovative and non-invasive collaboration models.

ADI works with companies to identify and develop technology-centric opportunities. These opportunities may be enabled by intellectual property which already exists in a company’s portfolio, by IP that needs to be identified and developed or by IP exploited by synergistic combination with other technologies. ADI also works with universities to strategically mobilize valuable R&D resource adding further value to the research and development effort. Exploitation of university based IP is another potentially valuable avenue for commercially exciting activity. ADI has strong links with several nationally recognized university departments

Successful economies need a strong and ever expanding knowledge base enabling companies to drive innovation with the latest and most advanced technical expertise, market intelligence and business knowledge. ADI plays an important role in this process, delivering to our collaboration partners a substantial increase in the effectiveness of their Research and Development.


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