LIVERPOOL research partners were given a first look inside a new research facility at Alder Hey, as the city takes a step closer towards its ambition to be recognised as a world leader in paediatric research. Sir David Henshaw (Chair of Alder Hey) was joined by Janet Beer (Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool) and Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson on the tour of the new facility, which is being built alongside Alder Hey’s new hospital and is set to be completed later this year. The new facility will allow University of Liverpool researchers to develop safer, better medicines for children to use in the NHS and throughout the world. It will also help give children in the North West greater access to emerging life-saving technologies and provide world-class facilities to continue to attract outstanding researchers to Liverpool. Funding for the new facility has been provided by Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, University of Liverpool, Liverpool City Council, the Wolfson Foundation, the European Regional Development Fund, Matalan and Alder Hey Children’s Charity. Alder Hey and the University of Liverpool are also aiming to establish a Biomedical Research Unit within the facility, with potential to leverage up to £35m in research funding.