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In pictures: King and queen of Sweden tour AstraZeneca’s Discovery Centre on visit to Cambridge



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The king and queen of Sweden visited AstraZeneca’s new Discovery Centre today (Thursday), where they heard about the technology the company is using to develop new therapies.

King Carl XV1 Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden are greeted by Leif Johansson, the chair of AstraZeneca, and Sir Mene Pangalos, executive vice president, biopharmaceuticals R&D. Picture:.Charlie Abbott
King Carl XV1 Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden are greeted by Leif Johansson, the chair of AstraZeneca, and Sir Mene Pangalos, executive vice president, biopharmaceuticals R&D. Picture:.Charlie Abbott

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia visited the £1billion R&D site on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, known as the DISC, which was officially opened in November by Prince Charles.

The visit was hosted by the British-Swedish company’s chairman Leif Johansson and Sir Mene Pangalos, executive vice president, biopharmaceuticals R&D.

King Carl XV1 Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden visit AstraZeneca's new R&D site in Cambridge. From left, King Carl XV1 Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Leif Johansson, the chair of AstraZeneca, Anna Ekstrom, minister for education and research, Sir Mene Pangalos, executive vice president, biopharmaceuticals R&D. Picture: Charlie Abbott
King Carl XV1 Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden visit AstraZeneca's new R&D site in Cambridge. From left, King Carl XV1 Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Leif Johansson, the chair of AstraZeneca, Anna Ekstrom, minister for education and research, Sir Mene Pangalos, executive vice president, biopharmaceuticals R&D. Picture: Charlie Abbott

Sir Mene told the Cambridge Independent: “We were honoured to welcome King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden to our Discovery Centre, together with the Swedish minister for education and research, alongside delegates from her ministry, the Swedish Embassy and Business Sweden.

King Carl XV1 Gustaf of Sweden at AstraZeneca’s Discovery Centre on Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Picture: Charlie Abbott
King Carl XV1 Gustaf of Sweden at AstraZeneca’s Discovery Centre on Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Picture: Charlie Abbott

“It was a privilege to show the king and queen our cutting-edge science, including organ chips, advanced integrated imaging, augmented lab technology and cellular heartbeats.

Queen Silvia of Sweden at AstraZeneca's new Discovery Centre on Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Picture:.Charlie Abbott
Queen Silvia of Sweden at AstraZeneca's new Discovery Centre on Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Picture:.Charlie Abbott

“They also heard from colleagues who played a crucial role in the Covid-19 pandemic, including how we developed the vaccine and our preventative antibody therapy, Evusheld.”

King Carl XV1 Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden tour the DISC. Picture: Charlie Abbott
King Carl XV1 Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden tour the DISC. Picture: Charlie Abbott

As part of their visit to Cambridge, the king and queen were also hosted by Prof Stephen Toope, vice chancellor of the University of Cambridge, at King’s College for a celebration of Anglo-Swedish scientific co-operation.

The Discovery Centre on Cambridge Biomedical Campus
The Discovery Centre on Cambridge Biomedical Campus

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