Unilever signs formal partnership with Cranfield research expertsNov 01, 2012
Its researchers at Colworth Science Park near Sharnbrook have worked with Cranfield for several years. Now the two organisations have formed a new alliance which will result in Cranfield becoming a first-choice partner for several areas of Unilever research.
In particular, the university will help Unilever to develop new products which meet the company’s commitment to help a billion people improve their health and wellbeing by 2020, as outlined in Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan.
Joint research between Unilever and the University is already under way into new products that will help to reduce global health issues such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
Cranfield vice-chancellor Professor Sir John O’Reilly, pictured signing the partnership agreement with Unilever vice-president R&D John Casey, said: “Cranfield works with the world’s leading organisations to help deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to real-life problems.
"Cranfield and Unilever are two of the largest employers in Bedfordshire but the results of this locally-formed alliance really will improve the health and well-being of people around the world.”
Mr Casey added: “It is absolutely critical that we work collaboratively with all of our innovation partners to help us achieve the targets we have set ourselves in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. But I am particularly looking forward to working more closely with Cranfield because their expertise in health can play a crucial role in designing new products and technologies.
"Meeting major challenges like this require innovative thinking, collaborative working and breakthrough science, and these attributes are precisely what this new partnership is about.”