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Elsevier to add 150 technology jobs in its newly opened office in London’s Alphabeta development

The Chancellor Rt Hon George Osborne helped open Elsevier’s new advanced technology hub, spotlighting London’s importance as a global science and technology center.

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“Today’s opening is another vote of confidence in London. The UK capital has a strong claim to be Europe’s digital capital, but it is also increasingly recognized as the region’s center of excellence for science. Elsevier is helping improve the productivity of academic research globally as well as increasing the return on the government’s investment in UK science.” Ron Mobed, CEO, Elsevier

By all accounts, Elsevier’s 2013 acquisition of academic social network Mendeley has helped make us a more technology-oriented, big data company. It’s had a huge impact on the tools we can provide to digitally enhance the performance of scientists and health professionals. Mendeley itself has been able to grow substantially since it joined Elsevier, now serving more than 4m users in 180 countries worldwide.

Accommodating Mendeley’s culture and technology has led to many changes at Elsevier, not least of which has been the need for newly designed space to help us recruit and house engineers, data scientists and product managers. Both the manner in which Elsevier serves the research community, and the type of professionals we have to hire have evolved dramatically in recent years. The environment needed to help them flourish has evolved as well.

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The location at the Alphabeta development in Shoreditch is the second office Elsevier has opened in London over the past 18 months. Our new space at London Wall, provided a new home for The Lancet, other publishing teams and a variety of other groups and support staff. Alphabeta, meanwhile, opened in October and houses Mendeley and Elsevier technology staff. More than 200 people will work there, 150 of which will be filling newly created positions.

Employees there now work in a building that fuels innovation and collaboration in a fast-paced, fun environment. The building offers access to digital user-testing facilities, a yoga room, a basketball court and a ramp that allows cyclists to ride directly into the building.

Visit from the Chancellor of the Exchequer

Elsevier CEO, Ron Mobed, has been promoting the importance of London building on the capital’s heritage in science in a number of recent forums and meetings.  In one recent article published in City AM, ‘London is Europe's science and tech capital, and this is why I chose to invest in it’ Ron notes,

But while London is already attractive to science-focused businesses, there is more that the government can do to help foster an ecosystem that will help transform London into a science hub. More than anything, it must create an environment in which universities’ discoveries can be translated into commercial products.

Elsevier’s role in creating a science and technology hub in London is of particular interest to UK Chancellor, Rt Hon George Osborne, who attended the launch of the Alphabeta office. The Chancellor and Ron discussed the importance of London as a science hub, how technology hubs can drive innovation and growth, and how cities in the UK compete on a global stage to attract investment from international companies.

The Chancellor said of the new office, “It is particularly exciting that Elsevier’s tech hub is focused on developing new software that will raise the productivity of the UK research base and enable scientists here to make discoveries faster.” Another demonstration of London building upon its science heritage is the Francis Crick Institute, a pioneering medical research facility, currently under construction in the King's Cross area. Elsevier recently announced a £100k pd donation to the Create the Change Campaign, Cancer Research UK's campaign to raise funds to complete the construction.

I’m delighted to open Elsevier’s advanced technology hub here in London. The creation of this center of excellence and the 150 new jobs is further evidence that the government’s strategy of backing technology and creating high skilled jobs is delivering. London is beating other global cities in terms of attracting vital investment from companies that can choose where they locate their technology hubs – and RELX Group’s commitment today perfectly illustrates that. It is particularly exciting that Elsevier’s tech hub is focused on developing new software that will raise the productivity of the UK research base and enable scientists here to make discoveries faster.

- Rt. Hon George Osborne

The offices, donations and other activities we undertake in London and elsewhere are all representative of how we are effectively supporting both science and society.

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Tom  RellerAs VP and Head of Global Corporate Relations at Elsevier, Tom Reller (@TomReller) leads a global team of  media, social and web communicators for the world's largest provider of scientific, technical and medical (STM) information products and services. Together, they work to build on Elsevier's reputation by promoting the company's numerous contributions to the health and science communities, many of which are brought to life in this online community  and information resource: Elsevier Connect.

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