Innovative new interactive medical exhibition zone MED-Lab opens at W5

By January 22, 2019Corporate, General, News, Newsroom

MED-lab, a new interactive medical exhibition zone, has been officially launched at W5 as part of a major multi-million pound refurbishment of Northern Ireland’s world class interactive Science and Discovery centre.

Visitors can step into MED-Lab and explore the medical marvel that is the human body.

MED-Lab takes visitors of all ages on an extraordinary and fun journey of discovery into the human body. Visitors will be able to learn about the amazing systems that keep our bodies alive and working and using advanced imaging technologies, see inside the body.

This exciting new attraction has been developed in association with the Almac Group and funded with support from the Inspiring Science Fund, a collaborative initiative between the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Wellcome. It aims to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) knowledge and understanding among the next generation of budding scientists through interactive learning.

MED-Lab looks at what can go wrong with our bodies and enables visitors to get hands on with some intriguing interactive exhibits, learning how the scientists at Almac, discover and create life-saving medicinal drugs.

Eric Porter Chair of the Odyssey Trust said: “Enhancing education and scientific knowledge, MED-Lab is an innovative and intriguing investigation into our most prized possession – our body! We are delighted to unveil the first of eight new innovative zones in W5, which we know will be hugely popular with our visitors.”

Alan Armstrong, Chairman and CEO of the Almac Group said: “It is such a privilege to be partners in such an exciting project. Almac is dedicated to advancing knowledge and interest in STEM subjects and sharing our rich history and work carried out in the drug development cycle for pharmaceutical and biotech sectors globally. We are hoping that through MED-Lab thousands of our young people will be inspired to seek out careers in science and medicine.”

MED-Lab is now open to W5 visitors inviting them on an interactive and fun learning journey through the human body, with some amazing reveals such as a human bone can be four times stronger than concrete and that there are more than 100,000 Kilometres of blood vessels in the human body.

It is phase one of a refurbishment which will maintain W5’s position as a world class science and discover centre attracting tourists and people of all ages from Northern Ireland. The project has been financed by a £4.5m capital investment package, with £3m awarded through the Inspiring Science Fund and a further £1.5m invested by the Odyssey Trust.

To find out more about MED-Lab and W5 visit