The world’s largest early clinical trials unit has been opened at The Christie Hospital in Manchester, UK.

The £35m centre, which also includes the biggest chemotherapy facility in the UK, is expected to develop treatments for a range of cancers.

It will provide the latest treatments to 2,400 clinical trial patients a year, and about 200 drug trials could be conducted at the centre at any one time.

The centre will contains 70 beds, 65 treatment chairs, 19 consulting rooms, and special pharmacy and research laboratories.

Hospital chief executive Caroline Shaw said that by providing the highest quality environment and integrating clinical trials and chemotherapy services, the hospital will significantly improve the patient experience.