UK Government invests £5m to develop ‘library’ of MRNA vaccines

CPI has received a £5 million investment to support the development of an mRNA ‘vaccine library’ as part of the Government’s vaccine support package announced in the Budget by the chancellor, Rishi Sunak. The vaccine...

Call to address lack of patient diversity in research

By Kate Shaw, CEO of Innovative Trials. Innovative Trials, a clinical trial patient recruitment company, is calling on the medical research community and pharmaceutical sector to come together to tackle the issue of patient diversity in...

Zotefoams’ ZOTEK® F foam chosen by InsulFab for safe and effective delivery of COVID-19...

High-performance closed cell, crosslinked fluoropolymer foam helps ensure safe and secure transportation of ultra-cold chain vaccine As part of the USA’s Operation Warp Speed (OWS) initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas, USA-based InsulFab...

Euro biotech: breaking down the barriers to a golden age

Converting cutting-edge research into viable products remains a challenge for the European biotech sector. Jonathan Hay of Delin Ventures investigates how ambition can translate to reality. Europe’s tech sector is going from strength to strength....

BIOQUELL HELPING PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES RESUME OPERATIONS POST-COVID-19

Bioquell Rapid Bio Decontamination Service (RBDS) enables businesses to quickly regain control of clean spaces and ramp up capacity As the world prepares to enter the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic with the potential...

Work begins on UK system for estimating COVID-19 cases from wastewater

Scientists will develop a standardised UK-wide system for detecting coronavirus in wastewater, in order to provide an early warning of future outbreaks and reduce reliance on costly testing of large populations. The majority of people...

How a Novel Drug Discovery Technology Could Help in the Fight Against COVID-19

By Dr Asif Tulah, Alcyomics Alcyomics has been adapting its service provision and assays to play their part in the race to find new treatments for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and to better understand how this virus works....

Fishing for answers to the covid conundrum

The eyes of the scientific world have been on a Covid-stricken fishing vessel that seems to have provided the first real evidence outside of a lab that antibodies do indeed protect against reinfection. By...

UK STRIDES INTO INTERNATIONAL ARENA OF VACCINE DEVELOPMENT

As Oxford University and Imperial College London move into poll position in the race to develop an anti-Covid vaccine, the UK’s first dedicated Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre is preparing to turn their results into...

Covid-19 transmission chains in the UK traced through time and space with remarkable accuracy...

A team of scientists, led by researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh, has analysed the first wave of the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK and produced the most fine-scaled and comprehensive genomic...

Over 1,000 genes linked to severe COVID-19

Researchers from the University of Sheffield and Stanford University in the US have discovered specific genetic signals in people who develop severe coronavirus infection. Age, body mass index and pre-existing health problems are known to...

Research shows coronavirus can survive on healthcare uniforms for three days

Viruses similar to the strain that causes Covid-19 can survive on clothing and transmit to other surfaces for up to 72 hours, scientists at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) have warned. In a study looking...

How NHS Wales streamlined sterile manufacturing to increase CCU capacity for second COVID-19 wave

Connect 2 Cleanrooms (C2C) expedited the design and build of a temporary medicines unit for NHS Wales’ new Central Intravenous Additive Service (CIVAS). In March during the first COVID-19 surge, the UK Government increased Critical...

The UK’s first dedicated Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre

The world class centre that will give the UK sovereign resilience and a global platform in the fight against Covid and many other diseases besides. The Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre, a not-for-profit organisation established...

Access to Intellectual Property (IP) Rights in a Time of Emergency – Patent Pools...

Alex Bone, Patent Attorney, Partner,  AA Thornton The pharmaceutical and healthcare industry is often accused of misusing IP to extend exclusivity and delay reasonably priced access to life saving technologies. The recent pandemic has focussed attention...

COVID-19 TESTING SECTOR DEMAND SET TO CONTINUE AMID VACCINE ROLLOUT

Amid the continued high demand for testing and staggered vaccine rollout, the diagnostics industry, which was valued in 2020 at $17.2bn-$19.8bn, is set to rise further in 2021 The diagnostics sector will continue to see...