Making clinical trials right for older people

In this issue, we speak to Miles Witham, Professor of Trials for Older People at Newcastle University and consultant geriatrician, about why he’s bringing about a sea change in how clinical trials involving older...

Bringing patients and providers together one tweet at a time

As an open forum for human interaction, social media have become the great equalizer of health information – providing a means for patients and health care providers to connect outside of the hospital or...

Adult Vaccination

“Vaccination can provide cost-effective protection against a host of diseases throughout life, but remains an underused public-health strategy in adults for the promotion of healthy ageing. Without specific vaccination programmes for the adult population...

The benefits of government apprenticeship reforms to employers

Apprenticeships offer employers large and small a fantastic opportunity to get the skilled workforce they need to grow their business. There are hundreds of thousands of employers up and down the country that are already...

‘Snobbery’ is depriving people of a great career

Education Secretary hails an apprenticeship programme that is coming of age with top firms having woken up to the benefits apprentices are bringing to their workplaces With new, higher quality apprenticeships helping people...

Degree apprenticeships: a first class route to building a talent pipeline

Alex Felthouse, Managing Director of Eisai Manufacturing Ltd .and Science Industry Partnership Board Member Research1 undertaken in support of the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) 2025 Skills Strategy identified that the Medicines Manufacturing Sector, a strategic UK...

An insight into the Cambridge economy – what lies ahead for Silicon Fen?

Dr Andy Cosh & Dr Giorgio Caselli - Centre for Business Research & University of Cambridge These are rather frantic days for the UK, since several outcomes remain possible following the Brexit referendum in June 2016. While the government...

Investment at the beating Heart

The life sciences industry represents one of the most successful economic sectors in the UK and its growth is an important part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. An ageing population, a growing middle class and...

Patent Protection of Medical Devices – Time for a Rethink?

Christopher Burnett,  Patent Attorney,  AA Thornton The duration of patent protection for medical devices is up to twenty years, as for any other type of device. Pharmaceuticals, on the other hand, may be entitled to an...

How intellectual property can help 3D printing support, not harm, medtech

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is frequently, and rightly, hailed as the next revolution in technology. Since its inception in 1986, 3D printing has transformed numerous sectors including aviation, manufacturing, and energy, and altered perceptions...

Considering a pharma and bioscience patent? The UK Intellectual Property Office maps out the...

Lawrence Cullen & Laura Starrs, Patent Examining Group Heads, IPO Managing a patent portfolio requires, among many skills, the ability to anticipate the future. This is especially true in the fields of bioscience and pharma where,...

The baby brain scans that could help predict symptoms of autism and ADHD

London researchers are embarking on a three-year study aiming to identify babies at higher than average risk of autism spectrum conditions (ASC) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The work at King’s College London is...

Research at the interface of technology and life sciences

Professor Jens Jordan, Director of the Institute of Aerospace Medicine The Institute of Aerospace Medicine at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) comprises departments in Cologne and in Hamburg with internationally unique research infrastructure. At DLR, the...

A golden era for blood cancer treatments

It’s an exciting time in blood cancer research. As we deepen our understanding of the biology of blood cancer, researchers are developing better treatments than ever before, and we’re even beginning to talk about...

Biological engineers discover new antibiotic candidates

The human body produces many antimicrobial peptides that help the immune system fend off infection. Scientists hoping to harness these peptides as potential antibiotics have now discovered that other peptides in the human body...

Cutting to the chase – how a folded piece of paper is saving lives

Around the world, many hundreds of millions of people are infected by parasitic diseases such as malaria and schistosomiasis. Many more millions of people are affected by the impact of these diseases with profound...