How the brain’s immune system could be harnessed to improve memory

When it comes to memory, immune cells are known as the “bad cops” of the brain. But new research shows they could also be turned into “good cops” to power memory and learning. Inflammation can...

Are your innovations protected?

Innovation is something that defines the biosciences sector. The UK biotechnology and medical industries are among some of the most progressive in the world with billions invested annually on creating industry-leading drugs, techniques, therapies, and...

Will 2020 be the Year You Make the Most of Innovation Tax Reliefs

It’s the start of a new decade and with that comes the chance to have a fresh look at everything that is happening in your business.  It is likely to be the most active decade...

Shanks v Unilever – An opening of the claim floodgates?

Varuni Paranavitane, IP Solicitor,  AA Thornton At the end of last year Professor Shanks was awarded £2 million for an invention relating to a glucose sensor made while employed working for Unilever.  What does this mean...

UK accounts for over 12% of global cell and gene therapy clinical trials

The UK and the NHS are providing the right environment and infrastructure to allow innovative cell and gene therapies to reach patients. International companies recognise the appeal of the UK cell and gene therapy...

Hyperactive FOXA1 reprograms endocrine-resistant breast cancer to become metastatic

A team led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Harvard Medical School has unveiled a novel mechanism that helps explain how endocrine-resistant breast cancer acquires metastatic behavior, opening the possibility of new...

Unprecedented exploration generates most comprehensive map of cancer genomes to date

An international team has completed the most comprehensive study of whole cancer genomes to date, significantly improving our fundamental understanding of cancer and signposting new directions for its diagnosis and treatment. Published in Nature, more...

The hidden way to fill vacancies, train and retain

The BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (pathology lab based) degree apprenticeship has been developed through consultation with pathology laboratory employers and is co-delivered, meeting the requirements for a Healthcare Science Practitioner (Biomedical Scientist) apprenticeship. The programme...

Next Chapter of Intarcia’s Mini Pump for Diabetes Begins

More than 2 years after the FDA derailed the trajectory of its novel treatment system for type 2 diabetes (T2D), Intarcia Therapeutics announced that regulators have accepted a resubmitted new drug application for the...

Biosimilars set to make significant UK impact

Biosimilar medicines - equivalent biological products which have no meaningful differences from the original or reference product in terms of quality, safety or efficacy - are playing an important role in providing choice for...

The hidden way to fill vacancies, train and retain

The BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (pathology lab based) degree apprenticeship has been developed through consultation with pathology laboratory employers and is co-delivered, meeting the requirements for a Healthcare Science Practitioner (Biomedical Scientist) apprenticeship. The programme...

Drug delivery

Dr Jason Bellia, Senior Patent Examiner at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) I will look at just two of a vast number of routes - one to deliver nucleic acids across cell membranes and another looking...

The SPC manufacturing waiver: curtailing protection or boosting competition?

Lucy O’Brien, Trainee Patent Attorney, A. A. Thornton & Co. Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) are a valuable IP asset to most major life science businesses. The ability to extend the term of a patent relating to a...

How to protect your IP rights in Europe

Intellectual property rights are territorial rights, meaning that the protection afforded by a granted patent or a registered trademark is geographically limited. Many companies that protect their inventions, brands or product designs in their home...

Diagnostic devices reimagined

Diagnostic devices are coming on in leaps and bounds but you may be surprised to learn that one device that’s remained much the same since the late 1950s is the colonoscope. One researcher working...

Life Science success

Whilst the recent past has been one of huge uncertainty with regards to the political and economic landscape across the globe, the past year saw major success in Life Sciences & Healthcare across the...