Ayrshire Life Science Company launch advanced scientific technology to support successful drug development

AvantiCell Science is a life science company based in Ayr, with a mission to provide leading-edge ethical tools which offer the prospect of faster, more efficient progress towards better drugs, safer chemotherapy, and improved...

Rare amur leopard born at Highland Wildlife Park

One of the rarest cats in the world has been born at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park and could be released into the wild in Russia in the future. It would...

Ancient genes help dolphins live on

Ancient genes that predate the last Ice Age may be the key to survival … at least if you are a dolphin! Genes up to 2.3 million years old helped the bottlenose dolphin adapt to...

Calcium may play a role in the development of Parkinson’s disease

Researchers have found that excess levels of calcium in brain cells may lead to the formation of toxic clusters that are the hallmark of Parkinson’s disease. This is the first time we’ve seen that calcium...

Virtual Medicine Study provides first evidence that psychological therapy can be successfully delivered automatically...

The Lancet Psychiatry has just published details of a pioneering clinical trial of automated virtual reality (VR) psychological therapy for fear of heights. Fear of heights is a significant problem for one in five people...

Compulsory licensing of pharmaceuticals: A solution to high drug prices?

The UK continues to grapple with its departure – or not – from the European Union, and whilst the outcome remains unclear, one thing now seems certain: before long there will be a general...

Funding to speed up innovation

The Government has announced new funding of up to £86 million for UK firms to develop medical breakthroughs. The package will allow small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop and test new technologies in...

Covid portal start-up exceeds 1 million tests and creates offshoot venture

As the UK continues learning how to live with the pandemic, some key questions remain. Chiefly, how will the NHS grapple with the huge diagnosis and treatment backlog that has built up, and will...

Making a difference to patients with debilitating conditions – new Healthcare Technologies Institute opened

A new Institute where research will look into improving healing and make a difference to patients with debilitating conditions has opened at the University of Birmingham. The Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) will strive to advance...

Accurate predictions of ovarian cancer outcome possible with new classification system

The new, Oxford-developed method for subtyping ovarian cancer has been validated in a recent collaboration between the University of Oxford and Imperial College London. Dubbed the ‘Oxford Classic’, researchers have demonstrated that it enables...

TWO NEW FORMS OF THERAPY GIVE HOPE WHEN BLOOD CANCER RETURNS AND BOWEL CANCER...

Scientists trial new way to boost CAR T-cell therapy Cancer Research UK is collaborating with Aleta Biotherapeutics to trial a new therapy that reboots a treatment for some people whose blood cancer starts to come back. The new...

AI ‘scientist’ finds that toothpaste ingredient may help fight malaria

An ingredient commonly found in toothpaste could be employed as an anti-malarial drug against strains of malaria parasite that have grown resistant to one of the currently-used drugs. This discovery, led by researchers at...

Possible impact of no-deal Brexit on EU IP rights

How would a no-deal Brexit affect the protection of EU intellectual property rights in the UK? The UK government issued guidance on 24 September 2018 confirming that EU trade mark and design rights will continue...

‘A step closer to diagnosing early Parkinson’s’

Research funded by Parkinson’s UK has brought medical researchers closer to ways of diagnosing the early stage of the condition. Diagnosing Parkinson’s is difficult and one of the big problems for clinicians is identifying the...

Vortex Biosciences appoints new CEO

Vortex Biosciences, the cancer diagnosis biotechnology business, has announced the appointment of Dr Adrian Kinkaid as its new chief executive officer.  Vortex Biosciences has developed the VTX-1, a best-in-class instrument that isolates and purifies Circulating...

Switching on a key gene could provide first curative treatment for heart disease

Researchers trying to turn off a gene that allows cancers to spread have made a surprising U-turn. By making the gene overactive and functional in the hearts of mice, they have triggered heart cell...