Funding will help develop bladder cancer test

A Cancer diagnostic company located in Sunderland and Cambridge has secured £2m to further developing a non-invasive urine test for the detection of prostate and bladder cancer. The company, UroSens Ltd, received the funding in...

New approaches to fighting neurodegeneration to be funded

Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst (SBC), the UK’s first open innovation bioscience campus, has announced that six academic research projects have been selected for support under its open innovation challenge in neurodegenerative disease. Covering a range of...

Cracking the code could be key to tackling infections

Researchers have made a major breakthrough in tackling infections caused by a major group of viruses including the common cold and polio. The team has cracked a code hidden in the sequence of the ribonucleic...

Trial starts

F-star, a UK biopharmaceutical company working in oncology and immuno-oncology, has started a phase 1 clinical study of FS102, its lead compound for treatment of HER2-positive breast and gastric cancer. The clinical study is being...

Research ‘could stop devastating plant disease’

Scientists have discovered a genetic mechanism that could stop the spread of a disease that threatens wheat crops. Septoria leaf blotch (STB), which is caused by a fungus, is the most significant threat to wheat...

Findings could be good news for wheat farmers

Scientists have announced a breakthrough in work to protect wheat against disease. Disease cost farmers worldwide millions of pounds in lost and damaged crops but work carried out in the UK promises to improve testing...

Research offers hope for MS sufferers

University of Edinburgh scientists are working with biotechnology company Genzyme on drug discovery research that could reduce neuron damage in the brain. The collaboration - supported by Edinburgh BioQuarter’s Business Development team - will seek...

Athletes’ poor oral health a concern

It’s one of medicine’s strange anomalies. International athletes may be fitter than most people on the planet but many of them suffer from poor oral health. Now researchers say that the problem, which affects athletes’...

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Patents are a vital weapon in the armoury of any innovative life sciences organisation. In an increasingly competitive industry, companies protect and distinguish themselves through building and maintaining their patent portfolios, while regularly reviewing and...

The rising cost of alcohol-related hospital admissions

The number of alcohol-related NHS admissions reached almost 10 million in England during 2012-13, according to recently-published statistics.  A total of 9.9million admissions were reported in findings taken from Alcohol Concern’s Alcohol Harm Map with...

Funding announced for drug development

Cambridge-based Bicycle Therapeutics has secured an equity financing of £20 ($32M) million which will allow for the clinical development of therapeutic bicycle drug candidates in oncology. The funding will allow the company to press ahead...

Can games encourage children to learn science?

A project, investigating whether the uncertainty inherent in games can increase the rate at which children learn science is under way after a 
£650,000 award. Academics from the University of Bristol will work with schools...

Cost has to be a factor in vaccination programme

University researchers say that there needs to be a realistic approach to the cost of a meningitis vaccination programme. In March 2014, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI),  the  expert group that advises...

Animal disease laboratories are officially opened

Business Secretary Vince Cable has officially opened the BBSRC National Virology Centre, a containment laboratory based at The Pirbright Institute in Surrey. The £135m laboratories have been developed to strengthen the UK’s ability to prevent...

The time for stents is here

The use of stents to keep neck arteries open is just as effective as invasive neck surgery for long-term prevention of fatal and disabling strokes, according to an  international trial. Now, the team says that...

Learning more about the human GPS

The human brain may have its own GPS system, according to new research funded by the Wellcome Trust. The study found that one part of the brain calculates the straight line to a destination but...