Training and Education

AGMA extends production with large softwall cleanroom

AGMA is a trusted global leader in bespoke chemical manufacturing. During the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for its products has been high and it has been AGMA’s objective to keep a continuous supply of its chemicals to its customer base. Despite...

FREE WEBINAR ANNOUNCED IN ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate resilience experts, Climate Sense, and water industry training provider, Learning & Development Associates (L&DA), have announced a free webinar on adaptation to climate change following the launch of their new qualifications. The first step on a learning journey that...

New Jurassic flying reptile has the oldest opposed thumb

A new 160-million-year-old arboreal pterosaur species, dubbed ‘Monkeydactyl’, has the oldest true opposed thumb - a novel structure previously not known in pterosaurs. An international team of researchers from China, Brazil, UK, Denmark and Japan have described a new Jurassic...

THE FORCE OF LIVING CELLS EXERTED AT WARP SPEED MEASURED

Scientists at the University of St Andrews have learned to measure the tiniest forces living cells exert at sheer WARP speed. As first published in Nature Communications, the team of researchers, led by the School of Physics and Astronomy, have...

SAGES TEACH THE ART OF ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE

While the conversation about climate change has been dominated by mitigation, what is equally crucial is the need to adapt to the unavoidable changes already on their way. “We have absolutely no choice but to learn to adapt to...

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

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 therapy, called ALETA-001, aims to...

A transformative roadmap for neurotechnology in the UK

Innovation experts, KTN, publish roadmap calling for multi-million pound investment to develop and commercialise ground-breaking treatments for disorders of the brain and nervous system. The human brain remains one of the great unknown frontiers and the more we understand about...

3D PRINTED LIVER AIDS LIFE SAVING SURGERY

Surgeons will perform liver resections with greater accuracy and deliver improved patient outcomes thanks to new research by Nottingham Trent University. Senior research fellow Richard Arm has developed a way to 3D-print scan data of cancer-hit patient organs so...

£7m invested in fight against antimicrobial resistance

Phico Therapeutics Ltd, a biotechnology company developing engineered phage technology as the basis of a new generation of antibiotics to overcome antibacterial resistance, has announced £7m in new investment. The financing was led by growth capital investor BGF, which invested...

Genome sequencing reveals how salmonella carves out a niche in pork production

Variants of concern (VOCs) and variants of interest (VOIs) have become familiar terms due to the current pandemic, but variants of familiar pathogens such as salmonella also present a threat to human and animal health. To better understand the different...

New fund energises search for motor neurone disease treatments

Teams working on research that could translate into treatments for Motor Neurone Disease have been bidding for support from a new £1m joint fund. Medical research charity LifeArc and the MND Association have established the joint translational research fund to...

UK ‘Octopus’ trial tackling multiple sclerosis is a world first

A ground breaking mega-trial for progressive multiple sclerosis will be launched in the UK later this year. Octopus, so called because of its multiple arms, is a revolutionary clinical trial that will transform the way treatments for progressive MS are...

Online ‘library of properties’ helps to create safer nanomaterials

Researchers have developed a ‘library of properties’ to help identify the environmental impact of nanomaterials faster and more cost effectively. Whilst nanomaterials have benefited a wide range of industries and revolutionised everyday life, there are concerns over potential adverse effects...

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 Tumor Cells (CTCs) from blood....

The Nagoya Protocol and the UK – Are you Compliant?

The Nagoya Protocol has been in force in the UK since October 2015 and obliges users of genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources to comply with due diligence requirements before its ‘utilisation’. There is also an...

New platform enhances delivery of gene therapies

Scientists have developed polypeptide-based materials that act as effective vectors for delivering gene therapies. The first-of-its-kind platform enables the vectors to be adapted to suit the specific gene therapy cargo. The work, led by researchers from RCSI University of Medicine and...

New material to treat wounds can protect against resistant bacteria

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a new material that prevents infections in wounds – a specially designed hydrogel, that works against all types of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant ones. The new material offers great hope for...

Blood oxygen levels could explain why memory loss is an early symptom of Alzheimer’s

The findings demonstrate how the brain’s memory centre operates at a ‘watershed’ making it especially vulnerable to damage Study suggests increasing blood flow in the hippocampus might be really effective at preventing damage and memory loss ...

HELP AT HAND FOR ORGANISATIONS SEEKING TO BUILD CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE

An international authority on mitigating the effects of climate change, Climate Sense has joined forces with Learning & Development Associates (L&DA), a leading training provider to the UK water sector, to roll out the newly accredited Adaptation to Climate...

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 Care Unit (CCU) bed numbers...

Nemera’s preservative-free multi-dose eyedropper approved in Brazil for Aché’s NSAID’s and Dry Eye formulations

Nemera is excited to announce that its multidose eye dropper Novelia® has been approved by ANVISA for the preservative-free formulations CLILON (Ketorolac 0,4% and 0,5%), a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to treat moderately severe pain...

What makes a spinout?

Universities carry out research into some of the most fundamental questions about life and the world around us, with researchers utilising specialist facilities and equipment to investigate and advance human knowledge.  This doesn’t happen overnight, and there is inherently a...

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

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 analysis of transmission of any...

Pioneering technique paves way for fast and cheap fabrication of rapid medical diagnostic tools

Breakthrough promises to democratise microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip technology, benefiting resource-poor countries and settings. New technology developed by the University of Bristol has the potential to accelerate uptake and development of on-chip diagnostic techniques in parts of the world where rapid...

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 library will form the basis...

Delivering real impact to the world of bioscience

Since it opened in 2019, the National Horizons Centre has quickly established itself as a vital linchpin helping drive forward the life sciences sector across the UK. Through research, partnerships and training , the National Horizons Centre, a £22.3 million...

CRYONISS EARNS COVETED MHRA QUALITY MARK

Experts in biological sample, and medicinal product, storage and logistics management, CRYONISS offers a comprehensive storage service from ambient down to vapour phase liquid nitrogen. The Cheshire-based team has a wealth of experience in supporting drug discovery projects, from early...

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 growth in 2021 as demand...

EXPANSION OF NETPARK OFFERS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES ROOM FOR GROWTH

The North-East Technology Park in County Durham – or NETPark as it is known – provides science, technology and engineering companies with the type of world-class laboratory, clean room and office space they require on the journey from start-up...

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 at how coronavirus behaves on...