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RSE BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships

 

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) part of UK Research and Innovation, is currently seeking proposals to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship programme which supports researchers who wish to play a key role in the commercialisation of their research.

RSE Enterprise Fellowships provide a salary, mentoring and formal business training, allowing the Enterprise Fellow to focus solely on developing their business over a 12-month period.

New blood test for prostate cancer is highly-accurate and avoids invasive biopsies

 

A new and simple blood test has been found to efficiently and accurately detect the presence of aggressive prostate cancer, according to research by Queen Mary University of London.

In combination with the current prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, the new test could help men avoid unnecessary and invasive biopsies, over-diagnosis and over-treatment.

New Antimicrobial Coating Could be Key in Fight Against Hospital-Acquired Infections

 

Scientists at the University of Birmingham have created an antimicrobial coating for steel surfaces which has proven to rapidly kill bacteria that cause some of the most common hospital-acquired infections. 

Developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham, patented by University of Birmingham Enterprise, and to be commercialised by a new company NitroPep, the coating – also called NitroPep - has been heralded as a new tool in the fight against the spread of infection.

 

How NOT to get a Bioinformatics Patent

Multidisciplinary inventions have become more commonplace in recent years, particularly as artificial intelligence (AI) is being used as a tool in a wide range of biotech applications, such as medical image analysis and drug discovery. However, whereas biotech inventions may generally be considered to relate to inherently patentable subject matter, biotech inventions that are implemented using a computer or AI may have an additional hurdle to pass.