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

11 Sep 2019

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.

Knowledge Exchange Framework: Outcomes of Consultation and Pilot Exercise

29 Aug 2019

In January 2019 Research England published a consultation on their proposals for the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). At the same time, they invited English Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to participate in a pilot exercise to test and refine the proposals. The findings contained in the report are being used to inform the ongoing development of the KEF.

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

28 Aug 2019

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

28 Aug 2019

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. In this article, we explore this additional hurdle by looking at why a patent application that relates to bioinformatics has been objected to by both the UK and US Patent Offices.

New coasts and shorelines: Shifting sands in the creative economy

28 Aug 2019

The Centre for Rural Creativity at Shetland College UHI and Shetland Arts Development Agency are inviting creative practitioners, researchers, professionals and arts organisations to join us in exploring, creating and debating creative practice and collaboration in the creative economy. This conference will look to the multitude of multidisciplinary research and knowledge exchange across the creative industries and creative economy, with a focus on islands, culture and heritage, and young people. We are particularly interested in proposals that look at innovation, challenges and opportunities in these areas or invite new perspectives on the perceived ‘urban and rural’ divide.

Economic Intelligence Wales’ first annual report highlights confidence in Welsh business sector despite UK uncertainty

28 Aug 2019

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Wales have higher levels of confidence than their UK counterparts, despite challenging business conditions and increasing uncertainty of UK and global economic prospects, according to the first annual report published by Economic Intelligence Wales (EIW) today. The new research unit is a collaboration between Cardiff Business School, the Office for National Statistics and the Development Bank of Wales, created to monitor the activity of Welsh SMEs, factors affecting their development and the progress of the regional economy.

MICRA Showcase at the British Science Festival

27 Aug 2019

The first MICRA showcase will be exploring areas for collaboration based on key research specialisations of the partner institutions, as well as featuring some of our successful existing commercialisation success stories. There will be poster presentations from projects being funded by the MICRA programme, and breakout sessions after the presentations for each of the topics. This is an invitation-only event which is taking place alongside the British Science Festival on the University of Warwick Campus - with over 20 free events taking place throughout the day, it’s another great reason to come along!

Birmingham City University to tackle employability issues with two-day event

27 Aug 2019

Birmingham City University will tackle the issue of employability across the region with a DataJam West Midlands event this September. The two-day event, which runs from 11-12 September, brings together experts, professionals and practitioners from a number of sectors to discuss and identify solutions to the West Midlands’ employability concerns. Businesses will be able to find answers to a number of issues, including recruiting the right skills for their company and influencing regional skills provision. The event is also an opportunity to pitch questions to delegates to find solutions to various business challenges.

Walgreens Boots Alliance

6 Aug 2019

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.  Our vision is to be the first choice for pharmacy, wellbeing and beauty, caring for people and communities around the world.  Our purpose is to help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives. We are looking for technologies and partners in the following areas; Skincare Health and Ageing, Consumer Healthcare and Diagnostics and Devices

£3.5m Climate change fund established to shake agri-food sector

31 Jul 2019

The SHAKE Climate Change programme is specifically designed to attract entrepreneurs or start-ups who have developed early stage science or tech-based ideas that can have a significant impact on climate change, as well as form the basis of a sustainable and socially responsible business within the sector. SHAKE Climate Change brings together experts from Rothamsted Research, Cranfield University, University College London, and the University of Hertfordshire with the financial backing of the Societe Generale UK Foundation to deliver world-class science, technology and business expertise to the programme.