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21st May 2020

Medical School wins major boost to nanomedicine research

Swansea University Medical School has secured a prestigious funding boost to accelerate the transition from discovery research to development projects in the field of nanomedicine. Building on successful research developed by experts in the University’s Centre for NanoHealth, the 2020 MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) award aims to accelerate discoveries towards translation and ultimately patient…

12th May 2020

Roche’s COVID-19 antibody test approved for use in the UK

Roche’s antibody test for COVID-19 has been given the CE mark and has been issued Emergency Use Authorisation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Expand Its Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody test has a specificity greater than 99.8% and 100% sensitivity (14 Days post-PCR confirmation) and can help assess patients’ immune response to the virus. As more…

23rd April 2020

Wales’ Leading Role in ‘Antibody Transfusion’ Treatment for Coronavirus

Wales is playing a leading role in the UK programme for treating coronavirus patients using a blood donation extract taken from people who have recovered from COVID19 – ‘convalescent plasma’. Non COVID19  plasma has been used daily in NHS Wales for a variety of needs for many years. COVID19convalescent plasma will help patients develop immunity…

23rd April 2020

UK Government Launches Vaccine Taskforce to Combat Coronavirus

Rapid development and production of a coronavirus vaccine will be driven by a new UK Government-led vaccine taskforce. The Taskforce, led by Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan van Tam, will support efforts to rapidly develop a coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible by providing industry and research…

23rd April 2020

BBI Solutions Responds to Call to Help Rollout Millions Of Coronavirus Tests

Crumlin -based BBI Solutions has been announced as part of a consortium of the UK’s top Diagnostic companies to rapidly develop and rollout millions of coronavirus tests. As part of the government’s National Testing Plan, the expertise and resources of the UK’s world-leading life sciences industries are being pooled to build a large British diagnostics…

21st April 2020

University’s rapid test could be used ‘in weeks’

A rapid test for detecting Covid-19 has been developed by scientists at the University of South Wales.
01st April 2020

Restructure Underway At Midatech Pharma

Cardiff-based Midatech Pharma is implementing a strategic review of its operations, with the biotechnology company appointing a new chief executive and outlining plans to close a Spanish facility. The business, which is focused on oncology and rare disease products, said the review was required in view of prevailing conditions in the capital markets and the…

24th February 2020

Jellyfish collagen 3D systems support ovarian cancer cell line proliferation, confirming its suitability for advanced cell culturing applications and provides an excellent alternative to mammalian collagen sources for the culture of human cells

Jellyfish collagen sustains and supports ovarian cancer (OvCa) cell attachment, proliferation, morphology and epithelial to mesenchymal transition markers. Jellyfish collagen is tuneable and non-cytotoxic to (OvCa) cells and can be functionalized to mimic the cancer microenvironment. Adopting jellyfish as a collagen source is sustainable and cheaper than the golden standard material sources derived from mammals…

21st January 2020

Global Experts Join Forces to Transform Welsh Health and Wellbeing

Speakers from Amazon, INTEL and Pfizer are set to meet with Welsh innovators this March at an event which promises to reveal the near future technologies that will transform frontline health and social care in Wales and beyond. ‘Tomorrow’s Health 2020’, a major conference organised by Life Sciences Hub Wales, will see health and social…

15th January 2020

Cardiff University to Share in £18.5m Biosciences Boost

Cardiff University is to share in £18.5m funding for postgraduate research training in biosciences. The University has secured funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) – part of UK Research and Innovation – for a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The partnership will offer fully-funded, four-year PhD studentships and a training programme in…