Doping for UK's biomedicine
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Doping for UK's biomedicine

03.08.2012 - The UK government has pledged to invest additional €49m (£39m) in the country's life science research.

The Biomedical Catalyst Fund commited €12,6m (£10m) to 14 universities and 18 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to explore the market potential of early-stage ideas. Each of the universities received up to £750k, while each company received up to £150k to propel their projects. These are the first investments for the three-year, €227m (£180m) fund. It is part of the Strategy for Life Science unveiled by UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron December last year to foster the domestic life science industry. The grants will fund about 150 pilot projects, allowing academic researchers to begin the process of turning a bright idea into a viable proposition. Universities have control over allocating the funding internally, allowing them to respond rapidly to new opportunities and have the flexibility to pursue the most promising translational research opportunities.

In an effort to establish four e-health centres of excellence in London, Manchester, Dundee and Swansea, UK’s Medical Research Council has teamed up with a consortium of ten public and charity research funders. The centres will focus on conditions including cancer, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. The researchers working at these centers will link information in NHS health records with other forms of research and routinely-collected data to improve patient care and public health.

Only days ago, Cameron unveiled plans to converse the Olympic drug testing laboratories located in Harlow into a phenome research centre after the Games are complete. The concept of the phenome encapsulates all of an individual’s traits, which are the outcome of a continuous interplay between their genes and the environment. It will be funded by €12,6m (£10m) investments over five years by both the Medical Research Council and the Department of Health’s National Institute for Health Research. Two companies who make scientific instruments - Bruker, and Waters Corporation – will invest additional €25,2m (£20m). Imperial College and King’s College London will be academic partners in the project.


07.10.2015 T-cell specialist Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc needs more space for its R&D in immuno-oncology. The expanding UK company is building a major facility that will house 200 staff.

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06.10.2015 Evotec has been hired by the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) to provide compound management services to the Chemical Biology Consortium. The goal: the discovery of new cancer treatments.

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01.10.2015 Autoimmune disease specialist Apitope has raised €12m in a Series B financing round and is relocating its UK headquarters to Wales.

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01.10.2015 Paris-based BEAM Alliance, a network of companies working on novel antibiotics founded earlier this year, has released its first position paper.


29.09.2015 Swiss CNS specialist Asceneuron SA has raised CHF30m (€27.5m) in a Series A financing, winning Paris-based Sofinnova Partners as its largest investor.


28.09.2015 US company Aduro Biotech has acquired Dutch monoclonal antibody discovery and development firm BioNovion for €29m plus milestones.


24.09.2015 Nutrition company Nestlé is teaming up with biopharmaceutical company AC Immune SA to develop a Tau diagnostic assay for early Alzheimer’s.


22.09.2015 Bayer has taken another step in its restructuring and development as a life sciences company after splitting from all its chemical divisions.


18.09.2015 AstraZeneca has partnered up with the US Department of Health in order to accelerate the development of new antibiotics. The goal: to be prepared for multi-resistant bugs – and for bioterrorism.


17.09.2015 Another European biotech is coming with a hefty price tag for its US buyer. Amgen Inc. has acquired privatly held Dutch company Dezima Pharma B.V. for US$1.55bn (€1.37bn).


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