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Benchmarking clinical trials contract management

We are just starting a survey to benchmark clinical trials contract units within universities.  The aim is to profile changes in the workload and corresponding resources, as well as consider the broader issues of recruitment and staff retention within these departments.  The sponsors of the report are willing to share the executive summary with participating units, so please get […]

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Novel technologies for second generation biofuels

We have recently worked on a range of technologies supporting the development of second generation biofuels.  Recent projects include the following: Commercially valuable algae which have been modified to provide exceptionally rapid growth. An optimised pre-treatment regime to maximise bioethanol yield from second generation feedstocks. A database of many QTLs whose genes, alone or in combination, […]

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Research into novel fungicides

We are currently working with a university team that has identified a number of fungicidal agents which work synergistically, targeting protein synthesis via a novel mechmnaism.  The combination can produce significant inhibition of fungal growth, where the individual agents have no detectable effect.  The key benefit is expected to be reducing the development of resistance to fungicides, which is a continuing threat to […]

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Trends in prognostic testing

In the past 18 months we have worked on 4 different prognostic tests based on  novel biomarkers in 3 clinical areas; cancer, fibrosis and musculoskeletal disorders.  There seems to be a clear trend towards this approach and the clinicians we spoke to indicated that they expected to see an increase in the uptake of prognostic testing in the […]

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Industrial needs survey for the MAeKES Knowledge Exchange Project

At the start of the year we were part of a team working on the MAeKES Knowledge Exchange Project, the aim of which is to establish a regional strategy to address the Advanced Engineering and Materials Grand Challenge and improve the economic impact of scientific research in Wales.   We conducted the Industry Needs Survey, talking to companies across […]

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New collaboration with Daikin

In the past few months we have started a new collaboration with Daikin, providing strategic sales and marketing support for a US based company focusing on air filtration products.  This will be an extremely challenging project, working with an established  market leader with a global brand.

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Applications for XRD Instrument

We are currently working with a university team to identify applications for a hand held, phase specific, highly sensitive XRD instrument.  We are contacting experts within a wide range of industries including mining, pharmaceuticals, instrumentation, and underwater exploration.  The aim is to find a handful of niche applications which would benefit from rapid and sensitive […]

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Seeking investment opportunities

We have recently made contact with the CEO of a Singapore group of companies who is looking for technologies in two key areas (1) Life science research tools, (2) Medical devices and diagnostics in women’s health.  The group is looking for start-up companies who have products that are close to or at market and who […]

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