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New project to bring world-class medicines ‘smart’ packaging capability to the UK

    New project to bring world-class medicines ‘smart’ packaging capability to the UK

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), the UK’s technology innovation provider for process manufacturing, announced it has begun the first phase of its ‘Medicines Smart Packaging’ project. This phase of

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Industrial robot market booming

    Industrial robot market booming

The industrial robotics market is expected to be worth $71.7 billion by 2023, according to new research. The rapid growth is affecting markets across the board, from automotive and electronics

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Myeloma UK trial to test novel myeloma treatment approach

    Myeloma UK trial to test novel myeloma treatment approach

Myeloma UK has launched a nationwide trial aiming to assess the effectiveness of a novel treatment combination that includes Darzalex for patients with genetically-defined high-risk myeloma. The trial, which will

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Team develop device to improve dialysis treatment

    Team develop device to improve dialysis treatment

A team of researchers from Imperial College London have used machine learning to develop a device that could potentially improve dialysis for patients. In collaboration with Hammersmith Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital,

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Busting biotech wide open: BiOspace lab now open in Manchester

    Busting biotech wide open: BiOspace lab now open in Manchester

The first open-access biotech laboratory has opened in Manchester, affording early-stage biotech and medtech companies, as well as entrepreneurial individual scientists with unrestricted, pay-as-you-go access to facilities and equipment. Visitors

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Mental health patients to receive better care with connected technologies

    Mental health patients to receive better care with connected technologies

Ahead of World Mental Health Day, a new project that uses connected technologies has been developed by the NHS to help mental health patients receive the best possible care. A

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Future quality of NHS and social care is “precarious”, says CQC

    Future quality of NHS and social care is “precarious”, says CQC

The future of the health and social care system is in peril as it struggles to cope with the increasingly complex needs of a 21st century population, the Care Quality

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GE Healthcare opens its first Eu 3D printing and design centre

    GE Healthcare opens its first Eu 3D printing and design centre

A 3D printed part can combine 20 parts into a single part and improve performance, reducing parts in a manufacturing process could benefit the biomanufacturing industry where processes and equipment

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MGC Pharmaceuticals to sponsor first medical cannabis conference in London

    MGC Pharmaceuticals to sponsor first medical cannabis conference in London

Australian-based medical grade cannabis company, MGC Pharmaceuticals, will sponsor and speak at the first conference on medical cannabis in the UK — CannaTech UK Innovation Summit. “We are extremely happy

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BBC releases app to help stop future flu pandemics

    BBC releases app to help stop future flu pandemics

If you’ve ever wanted to contribute to a science event that could potentially help save lives then a new app will let you do just that. The BBC Pandemic app

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Ulster Uni invests £2m in new health technology hub

    Ulster Uni invests £2m in new health technology hub

Ulster University is streaming £2 million into a new health technology hub which aims to support the rapid research and development of pioneering healthcare tech. The University hopes the new

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EMA Launch of New EudraVigilance System Moves Forward

    EMA Launch of New EudraVigilance System Moves Forward

On May 22, 2017, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced that its Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee has completed an audit and evaluation of the new EudraVigilance information system for tracking

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Pfizer collaboration to reduce injectable contraceptive price

    Pfizer collaboration to reduce injectable contraceptive price

“New innovations in contraceptive technology are needed to expand the number of methods available to women and adolescents so they can take charge of their health and their futures.” Pfizer,

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Innovation is key for pharmaceutical companies in a harsh market environment, says report

    Innovation is key for pharmaceutical companies in a harsh market environment, says report

Fewer than two in 10 medicines exceed the average pharmaceutical R&D cost required to bring a drug to market when the risks of failure to reach market approval are factored

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Ingestible balloon could help reduce obesity

    Ingestible balloon could help reduce obesity

A new study has shown that an ingestible gastric balloon could be used to help obese people lose weight without the need for invasive surgery. When swallowed the Elipse balloon

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Cambridge Consultants develops ‘X-ray vision’ surgery system

    Cambridge Consultants develops ‘X-ray vision’ surgery system

  Product design and  development company Cambridge Consultants is exploring how augmented reality (AR) could potentially be used in surgery to lead to better results for patients. By using Microsoft’s

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European Medicines Agency’s 2016 annual report published

    European Medicines Agency’s 2016 annual report published

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) 2016 annual report focuses on the Agency’s key achievements in the areas of medicine evaluation, support to research and development of new and innovative treatments and

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Data extraction could lead to faster drugs, study says

    Data extraction could lead to faster drugs, study says

  The results from the asthma arm of the world’s first digitally enhanced Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) have been announced. The Salford Lung Study (SLS) was unique in that it

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HIV Treatment Development Extends Life Expectancy by 10 Years

    HIV Treatment Development Extends Life Expectancy by 10 Years

According to a new study, the life expectancy of 20-year-olds starting HIV treatment has increased by a decade in the EU and North America. A massive new study from the

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Abbott announces CE Mark and first use of the world’s first smartphone compatible insertable cardiac monitor

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced CE Mark and first use of the new Confirm RxTM Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM), the world’s first smartphone compatible ICM that will help physicians identify

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Self-cleaning keyboard developed for healthcare organisations

A self-cleaning keyboard which claims to eliminate 99.99% of bacteria and pathogens has been developed by technology company Vioguard. The keyboard comes with its own case which acts as the

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Data saves lives, say global informatics experts

#Datasaveslives was the focus of Informatics for Health 2017, Manchester. It was the first time the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) organised the Medical Informatics Europe 2017 conference along

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Intuitive Surgical gets CE mark for robot-assisted device

Intuitive Surgical has bagged a CE mark for the latest product in its da Vinci series of robot-assisted surgical systems.

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‘Artificial womb’ device offers potential for keeping premature babies alive

A plastic bag-like medical device filled with amniotic fluid acting as an ‘artificial womb’ has been tested successfully in a

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3D printing for healthcare at Med-Tech Innovation

This year’s Med-Tech Innovation Expo will see 3D printing and additive manufacturing group Stratasys demonstrate how its advanced 3D printing

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United Drug announces €40m investment at headquarters

Pharmaceutical wholesaler United Drug has announced a €40 million investment in technology and innovation at its headquarters at Citywest in

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Smart bandages use 5G to tell doctors how a wound is healing

Smart bandages that can detect how a wound is healing and send messages back doctors could be trialled within the

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Swiss-Danish Collaboration will use Synbio to Produce a B Vitamin

Two startups in the fields of synthetic biology, Biosyntia and FGen, have struck a partnership to identify promising microbial strains.

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NHS Wales to use information management for paediatric diabetes

A new project in Wales will enable all NHS Wales Paediatric Diabetes Units to collect patient information in a consistent

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LSTM reports on a new way of screening potential treatments for TB

Scientists from LSTM’s Research Centre for Drugs and Diagnostics (RCDD) have described in a paper published today in Scientific Reports,

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Sanofi and Voluntis announce digital insulin agreement

Global healthcare company Sanofi and therapeutic companion software company Voluntis have agreed to a collaboration to help improve decision-making and

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Merck Accelerator hits new peak of applications

Merck, a leading science and technology company, announced today the new startups participating in its Accelerator programs in Darmstadt, Germany

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The First 3D Structure of Active DNA could advance Stem Cell Therapies

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have determined the first 3D structures of mammalian genomes from individual cells. For the

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Start-up helping pharmacists enhance training

A start-up company is aiming to help pharmaceutical professionals by helping them communicate through the use of an online educational

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Heart of the matter: Spain’s first artificial heart transplant

A medical team from Clínica Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona has successfully performed Spain’s first implant of the SynCardia temporary

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First live-tweet surgery performed by Royal London Hospital

A surgeon at the Royal London Hospital has become the first to live-tweet surgery. Using the @NHS Twitter account, which

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Medical device helps doctors and nurses take blood

Medical device company Olberon has developed a product to help doctors and nurses insert needles into patients’ blood. Olberon states

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Sheffield Hospitals to lead new virtual surgical centre

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation trust will lead a new virtual specialist surgical centre, designed to tackle complex rare urogenital

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Nokia rebranding Withings’ digital health devices

Mobile communications company Nokia is launching a range of connected health products this summer. The launch will mark the rebranding

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MyMind app wins NHS award for supporting young persons’ mental health

A mental health app, co-designed by the North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) as well by young people, has won

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Interfacing the Brain & Machines: Another Step to a Cyborg Future

Controlling robotic prostheses with one’s mind has been a hot topic in research, but making a prothesis ‘talk back’ has been

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Innovation for Health launched by University of Surrey

The University of Surrey has launched a new academic programme, aimed to help change the delivery of healthcare in the

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DNA computer brings ‘intelligent drugs’ a step closer

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) present a new method that should enable controlled drug delivery into the bloodstream

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Cardiac therapies catalysed by next-gen technology

Strong product pipeline will drive double-digit growth rates in the Western Europe and US markets, finds Frost & Sullivan’s Transformational

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Health monitoring smartphone system readied for FDA approval by Leman Micro Devices

Developer of consumer healthcare products, Leman Micro Devices (LMD) has announced that its Health Sensor & App will be submitted

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Novartis, NHS joint working pact delivers new eye service

People living in Ayrshire and Arran who have some of the most common forms of avoidable sight loss will now

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NHS launches free Wi-Fi in GP surgeries

Over five million patients will soon be able to access Wi-Fi in early adopter GP practices as the NHS takes

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What Happened to the Smart Contact Lens for Diabetics?

Originally projected to be on the market by 2020, excitement about the contact lens to measure glucose levels from Novartis and Google

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Tumor-targeting system uses cancer’s own mechanisms to betray its location

By hijacking a cancer cell’s own metabolism, researchers have found a way to tag and target elusive cancers with small-molecule

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Pharmapack Europe Announces 2017 Award Winners

On Feb. 2, 2017 Pharmapack Europe announced the winners of the 2017 Pharmapack Awards. The winners were revealed during the

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Nemaura secures funding for drug delivery system

Biotech company Nemaura Pharma has secured up to £5 million funding from private investors for the development of a hormone

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More than 1,000 patients benefit from high-tech robot

A high-tech robot that helps surgeons perform highly precise and minimally-invasive surgery has been used over 1,000 times at Sheffield

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EU approval for Sanofi’s type 2 diabetes treatment

The European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorisation in Europe for Sanofi‘s Suliqua, a titratable fixed-ratio combination of basal insulin

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FDA approves Abbott’s molecular Zika virus test

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised Abbott’s molecular test to detect Zika virus in whole blood (when

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