Repositive – the Cambridge-based startup that connects researchers with the right preclinical cancer models for their research – today announced the appointment of Slaven Stekovic as Head of Strategic Growth, along with leading commercial experts (Mariana Vaschetto and Francesca Crawford) to its advisory board, to drive the company’s scale-up and global growth ambitions within the pharma and biotech market.
Edinburgh-based biotechnology company MedAnnex Ltd has received a further £1 million investment from The Scottish Investment Bank (SIB), the investment arm of Scotland’s national economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise. This adds to a recent £10 million Series B investment, by Boston-based global Life Sciences investor Morningside Ventures, to close an £11 million funding round for MedAnnex.
Medherant Limited (“Medherant”), the clinical-stage company developing innovative products for pain and CNS diseases using a unique transdermal delivery technology, TEPI Patch®, has appointed John Burt as Chief Executive Officer, effective 24 June 2019. Nigel Davis, the current CEO, will remain with the Company as Chief Business Officer.
‘The UK is leading a two speed Europe’ (McKinsey & Company, Biotech in Europe: Scaling Innovation May 20, 2019).
One of the key findings and contrary to the received wisdom, is that the UK is totally smashing it on all measures as a Biotech hot spot according to research presented at BioEquity Europe in Barcelona by McKinsey & Company looking at where's hot and where's not.
Of the 1,000 European Biotechs established since 2012 the UK is leading by a country mile and represents 35% of all new Biotechs and according to the report and is leading a two speed Europe (with Germany, France and Spain in relative decline).
Medicines have complex storage and transportation needs, and getting medicines to remote locations requires lots of planning, clever engineering and infrastructure. Check out this video from SciShow on YouTube to find out more about how medicines are transported around the world.
Many congratulations to BIA Chair, Dr Jane Osbourn who has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours announced at the weekend. Jane is a true pioneer in our sector, who not only has pioneered world-class research and contributed to blockbuster discoveries but is a passionate advocate for the UK life sciences sector. For me, Jane’s greatest qualities are her abilities to communicate and lead, she has and always will be a trailblazer in our sector and I’m delighted that she has received this award.
In Westminster the Conservative leadership contest to replace Theresa May is underway and we have produced a life sciences focused guide to the runners and riders which is available here.
Just this week, Public Health England said that every one person who misses a vaccination is "one too many". There have been 795 cases of mumps in the first three months of 2019, compared with 1031 cases in the whole of 2018. Measles is not far behind in terms of making a comeback, but how does the disease get such a grip, and why does it spread so fast? Check out this video from Stat news to find out more about how measles gets a grip - and remember the most effective way to prevent it is by getting vaccinated.