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2011-09-07 13:44:46

In these tough economic times, universities are under pressure to use their knowledge and discoveries to drive economic growth, but an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) study reveals that not all universities are equal. Universities in the greater south-east of England seem to be better than those in less competitive regions at commercializing their research and innovation. Universities are stretching out beyond their academic colleagues and supporting businesses to innovate in a...

2011-04-08 13:52:04

An EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Centre for revolutionizing the way pharmaceuticals and other chemicals are made is being officially launched today (Friday, 8 April). The collaborative initiative involving leading academics and industrialists, led by the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, is seeking quicker, more effective and more sustainable methods of manufacturing products such as medicines, foodstuffs, dyes, pigments and nanomaterials. The research team...

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2011-02-14 09:50:00

Whether you are married or cohabiting with your partner, the vast majority of couples in the UK are happy in their relationship. Initial findings, from Understanding Society, show that around 90 percent of individuals who are living with a partner are happy with their relationship. Researchers at the Institute for Social and Economic Research asked both individuals in the couple to rate their happiness on a seven point scale; from the lowest score of 'extremely unhappy' to the middle point of...

2011-02-04 12:42:41

The closure of Pfizer's Sandwich Lab is part of a long-term decline in drug development, a trend that has been affecting all major UK pharmaceutical multinationals. Big pharmaceutical companies have been downsizing, outsourcing and merging in an attempts to find an innovation strategy that will keep their pipelines filled with new, potentially profitable products. This declining trend is blamed on a failure of innovative drive in the industry, failure of the UK to support basic research,...

2011-02-03 00:00:43

The Technology Strategy Board is to manage two further funding competitions as part of the £21.5 million Regenerative Medicine Programme. (PRWeb UK) February 2, 2011 The Technology Strategy Board is to manage two further funding competitions as part of the £21.5 million Regenerative Medicine Programme. Regenerative Medicine Programme: Tools and Technologies will see the Technology Strategy Board, the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences...

2010-11-10 12:06:32

While policy and research traditionally have focused on universities' contributions to technology transfer - such as patents, licences and spin-outs - the findings show that the impact from knowledge exchange is much more wide-ranging. Survey data revealed that business motivations to enter into partnerships with researchers include service development, human resource management, training and marketing. "Our findings show that technology transfer is important, but this presents an incomplete...

2010-07-11 18:00:00

LONDON, July 12, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- MRC Technology (UK) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Genentech, Inc., a wholly owned member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) for an exclusive licence to a series of small molecule drug candidates for the potential treatment of neurological disease. This is the first small molecule chemistry programme to come out of MRC Technology's Centre for Therapeutics Discovery (CTD) and the first major small molecule...

2010-05-25 09:28:30

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have discovered animal populations may often be under a much larger threat from parasites than previously recognized. It is widely believed that the absence of parasites in species which 'invade' ecosystems gives these 'invaders' an advantage in their new homes (the 'enemy release hypothesis'). But now, researchers from Queen's have discovered quite the opposite, with the presence of parasites in these invasive species actually increasing the damage...

2010-03-05 10:13:19

Sunderland City Council has teamed up with a group of academic researchers to put on an exciting interactive event aimed at making internet users more aware of the problems of disclosing personal information online. The event forms part of the nationwide Festival of Social Science which is run by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) "“ the leading funder of social science research in the UK - and is intended to help the general public discover more about the world of social...

2010-02-03 18:01:00

LONDON, February 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A major centre created by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and MRC Technology (MRCT) in order to fast-track the discovery and development of novel drugs, opens its first call for targets today. The MRCT Centre for Therapeutics Discovery (CTD), based in London, is seeking small molecule drug discovery and therapeutic antibody targets from academic researchers. The CTD would like to collaborate with scientists in all universities to develop...


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