warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/forge/www.ukspa.org.uk/modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.pages.inc on line 33.

Sector News

Sector News

Additional responsibilities for Medicines Discovery Catapult

The board of directors of the Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) and the Precision Medicine Catapult (PMC) have proposed the transfer of some aspects of the scientific mission of PMC to the MDC.

MDC will now focus on: medicines; diagnostics; biomarkers; early-stage clinical trial support. They believe the move reflects the change in precision medicine becoming mainstream and integrated within modern drug discovery, and will drive efficiencies and serve as a community one-stop shop for all drug-based approaches. The PMC will close as an entity in its own right.

£15 million boost for 50 cutting-edge projects


£15 million boost for 50 cutting-edge projects

Innovate UK Funding will support UK businesses to take forward cutting-edge and game-changing projects leading to new products, processes or services.

Introduction of Space Industry Bill shows UK’s commitment to commercial spaceflight

The Bill, which was outlined in the Queen’s Speech, is a clear signal of the UK’s commitment to enabling commercial spaceflight from UK spaceports, and a key part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy to ensure the UK businesses capture a share of this emerging global market.

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy - Government pledge to meet JET project funding.


The government has signalled its willingness to maintain research collaboration with European partners after the UK leaves the EU by committing to underwrite UK funding for the Joint European Torus (JET) project, the Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has announced today (27 June 2017).

2017 PraxisUnico Impact Award Winners


The winners of the Impact Awards for Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) professionals, organised by PraxisUnico and supported by Research Councils UK (RCUK), were announced last night at a black-tie ceremony in Cutlers Hall, Sheffield, in front of over 250 invited guests from universities, research institutes, industry and government. 

The Impact Awards recognise and celebrate the vital role KEC professionals play in maximising impact from research.

Lab Innovations – back for 2017!


Lab Innovations – the UK’s only dedicated showcase for laboratory technology, analytical and biotech equipment – returns for its sixth consecutive year on 1 & 2 November 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. With the largest gathering of laboratory suppliers in the UK, this free-to-attend show has lots on offer for professionals across a wide range of sectors, from pharmaceuticals to food and drink. 

Early public and private investment speeds up innovation

UK businesses can benefit from a mix of government grants and private equity. See examples and an opportunity to access both simultaneously.

UK business opportunities in China: new innovation partnerships


An agreement between the UK and Guangdong province will help businesses work with Chinese partners to innovate and access global markets.

Representatives from the UK and Guangdong province met last week (14 June 2017) to sign a memorandum of understanding that confirms their intention to work together.

Future Cities Catapult appoints Nicola Yates OBE as Chief Executive


Future Cities Catapult has announced that Nicola Yates OBE has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, taking up position on 22 May 2017.