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Sector News

Sector News

Rail Mentor - The Gateway to Business Growth


Rail Mentor is a focussed initiative geared specifically for SMEs and offers an accelerated introduction into the rail supply chain. Registering your details is free of charge and takes only a few minutes – just go to www.railmentor.com

Six cities to host centres of excellence in precision medicine

The Precision Medicine Catapult, the UK's innovation centre for precision medicine, has announced that Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford1will be the initial locations for its regional centres of excellence network.

Each centre will act as a hub for regional precision medicine activities within the UK-wide network, co-ordinated from the Cambridge headquarters. The Catapults are a UK Government initiative, established and part-funded through Innovate UK.

Wellcome Trust Genome Campus hosts inaugural NHS Innovation Showcase

A new one-day event exploring some of the latest healthcare innovations in the NHS took place at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus recently.

The inaugural NHS Innovation Showcase, organised by Health Enterprise East (HEE), the NHS innovation hub for the East of England, East Midlands and North London, brought together academic, commercial and public sector groups to explore the latest healthcare innovations currently available as well as those in development.

Astex Pharmaceuticals joins Dementia Consortium

Cambridge Science Park-based Astex Pharmaceuticals has joined Dementia Consortium, a £3.5m cross-sector drug discovery collaboration between Alzheimer’s Research UK, MRC Technology and pharmaceutical companies Eisai and Lilly.

As well as its knowledge and resources, Astex will bring additional capital investment to the Consortium to help fund projects in the search for drugs that slow the development of neurodegenerative diseases that cause dementia.

Innovation Birmingham submits plans for new Universities Centre

A planning application has been submitted for a new 5,812 sq ft enterprise centre at Innovation Birmingham’s Faraday Wharf site.

The new AHR Architects-designed Universities Centre will make it easier for SMEs to engage with Birmingham’s five universities.

More than half of the space in the new facility will be dedicated to flexible co-working space while the remainder will accommodate training sessions and events.

Funding boost for video games sector

A £4 million fund to help boost the UK’s growing video games industry has been launched by the government.

The Video Games Prototype Fund (VGPF) is aimed at helping smaller companies get concepts off the drawing board and into production.

The video games industry is one of the UK’s biggest success stories and responsible for the creation of global gaming blockbusters such as Tomb Raider and Grand Theft Auto.

Open innovation within defence

A defence science and technology study is challenging the way defence innovates by seeking the views of the science and technology community.

The force is strong for apprentices

BIS has announced that twenty six new Trailblazer groups have been formed to create apprenticeship standards in a variety of sectors. 

Specialist needed for Cluster workshop in Brazil

Through its Prosperity Fund Programme, the UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in Brasilia has provided a grant to 3 Brazilian ‘clusters’ (namely Rio Grande do Sul, Bahia and Minas Gerais) for a specific project called the ‘Oil and Gas Capacity Building Programme’ that will improve the skills and capabilities of these Brazilian oil, gas and shipbuilding clusters to create new supply chains and diversify in a growing market. This project will run for 1 year, completing in March 2016.