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Adapting to growth in medical cannabis market Expected market growth will need labs to be adaptable In July 2021, proposals to liberalise the medicinal cannabis sector were put forward by UK government officials, potentially removing another barrier for a market expected to grow in the coming years. Here Aleiya Lonsdale, head of marketing at Lab
Speak out to consolidate your financial position Arguably the UK needs its exporters now more than it ever has, but the iron grip of the Treasury and poor use of resources at the Department for International Trade seem to be working against our key industries rather than helping them. GAMBICA is taking members’ many and
5 minutes with… Alan Thomas Alan Thomas from ZwickRoell Limited. What is your role? ZwickRoell is a leading global supplier of materials and component testing products. My role is to promote the ZwickRoell brand and mechanical testing solutions across the U.K. and Ireland. We offer a comprehensive range of advanced technology materials and component testing
The development of precision medicine and precision public health As humans, many things we do are individually tailored to our needs. Our diets, clothing choices and lifestyles differ dependent on requirements, but despite the wide variety of differences between us all we often will receive the same health care. The aim of developing precision medicine
The rise of virtual labs The development and use of ‘virtual labs’ are increasing as academic institutions and companies look to cut costs, improve student understanding, develop new training methods and reach a wider group of people with hands-on education. The recent rise of online learning through the pandemic has led to a dramatic increase
How wastewater monitoring has provided insight into COVID-19 Since wastewater testing began for Covid-19 in early 2020, the results have helped in estimating a more accurate view of infection levels in specific areas in the UK. The discrepancy between these tests and results from COVID-19 tests highlights the level of people infected with the disease
‘Science is the only exit strategy from COVID-19’ according to the OECD. COVID-19 has had an unprecedentedly wide impact across the globe, but alongside the vast negatives of the pandemic have been huge developments in collaborative research. From the rapid development of vaccines and PCR and antibody testing to the multitudes of innovative products and
Sustainable PPE Plastic is a problem – as it currently stands the production of plastic will account for about 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. About eight million metric tonnes enter our oceans each year on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that currently circulate our marine environments. The world has
5 Minutes with… Laurence Dawkins-Hall Professional Registration Support Mentor with the Science Council & Teaching Technician at the Cancer Centre, University of Leicester What excites you in the industry? In the increasingly technological age we live in, I think there has never been a greater need for skilled technicians. There are huge developments in Biomedical
Is the new two-year post-study work visa enough? In September 2019, the UK Government announced a more generous post-study work visa for international graduates. The new visa will allow them to stay in the UK for up to two years after graduation to find work, significantly extending the previous threshold, which allowed them to stay
~ Expected market growth will need labs to be adaptable ~ Further easing of import restrictions by the Government will provide faster access to patients prescribed cannabis-based medicines — and is the removal of yet another barrier in a market expected to grow in the coming years. Here, Katie Gray, Marketing Manager at Lab Innovations
This July, many lab professionals will be returning to their labs. So we caught up with Martin Farley, Sustainable Labs Advisor from University College London, to find out about his tips on a safe and sustainable return to the lab. What are your sustainable and safe top tips for lab professionals returning to work? Recently
Tackling a pandemic is a massive effort that calls people from disciplines far and wide. Politicians, public figures and, of course, medical staff are all deeply involved in the response. Hidden just behind the front lines, however, are laboratories that are working to bring these unprecedented times to an end. Here, Lab Innovations 2020 hears
Laboratories are just one of the many businesses that have been forced to adapt to COVID-19. While some QA/QC labs have fared well, others that rely on collaborative output have suffered. The result is an acceleration towards the adoption of digital technologies such as Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). Here, Lab Innovations interviews Simon Wood,
US corporation, 3M is commonly known for manufacturing tapes and adhesives. However, this hasn’t always been the case. In its early days, two buyers made a decision that would turn a small business into a Fortune 500 corporation. Here Gerald Law, chief executive at Innovation DB, one of this year’s exhibitors at Lab Innovations, explains
The Royal Society reports that every £1 invested in medical research delivers a return equivalent of around 25 pence every year, forever. Due to the current global situation, many of these vital investments are on hold. However, the sector is adapting to the new landscape. Here, Katie Gray, senior marketing executive at Lab Innovations, explains
Scientists on Standby has been rapidly conceptualised and launched in response to the COVID-19 crisis and in anticipation of the increasing pressure on UK diagnostic testing laboratories and facilities in the coming weeks and months. The portal enables scientists with relevant skills and experience to volunteer their time, expertise and support for COVID-19 screening and
In April’s newsletter we caught up with Lab Innovations advisory board member, Jiteen Ahmed, Technical Manager at Aston University. Jiteen, who is also Chair of the Laboratory Group at SUPC and Chair of the STEMed National Procurement Group, has been busy working with lab technicians, doing their bit for the NHS to control the spread
We caught up with Gerald Law from Innovation DB about blockchain in the life sciences sector… What is blockchain? A blockchain is a way of organising records in an order that reveals immediately if someone has tampered with it. Consider taking the a page out of a book and putting back somewhere else. The page
We spoke to Andy Evans, Managing Director of Green Light Laboratories, about sustainability, career advice and greenwashing… What is the best piece of advice you’ve received in your career? Being taken to one side and told by my former boss that I should do what I do now. It encouraged me to take the plunge
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