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There are 8 blog posts in the category "lifescience"

Innovation is alive and well in the East Midlands

Life Science Innovation is recognised as key to the UK’s economic growth. As a traditional service lead industry Franklands always look forward to the Medilink East Midlands annual Innovation Day to celebrate Life Science development in the East Midlands. This year the day didn’t disappoint.

Cracking the Cancer Code

Can you imagine a time when cancer treatments could be personalised to speed up recovery and improve survival rates? This was the scenario described at a recent MediCity fund-raising event for the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre based in Nottingham. It would seem that the time is nearer than we might dare to believe. A team of 35 international scientists under the direction of Professor Bob Rees at Nottingham Trent University is pushing the boundaries of cancer research even further The Centre’s research programmes in personalised medical treatment, diagnosis and immunotherapy aim to change the lives of cancer patients for ever.

Dr Ruth McKearnan on plans to spot the gazelles on the business horizon

Where do we find more entrepreneurs with ambition, who are not scared of taking risks and have a long view of business growth? It’s a regular question asked by Dr Ruth McKearnan, chief executive of the government body Innovate UK, and a woman on a mission. If this award-winning bio scientist is allowed the freedom to apply innovation to scale up small to medium enterprises, then it will be a refreshing alternative to the stop-start of previous government business support interventions.

Antimicrobial resistance – does the Davos Declaration impact me?

If you were coughing your way through early January in the vain hope that a short course of antibiotics will do the trick, think again. It’s now widely recognised that we have over-indulged on the quick-fix antibiotic, and inadvertently contributed to the alarming rise in antimicrobial resistance. Lemon and honey with a few days in bed might be the better prescription, unless of course things take a definitive turn for the worst.

How safe is your innovation?

It has to be the stuff of nightmares. Years of laborious lab work, scientific papers and funding rounds to get your innovation into the marketplace, when the phone rings. A lawyer representing another company wishes to discuss a possible infringement of patent. Can you make yourself available for a meeting next week? You replace the receiver. Your heart starts to thump and your mind races.

Most of us will shy away from the media. It’s not so much the startling headlines and sensational reporting that puts us off, but the fact we simply don’t understand how the media industry works, and whether we should work with it anyway. As bio-scientists and med tech innovators, how can we avoid our research into a potential cure or launch of a new medical devise becoming hijacked for that sensational headline? Could adverse news coverage damage our reputation and impact commercially; and if we do speak to the media, how might adverse publicity affect our insurance cover?

“To err is human” according to the old adage. People make mistakes that have no cause other than human imperfection. But when it comes to mistakes made by medical device users, the consequences can literally be fatal. In 2013, 13,642 ‘adverse incidents’ were reported to the MHRA, the regulatory agency for the industry; investigations reveal that only 20% of errors are due to mechanical failure – 80% are caused by human error (Institute of Medicines 2000 & Perrow, 1984).

Franklands sponsors life sciences innovation day at Medilink 2015

Midlands’ insurance brokers and risk management specialists, Franklands, were one of more than 30 sponsors and exhibitors at this year’s Innovation Day, the foremost Life Sciences event in the region.

Franklands exhibited at the event, which took place at The Nottingham Belfry and also sponsored the Best Start-Up award at the Medilink East Midlands Business Awards dinner.

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