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22/03/19
Aerospace designers should start thinking of their next big project, as they could be in with a chance to win up to £150 million a year to get their product off the ground.

The government has announced the competition, which is part of the UK Aerospace Research and Technology (UKART) programme worth £3.9 billion.

This initiative has been set up by the government and those in the industry, and is managed by Innovate UK, the Aerospace Technology Institute and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

In order to maintain Britain’s position as having one of the best aerospace industries in the world, it has launched this competition to encourage businesses to come up with exciting new designs.

“Organisations are invited to express an interest in a competition worth £150 million a year with their innovative ideas for future aerospace design and manufacture. The best projects will then be invited to apply for grant funding,” a government spokesperson said.

The contest begins today (March 18th) and will run until February 11th 2020, with any UK-based business, academic organisation, research or technology group encouraged to put forward their ideas.

If they are successful, they could be given up to 70 per cent of the costs for projects that are researched based, or half of the expenses of capital investment initiatives.

Applicants are encouraged to submit designs aimed at improving Britain’s aircraft design and system integration; future-proofing technologies in the UK, including smart and electric aircrafts; helping the country become a world leader in large aviation structures; and developing propulsion technologies that are more efficient.

This comes after the Guardian reported how aerospace firms are preparing for a ‘no deal Brexit’ by stockpiling millions of pounds worth of parts.

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25/02/19
Businesses in all industries are preparing for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, as politicians continue to argue over the best way to leave the EU.

One sector that’s been make particular provisions is aerospace and defence, with the Guardian recently outlining exactly what companies in this area have been doing to prepare.

The news provider pointed out that a no-deal Brexit will add millions of pounds in costs to many firms, and as a result mitigating these is a top priority.

In June last year, for instance, Airbus revealed it would need to stockpile €1 billion-worth of parts, as well as stating that any delays caused to production as a result of a no-deal Brexit could run to €1 billion per week.

Rolls Royce, Bombardier Aerospace and Meggitt have all also announced that they are building up a stockpile of parts and/or raw materials to help prevent supply issues should the UK exit without a deal.

A number of firms in the UK have also applied to switch their regulatory approval to the EU, to help protect them in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Those operating in defence, rather than commercial aerospace, appear to be better insulated from Brexit-related shocks, the newspaper noted, because many sell parts that fall outside of tariffs.

Earlier this month, Airbus UK vice CEO Katherine Bennett told the Andrew Marr show that a no-deal Brexit would be “absolutely catastrophic” for the firm which employs 14,000 people in the UK.

The New European reported on her comments, where she also said that the company would have to make “difficult decisions” if the UK walks away from the EU with no deal in place.

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19/02/19
There could be a new medical technology centre in Nottingham if plans are given the go ahead.

Earlier this week, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) submitted proposals for a new £8 million scheme on the Boots Enterprise Zone, as part of its Medical Technologies Innovation Facility (MTIF).

This will help medical product developments advance, bringing new technologies to market at a much faster rate, and improving patient care across the UK.

Professor Edward Peck, the university’s vice-chancellor, said: “Medical technology is one of the real strengths of the local economy, one of the real strengths of Nottingham Trent University, and a major priority for the Midlands Engine, so this is both a timely and exciting development.”

Broxtowe Borough Council has to approve the proposals before work can go ahead, but building could begin as early as this summer if the plans are approved, with the facility expected to open a year later.

The site will offer more laboratories, as well as technologies and expertise for processing, developing prototypes and getting products ready for manufacturing.

The MTIF project has already been provided with a £9.7 million investment from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, as part of the Local Growth Fund, with the intention being that the site will encourage networking and support between organisations and their researchers.

The region could become an influential centre of healthcare developments, as medical technology companies in the East Midlands have recently been told they are eligible to apply for finance.

Medical Technology Trial (MTT) grants are available to businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire as part of Medilink East Midlands, Medical Plastics News revealed recently.

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06/02/19
There could be advancement in medical technology companies in the East Midlands, after it was revealed they are eligible to apply for some finance towards their clinical evaluation costs.

Medilink East Midlands is offering Medical Technology Trial (MTT) grants to businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire that have to test their products or services in a clinical setting, reported Medical Plastics News.

These will be delivered by the Inspiring Networking To Stimulate Technology Innovation in Life Sciences (INSTILS) project, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This offers free support to life science companies in the East Midlands.

The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) is also helping to finance the initiative, while The University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust are helping to deliver the project too.

Chief executive of Medilink East Midlands Darren Clark stated gathering evidence is “paramount” for medical technology businesses that want to sell their products and services to the healthcare industry.

“By making this support available, we’re helping companies to overcome obstacles on the road to getting their products and services out to as wide a market as possible,” Mr Clark said.

Businesses in the region that initiate within the INSTILS programme will be offered help and advice from life science specialists, the NHS, and universities. They will also receive finance for clinical evaluations, as well as money towards developments and networking events to help get their products on to the market.

It is important medical technology is given the investment it needs to continue to develop, as it offers many benefits to patients. These include virtual appointments, machines that provide analysis to help specialists understand medical problems, and better sharing of patient records among healthcare professionals.

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28/01/19
The North Slope in Alaska was once described as a ‘super basin’ for oil, which is why there could be a huge increase in oil exploration in this region within the next few years.

Peninsula Clarion reported that oil exploration and rig activity could be the highest it has been in 20 years in 2019, according to state officials.

Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) deputy commission Sara Longan was one of the officials who spoke to the Alaska Senate Finance Committee last week about the future of the Alaskan oil industry.

Ms Longan was quoted by the publication as saying: “The classification of the North Slope as a super basin is a pretty big darn deal.”

She went on to say: “There’s so much undiscovered potential in Cook Inlet also, that industry’s going to keep looking at Alaska to invest money.”

While DNR has been optimistic about the increase in oil output from the North Slope, Graham Smith, permitting section manager for the Division of Oil and Gas told the publication that figures could be even higher than expected.

He noted there might be over 20 oilrigs in the North Slope and Cook Inlet in 2019, which is five more than the DNR was aiming for.

This comes after research firm IHS Markit said the North Slope in Alaska was a ‘super basin’ for crude oil, and crude oil output could even rise by 40 per cent before 2027.

ExxonMobil currently digs for oil in the Alaskan North Slope, with production having begun here in 1977. It markets around 110kBd of crude oil from this region, mostly to those on the west coast of America.

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23/01/19
Technology is advancing at an unprecedented speed in every industry, including the world of medicine. While medical research and educated physicians will always be pivotal in improving healthcare services for patients, there is a growing need for technological advancements in this field too.

Here are just some benefits of medical technology for patient care.
  1. Deep learning machines
These machines are designed to provide analysis to assist specialists in their understanding of a medical problem. For instance, they are becoming increasingly popular in radiology, being able to interpret images quickly and efficiently.

According to CIO Applications, they might also be able to spot things that the human eye cannot detect, helping doctors in the diagnosis of medical conditions that might, otherwise, be very difficult to determine.
  1. Sharing patients’ records
Another way technology will play an important part in NHS healthcare this year is through the introduction of systems that allow both GPs and hospital staff to access medical information about patients instantly.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has just implemented the system, thanks to Orion Health Medicines, that enables doctors across 11 sites to find out about what medications patients are on when they are admitted, and what prescription changes other physicians have made and why.
  1. Virtual appointments
While all of us are used to seeing our doctor face to face, this is all set to change, with virtual appointments to become the norm in 2019.

In an attempt to reduce waiting times, the NHS has introduced an app that allows GPs to call you for your appointment. Patients can show their symptoms via camera, if necessary, helping GPs make diagnoses over the phone.

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03/01/19
Google is trying to make a name for itself in the medical technology sector by developing artificial intelligence (AI) that can screen for eye disease for people in Thailand.

Its pilot programme will be undertaken in conjunction with the Rajavithi Hospital to provide screenings to help detect diabetic retinopathy for those who would otherwise not have access to eye tests, in an attempt to avoid permanent blindness in those who suffer from the condition.

The company wrote in its blog post: “Deploying this technology in underserved communities that don’t have enough eye specialists could be life-changing for many.”

It was added that the technology giant wanted to “make the benefits of AI available to everyone”, and has previously used this AI initiative, which looks at medical images of the back of the eye to detect signs of diabetic retinopathy, in clinics in India.

Google also rolled out this project in the US along with Moorfields Eye Hospital, accurately detecting 50 cases of eye disorders.

This process was used instead of optical coherence tomography 3D scans, which are not only hard to determine the results but require experts to do so, Medical Device Network reported.

In comparison, Google’s AI system can ascertain characteristics in mere seconds, allowing sufferers to get urgent care without delay, which could save their sight in the long run.

It stated the accuracy of AI is “on par with human retinal specialists”, allowing a greater number of patients to be screened in the same amount of time.

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