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Latest Cell Therapy Catapult databases indicate growing UK cell therapy sector
Latest Cell Therapy Catapult databases indicate...
The Cell Therapy Catapult has published annual updates to its UK Clinical Trial and Preclinical Research Databases.
UK pipeline of 86 projects with strength in oncology and T cell therapies
The Cell Therapy Catapult, which is focused on the development of the UK cell therapy industry to increase the nation's health and wealth, has published annual updates to its UK Clinical Trial and Preclinical Research Databases1. These complementary records, which it uses to track trends and inform planning, indicate that the UK has a late preclinical research and clinical trial pipeline of 86 projects, up from the 2013 total of 71. There is a strong focus on oncology and T cell therapies, reflecting sector interest in cancer immunotherapies, as well as on neurological indications.
Both databases, with commentary, can be found on our website.
There are 41 verified cell therapy clinical trials ongoing in the UK, according to the 2014 Clinical Trials Database update, up from 34 in 2013. Key findings include:
- Early-stage trials (Phases I, I/II and II) predominate
- As in 2013, the majority of trials are sponsored by a research institution
- Bone marrow-derived (14 trials) and T cells (13) are the most represented cell types
- There are 13 oncology trials, seven for neurological & six for cardiovascular diseases
- Autologous/allogeneic split of approximately 1:1 (compared with 2:1 in 2013)
- Several studies which have progressed from 2013's preclinical database now included
The Preclinical Research Database includes all preclinical projects ongoing in the UK believed to be two or less years from the clinic, and the 2014 update has 45 entries, up from the 37 identified in the 2013 analysis. Key findings include:
- The majority (87%) of UK preclinical projects are sponsored by a research institution
- As in 2013, autologous and allogeneic cells are represented approximately equally
- A diverse range of cell types is present, with a dominance of bone marrow, neuronal and T cells (eight projects each)
- Significant activity in ophthalmology (12), oncology & cardiovascular (seven each) areas
Keith Thompson, CEO of the Cell Therapy Catapult, said: 'We're delighted that the 2014 updates to our UK Clinical Trial and Preclinical Research Databases show a growing pipeline of cell therapies. With more therapies preparing for, entering or moving through the clinical trial process, the prospect of real benefit for patients via a strong UK cell therapy industry increases. The Cell Therapy Catapult hopes that the databases continue to be a useful tool for the cell therapy community, which we thank for its input.'
1 The information in both databases tracks UK activity regardless of the nationality of the sponsor, and has been verified and approved.
Call to Tender - Electronic Project Portfolio Management Tool
Invitation to Tender - Electronic Project...
We have issued an Invitation To Tender for the provision of an electronic project portfolio management tool.
Transport Systems Catapult has issued an Invitation to Tender for the provision of an electronic project portfolio management tool to support the delivery of a portfolio of technology and innovation projects and programmes. Interested parties should download the tender documentation - Letter of Invitation, Acknowledgement Form, ITT, and Confidentiality Form. The deadline for questions is Thursday 13th March 2014 and the deadline for submissions is Tuesday 18th March 2014.
Connected Digital Economy
Catapult appoints new non-executive directors
Five new non-executive directors have been appointed to the Connected Digital Economy Catapult board...
Five new non-executive directors have been appointed to the Connected Digital Economy Catapult board, with wide-ranging experience in big data, academia, telecoms and games.
The five new board members are:
Laura Shesgreen, a former CFO of Skype who has worked in a series of successful start-ups
Chris van der Kuyl, the founder of brightsolid, the owners of Friends Reunited. He is one of Scotland's leading entrepreneurs and is Professor of Digital Entertainment at the University of Abertay Dundee
David Docherty, who has worked for the BBC and Telewest, and is a successful author. He is CEO of the National Centre for Universities and Business
Professor Dame Wendy Hall from Southampton University, a world-renowned expert in areas such as advanced web technologies, digital libraries and human computer interaction. She has published over 400 papers and was the first non-American to be elected President of the Association of Computing Machinery
Ian Baverstock – an angel investor, founder of Tenshi ventures and a successful entrepreneur. As well as being a past president of TIGA he has valuable experience from the Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network.
Our first task is to advise and support Neil and his executive team in the strategic development of our business plan and the critical resource choices to support our vision of igniting digital innovation to power sustained economic growth in the UK.
They will join existing non-executive board members Warren East and Nick Appleyard, Chief Executive Neil Crockett and Chairman Andy Green.
Commenting on the appointments Andy Green said: "I couldn't be more excited at the prospect of working with this diverse and talented group of people. We have worked hard to bring together a team with a wide variety of backgrounds, and we are all united by the desire to help UK based entrepreneurs grow successfully and help ignite the UK economy.
For more information please see Andy Green's blog.
ORE Catapult CEO meets Narec’s newest apprentices following merger of the organisations
Offshore Renewable Energy
ORE Catapult CEO meets Narec's newest...
The CEO of the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, Andrew Jamieson, was in Blyth today visiting the National...
The CEO of the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, Andrew Jamieson, was in Blyth today visiting the National Renewable Energy Centre's (Narec) world-leading testing facilitates and meeting some of its newest recruits.
The visit follows the announcement that the two organisations are merging with immediate effect creating a national champion for the development and cost reduction of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy across the UK.
He toured the facility with outgoing Narec CEO Andrew Mill and Ronnie Campbell, MP for Blyth Valley. He also met three of Narec's newest apprentices; Vinny Haliburton (19) and Matthew Eltringham (19) from Blyth, and George Hedley (18) from Whitley Bay. They began apprenticeship with Narec this week.
Picture caption: L-R Tony Quinn, Operations Director, Ronnie Campbell MP, ORE Catapult CEO Andrew Jamieson, Vinny Haliburton, Matthew Eltringham, George Hedley and outgoing Narec CEO Andrew Mill.
Independent expert to push forward Catapult network to new heights
Independent expert to push forward Catapult...
Leading technology entrepreneur Hermann Hauser will outline how the Government's network of elite technology and...
Leading technology entrepreneur Hermann Hauser will outline how the Government's network of elite technology and innovation centres can be fully exploited to benefit the economy in the long-term. See the Medium term strategy for Catapult centres: Hauser review - call for feedback.
I am pleased Herman Hauser has agreed to undertake this review because he has already proven he has the vision to set Government bold but achievable goals - Vince Cable
This is the right time to take stock of the significant progress already made by the Catapults as we think about the future scope and scale of the network in the future - Iain Gray
Europe’s Biggest Space Business Competition Enters Its 10th Year
Europe's Biggest Space Business...
The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is looking for individuals, teams or companies with ground-breaking...
Do you have a brilliant idea that uses satellite navigation technology? The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is looking for individuals, teams or companies with ground-breaking ideas in applying positioning, navigation or timing technology, to rapidly accelerate their ideas into successful businesses.
Whether it's an app, software platform or new piece of technology, the ESNC can connect you with a world-class network and provide expert business mentoring with guidance in protecting Intellectual Property (IP), refining your business model and maximising investor appeal.
The UK leg of the Europe-wide competition is now open for submissions; home grown innovators have achieved outstanding success in the competition, winning the overall European prize twice in the past 10 years, and placing in the top 5 every year we've entered.
"Winning the UK leg of the European Satellite Navigation Competition transformed our business", says iGeolise Co-Founder and Director, Peter Lilley. His company helps customers search for services and places using time rather than distance, and works with major organisations including the UK's largest estate agency group, Countrywide, Zoopla and Visit Britain. "On the strength of winning in 2012, we achieved national publicity which brought in our very first client. The competition acted as a springboard to attract further clients and by the end of 2014, we expect to turn over in the region of £1m."
Stuart Martin, CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult and sponsors of the UK ESNC competition explains: "The UK's thriving technology sector is ideally placed to benefit from the boom in space-based information that characterises ‘the new space age'. By 2030, the UK is expected to have a £40bn space based industry - £37bn of that market value will be driven by new products and services built on space imagery, data and technology. The ESNC offers a fantastic opportunity to bring space and business together; it enables visionary people to harness the power of the vast amounts of satellite data coming online to create new products, and who knows, it might even create an entire new industry."
The competition is designed to help identify and promote new ideas so your product or service does not have to be on-sale to be eligible, nor do you need a detailed business plan to enter. Simply go to www.galileo-masters.eu and submit your entry on line by 30 June 2014.
For further information please contact:
Kirsten Robinson on 07539 660790 or Jules Tipler on 07811 166796
Notes to Editors
The UK leg of the ESNC is run jointly by the Satellite Applications Catapult and the University of Nottingham and supported by the UK Space Agency, Technology Strategy Board, CGI, Airbus Defence and Space, Marks & Clerk Intellectual Property Services and the European Space Agency, Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC).
The UK winner will be announced in September and the overall European grand prize winner in October. All entrants will receive technical and commercial feedback on their idea from the judging panel and will be eligible to participate in Catapult business support programmes.
UK Winner 2014 (worth £10,000): £5,000 cash prize and business support package including business consultancy, IP advice, technical consultancy, introductions to technology partners and funding opportunities, high profile national and international PR campaign.
UK Second Prize 2014 (worth £5,000): £1,000 cash prize and business support package including business and technical consultancy.
UK Third Prize 2014 (worth £1,000): Business support package including business and technical consultancy.
European Grand Prize: European Winner receives additional €20,000 cash prize.
Competition Facts and Figures
· Since the ESNC first launched in 2004 there have been over 8,200 participants.
· Over the past 10 years there have been 10 overall winners, 149 regional winners and 48 special prize winners.
· The UK was among the first nations to sign-up to the competition which now extends across more than 20 European regions.
· The UK has consistently been placed in the Top 5 in the Europe-wide final and has won the European grand prize twice.
Previous Winning Ideas
ManagePlaces – UK Winner 2013. By combining real-world sensor data with tasks and responsibilities, teams that have to work remotely can improve efficiency and save money. ManagePlaces has developed a software tool that stores organisations' sensor and location data securely in the cloud, and processes and analyses the data to provide summarised dashboards that are available on the web, mobile or tablet. The system integrates sensor data with project tasks to deliver an optimised priority list that is based on your current location, creating a connection between remote workers, and delivering a real-time virtual operations room. ManagePlaces Co-Founder, Georgios Michalakidis says: "The prize and recognition opened up doors that allowed us to expand the team and further invest in research and development." (www.manageplaces.com)
TeamSurv – UK Runner Up 2013. An innovative project to community source and share navigational data. By installing one of the company's data loggers to on-board navigation instruments, mariners are helping to improve the accuracy of coastal water information, by logging depth and position data whilst they are at sea, and uploading the data to the web for processing and display. TeamSurv have engaged almost 300 boats in the project, with funding secured for the next stage of product development and successful trials completed in the UK, France and the Baltic, and operations now expanding to the USA and South Pacific. TeamSurv Director, Tim Thornton says: "With the support of the ESNC the company has generated a significant amount of publicity. This has raised our profile, resulting in more boats signing up to participate, and greater credibility from support agencies and potential partners." (www.teamsurv.eu)