NIH ‘Shark Tank’ Awards – Update?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US announced in August that it had awarded $248.7m to 7 companies out of 650 applicants in order to accelerate the development of Covid-19 diagnostic tests. The NIH fund allocation was a...

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Might climate friendly housing be another niche market that gets a dramatic boost?

Tim De Chant, a climate journalist and lecturer at MIT, reported in Undark on the 20th of August how households in the US use up almost 2x the amount of energy as households in Europe. US homes produce approximately...

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We estimate that the robots and drones market will reach a value of $35.9bn by 2030E

The Financial Times reported recently that Covid-19 has severely impacted the agriculture sector, with farms all over the world faced with fields of fruits and vegetables left unharvested as workers are unable to work due to travel restrictions or...

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The incorporation of smart technology into agriculture can help farmers manage risk

Nespresso, in partnership with Blue Marble Microinsurance (a UK company), launched a pilot weather index insurance program in 2018 to provide coverage for crop losses due to climate shocks. The programme assists small and independent farmers in Colombia in the...

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Is Sustainable Investing Phasing Out the Coal Industry?

BHP (BHP:NYSE), an Anglo-Australian oil and gas company, confirmed on Tuesday 18 August 2020 that it will begin scaling back on its thermal coal business and that it will start selling its older oil and gas assets in an...

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What more can governments do to ensure people wear the right kind of mask?

TIME magazine published an article on the effectiveness of homemade masks on 24 August 2020 and spoke to the controversy and confusion around them. In March, top US public health officials told the general public that masks were not needed...

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Which face masks do the job they are intended for?

Researchers from Duke University in the US published a study in Science Advances where they used a simple method to determine the efficacy of the different types of masks that are now on the market as a result of...

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Will an innovative healthcare IT system change healthcare as we know it during Covid-19?

West Kent Health, a GP lead Federation comprised of 55 practices, was featured in Healthcare Newsdesk on 16 August 2020 thanks to its Vision Shared Care Solutions - intelligent healthcare software that facilitates the appointment process and provides easier...

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Could the mental health fallout of the pandemic spur growth in the healthcare sector?

Charles Cathlin, the chief executive of TruGenomix - a private biotech company, spent the better half of the lockdown months trying to galvanise investors about the potential of his company to transform the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD...

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Part I – What part will new tech play in economic recovery?

R-Zero Systems, a San Jose based company incorporated in April 2020, has developed UV-C (ultraviolet-C) portable units that can disinfect a room in minutes. Co-founders Ben Boyer and Eli Harris's vision is to expand the use of UV lights as...

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