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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Immune response and catching Covid twice

The Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute of the New York Blood Centre and Rockefeller University in June concluded that herd immunity is not as simple as it sounds but that antibody testing retains a key role in localised lockdowns....

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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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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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Will cooperation between Healthcare firms continue as a trend, increasing healthcare M&A?

Siemens Healthineers (SHL.DE) announced that it would acquire Varian Medical Systems (VAR) on the 2nd of August 2020 for USD 16.4bn. Siemens will purchase all of Varian's shares for $177.50/share in cash; a 24% premium. The deal will be financed...

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Will smaller biotech companies challenge or replace the current cohort of Big Pharma?

The Financial Times released an article on 14 August 2020 highlighting the significant increase in healthcare IPOs of companies that are working towards a Covid-19 vaccine. According to Martin Steinbach, Head of EY’s IPO and listing services EMEIA, “2020’s initial...

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Now healthcare and technology are becoming increasingly intertwined, will this lead to a successful vaccine?

Soo Aleman, a researcher and physician at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, released a study on 29 June 2020 that showed that individuals who had been infected by SARS-CoV-2 either did not develop any antibodies or if they...

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