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Kiss Communications Appoint New Head of PR

05 December 2016: Cambridge, UK - Kiss Communications have announced the appointment of Kate Matthews to the position of Head of PR. This is a new role, with Kate reporting into Sarah Reakes, Managing Director. Kate has held several senior positions including Head of PR at Ware Anthony Rust in Cambridge, Board Director at Thirteen Communications and Associate Director at The Red Consultancy, both in London. She brings a wealth of management expertise and over 14 years’ experience in creating and leading integrated PR campaigns for B2B and B2C organisations. Kate’s client experience includes: Microscoft, Adobe, eBay, Flybe, Department for Education, ebookers, and learndirect. Kate said: “The KISS promise to ‘clarify the complex’ really stood out to me – as more and more brands compete for space, the ability to create simple but impactful ideas that cut through the noise is a real must for any successful agency. I have been impressed with the team’s energy and ent ...

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Activate Science Extends its European programme into the Nordics

05 December 2016: Loughborough, UK – Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, today announced it has delivered 34 events across Europe in 2016, including Sweden, Norway and Finland which came into the mix for the first time. Emily Quinton, European marketing communications manager, commented: “This has been a great year for Activate Science. The programme continues to go from strength to strength and has extended into 11 countries, reaching nearly 3,000 delegates.” Activate Science events are aimed at all laboratory personnel, including anyone who uses or purchases products. It is a great opportunity to network and speak directly at a customer’s location. Delegates have commented that they value being able to talk to suppliers in a relaxed atmosphere away from the laboratory. Attendees also attend seminars covering topics relevant to their work today, learning about new techniques and developments to enable them to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer ...

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Oxford BioMedica and Orchard Therapeutics Announce Strategic Alliance

29 November 2016: London & Oxford, UK - Orchard Therapeutics, a biotechnology company dedicated to bringing transformative ex-vivo gene therapies to patients with serious and life-threatening orphan diseases announces today that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Oxford BioMedica plc, a world-leading company in gene and cell therapy. Under the terms of the collaboration and licence agreement, Oxford BioMedica has granted an exclusive intellectual property licence to Orchard for collaboration programmes, and will provide process development services and manufacture clinical and commercial GMP-grade lentiviral vectors for Orchard. Oxford BioMedica will receive a 1.95% equity stake in Orchard and will be entitled to royalties on future sales of products covered by the collaboration. The process development arrangements include performance-related incentives, through which Oxford BioMedica could receive a further 1.95% equity stake in Orchard. The agreement is an important milestone for Orcha ...

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Wickham Laboratories Expands Sterility Testing Facilities

29 November 2016: Gosport, UK - Wickham Laboratories announces the expansion of our service offerings once again within our sterility department.  Due to a marked increase in the volume of sterility testing our sterility department has been engaged in over the past year, a refurbishment project was carried out in September to allow space for an additional isolator unit. The addition of a fourth isolator, scheduled for completion in early 2017, will expand our capacity for testing by over 30% and reduce potential delays in turnaround time.  This is the second expansion of our sterility department in the past two years and we are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to provide both our existing and new clients with a high quality sterility testing service they can rely upon. Company Overview As a GMP/GLP compliant laboratory with over 50 years of experience, Wickham Laboratories Ltd is an established name in the fields of pharmaceutical and medical device contract testing, research an ...

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AMSBIO Expands Catalogue with New Range of Human Endothelial Progenitor Cells

24 November 2016: Abingdon, UK - Human endothelial progenitor cells are a primitive cell type. They are bone marrow derived cells with properties similar to embryonic angioblasts. Progenitor cells migrate into the blood stream and are able to differentiate into a variety of mature vascular endothelial cell types. EPC play an important role in both angiogenesis and vasculogenesis. Compared to specific mature types of endothelial cells such as HMVECs and HUVECs, human EPC are more suitable for cell-based screening of anti-cancer drugs. Endothelial progenitor cells also have an impact on aging and smoking-related diseases, thereby offering beneficial research and drug discovery use in these areas.

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PCI Clinical Services Announces Further Expansion of its Cryogenic Storage Capability

17 November 2016: Bridgend, UK & Philadelphia, USA – Bridgend increase followed by expansion at the Rockford Illinois site.  The leading pharmaceutical outsourcing services provider PCI Pharma Services (PCI) is extending its current Cryogenic storage capabilities to its Rockford, Illinois operations, complementing the specialised capability currently offered at its Bridgend, UK centre of excellence for Clinical Trial Services.

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Oxford Immunotec Ranked Among Deloitte’s 2016 Technology Fast 500™

16 November 2016: Oxford, UK & Marlborough, USA - Oxford Immunotec Global PLC, a global, high-growth diagnostics company focused on developing and commercialising proprietary tests for the management of underserved immune-regulated conditions today announced that it has been included in Deloitte’s 2016 Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America. Oxford Immunotec’s US subsidiary was ranked 353rd in the list of 500, based upon Deloitte’s assessment that the Company grew annual revenue 204 percent from fiscal year 2012 to 2015.

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Declan Haverty Joins Horton International (UK)

16 November 2016: Thame, UK - Horton International, Global Healthcare is pleased to announce that Declan Haverty has joined the UK arm of Horton International, the international Executive Search Organisation, as a Partner, where he will specialise in areas including pharmaceuticals and healthcare as well as IT/technology and business and professional services. Declan joins us from Informed Decision, a hybrid search practice delivering mid-to-senior level searches internationally for a range of clients across within the healthcare and life sciences arena and beyond, also providing his deep recruitment experience as hands-on interim Head of Recruitment again for a range of clients. Declan began his career with Price Waterhouse (now PwC) working across business sectors in technology management consultancy with a range of blue-chip corporate clients.  After seven years, with experience of professional internal recruitment, he then joined Goodman Graham, a boutique technology search and selection f ...

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Summit Enrolls Patients in the US into PhaseOut DMD, a Phase 2 Clinical Trial of Ezutromid

16 November 2016: Oxford, UK - Summit Therapeutics plc, the drug discovery and development company advancing therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy ('DMD') and Clostridium difficile infection, today announces that it has enrolled its first patients at trial sites in the US into PhaseOut DMD, a Phase 2 proof of concept clinical trial of ezutromid in patients with DMD.

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AMSBIO Announces a Suite of High Quality Proteins for Killer Cell Receptor Research

15 November 2016: Abingdon, UK - Killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs), are a family of type I transmembrane glycoproteins expressed on the plasma membrane of Natural Killer (NK) cells and a minority of T cells. They regulate the killing function of these cells by interacting with major histocompatibility (MHC) class I molecules, which are expressed on all nucleated cell types. KIR receptors can distinguish between MHC class I allelic variants, which allows them to detect virally infected cells or transformed cells.

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