Medicines Manufacturing Challenge Community Summer Update

Posted on: 29/06/2021
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Take a look at the latest news, events and funding of relevance to the Medicines Manufacturing community in our round-up.

Events – Recordings

Analytics Going Viral – tools to meet the needs of viral vector analysis

Wednesday 7th July, 14:00 – 17:30 | Online

On 7th July 2021, KTN held this event to discuss the current state of the art, challenges and potential solutions around analysis of adeno-associated virus and lentiviral vectors.

The event included contributions from speakers representing companies, academia, RTOs and others.

Watch back here

Medicines Manufacturing Challenge Community Event – Looking to the Future of UK Medicines Manufacture, 31st March 2021: Watch Back

On 31st March, KTN, in partnership with Innovate UK, hosted the Medicines Manufacturing Challenge Community Event, showcasing the latest projects and the research and infrastructure developments that will accelerate the development and manufacture of vital advanced therapies, medicines and vaccines in the UK. You can watch back the recording today here.

We were delighted to have Steve Bagshaw, during his first week as the Government’s Vaccine Task Force Supply Chain Lead, to share his thoughts on the extraordinary year we have just experienced, and where we go from here. You can read this piece here.

Accelerating Net Zero Series: Energy & Resource Efficiency for Chemistry and Medicines Manufacturing – Watch Back the Recording

On Thursday 17th June, the Chemistry and Industrial Biotechnology Team at KTN is excited to extend its series focusing on accelerating Net Zero in Chemical Manufacturing to explore further opportunities in energy and resource efficiency. For the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) session we are also collaborating with KTN’s Health Team to consider the energy challenges across chemicals and the medicines manufacturing communities. Watch back the recording here.


KTN Launches Medimap

KTN’s Medimap is a new interactive reference tool for the UK medicines sector, mapping and categorising over 3,000 sites of organisations engaged in or supporting the end-to-end supply chain for medicines – this covers organisations involved in the discovery, development and manufacture of medicines, as well as those supporting the sector.

The interface presents different views of the UK landscape which can help identify the opportunities for collaboration to accelerate ambitious ideas into real-world solutions. Users can explore the organisations belonging to different groups, categories and sub-categories.

View the map here

Survey: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and Net Zero/Sustainability in Medicines Manufacturing

Following our Medicines Manufacturing Challenge Community showcase event on 31st March we had a lot of interest in our panel discussions on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, and in Net Zero and what these important themes mean for the sector. The Medicines Manufacturing Challenge Community is supporting the sector in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, and Net Zero/Sustainability. We would like to hear from you if you are interested in informing or participating in future activities in these areas. Please help us in the drive to a more sustainable and inclusive Medicines Manufacturing sector by completing this survey.

National Horizons Centre: Advanced therapies, vaccines and bioprocessing skills survey

What skills demand is there in the bioindustry? National Horizon Centre at Teeside University would love to hear from advanced therapies and vaccine developers and manufacturers, and bioprocessing organisations, about your current employee training needs, and future workforce requirements. Please complete the short survey to help determine training courses required in this area, to ensure we have a skilled current and future workforce, which are crucial in the fight against covid and future pandemics, and ensuring life changing medicines are available for those in need.

Latest Funding Opportunities

Biomedical catalyst 2021: early and late stage awards

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £18 million to develop innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation. Your project can address:

  • disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions
  • earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcomes
  • tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures

Closes 26th August 2021. Click here for details

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