Next generation microsensors for pharmaceuticals and environmental monitoring

Divya Popat | Pharma | Healthcare | Sep 18th 2020

Nanoparticles have become important in drug delivery processes; offering better bioavailability, increased resistance time and the ability to target drugs accurately. Currently there is no easy way to measure the efficiency of drug loading in nanoparticles. Levels of nitrates and phosphates in drinking water also need to be monitored need to be monitored and current techniques are cumbersome and inflexible. An Oxford startup has developed measurement technology to address both of these problems.


VivoPlex fertility treatment tech gets £3.9m funding boost

Karen David | Finance | Healthcare | Biotech | Aug 27th 2020

Fertility treatment technology firm VivoPlex has raised £3.9 million to develop its intra-uterine biosensor.


Oxford firm ‘transforming personalised medicine’ wins $1 million Female Founders award 

Karen David | Healthcare | Biotech | AI | Aug 11th 2020

An Oxford firm that could hold the key to treating Alzheimer’s disease is one of four winning $1 million in the Microsoft-led Female Founders investment contest


OrthoSon’s ‘surgery down a needle’ ultrasound treatment for back pain gets funding boost

Karen David | Healthcare | Biotech | Aug 3rd 2020

Sufferers of severe back pain are closer to receiving a new type of less invasive, ultrasound-based treatment, as OrthoSon receives extra funding.


Oxford firm uses AI to accelerate drug development 

Michael Milad | Pharma | Biotech | AI | Jul 24th 2020

Drug discovery could be about to benefit from a new realm of AI being applied to the drug development process. Oxford-based Exscientia is making major inroads.


Covid-19: Oxford Vaccine Trial makes landmark step towards vaccine against coronavirus

Karen David | Pharma | Healthcare | Medical | Covid-19 | Jul 23rd 2020

The Oxford University-led coronavirus vaccine trial passed two important hurdles this week: whether the vaccine will be safe to use and whether it induces good immune results.


App designed by caregivers combats loneliness in care homes

Phoebe Sloper | IT | Healthcare | Covid-19 | Jul 6th 2020

Social distancing has accelerated the use of remote communications across healthcare, and myo's mobile app addresses isolation by helping caregivers to connect with their residents’ families.


Oxford’s digihealth innovators rising to the Covid-19 challenge

Rhiannon Lassiter | Healthcare | Social Care | Comms | SaaS | AI | Covid-19 | Jun 22nd 2020

Oxford’s digital transformation catalyst for health, TheHill, prides itself on supporting healthcare providers in getting innovative products to where they can help the most. TechTribe Oxford looks at some of those finding ways to meet the demands of Covid-19.


Oxford eco-laundry service pivots to support health professionals in Covid-19 pandemic

Karen David | Healthcare | Sustainability | OxfordshireGreentech | Covid-19 | Jun 1st 2020

The Oxford Vaccine Group, working with the Jenner Institute on the Covid-19 trials, is using laundry services by Oxwash, the eco-friendly start-up.


Covid-19: As Oxford vaccine trials start, experts look ahead to manufacturing at scale

Antony David | Healthcare | Medical | Covid-19 | Apr 28th 2020

Starting on 23 April, over a thousand volunteers will receive a Covid-19 candidate vaccine in trials led by Prof Sarah Gilbert at Oxford's Jenner Institute.


BOOK REVIEW: The Idea of the Brain by Matthew Cobb

Antony David | Book review | May 14th 2020

Matthew Cobb’s book charts the history of efforts to understand the brain and brings us up to date with the latest developments in neuroscience.


Covid-19: OxVent’s rapidly built ventilator moves to the testing stage

Karen David | Healthcare | Medical | Manufacturing | Covid-19 | Apr 15th 2020

The OxVent ventilator for Covid-19 patients, developed in just two weeks in March by engineers and medics in Oxford and London, is being tested for safety and usability at the Smith+Nephew medical manufacturing facility in Hull.


Covid-19: Biotech firm offers AI based drug discovery platform in efforts to tackle virus

Gill Oliver | Pharma | Healthcare | Biotech | Medical | AI | Covid-19 | Mar 25th 2020

Oxford biotech company e-therapeutics is offering its powerful network-biology-and AI-based drug discovery platform to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.


AI speeds up identification of the role of colon cancer gene functions

Karen David | Healthcare | Biotech | AI | Mar 16th 2020

Researchers in Oxford and Zurich have used artificial intelligence (AI) and computer visualisation technology to detect changes in colon cancer cells that could be connected to the ‘expression’ of some smell-sensing genes.


Biotech startup is developing drug discovery programmes in kidney disease and cancer

Gill Oliver | Healthcare | Biotech | Medical | Investment | Feb 19th 2020

Using its proprietary tech, a biotech company has discovered antibodies leading to the development of drug discovery programmes in kidney disease and cancer.


Network profile: TheHill digital health community

Antony David | Healthcare | Network profile | Aug 23rd 2019

TheHill is a digital health innovation community, a cluster, network and incubator/accelerator programme working in Oxford with NHS Trusts, universities, digital developers, innovators and investors to catalyse commercial and impactful technological solutions in healthcare. 

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22 Sep 2020

UX Oxford: Leading through Covid-19 Rebecca Kemp, Director of Customer Journey at Citizens Advice , leads the customer journey team, which designs services and products for 25 million users a year. She explains how her team is using agile to respond to coronavirus, at a time when use of its digital advice has increased dramatically and the team has moved to working remotely. 7.30pm Details


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Canva Tips and Tricks If you could do with some help using Canva, Thames Valley Tech &. Digital Community uses the creative platform to produce most marketing material. Louize Clarke shares her experience with advice and guidance in an interactive session, so bring along questions. 10am. Details here.

23 Sep 2020

ScreenTalk Oxfordshire: What next – is animation the answer? This introduction for newcomers to the animation sector and commercial update for those already involved is chaired by producer David Marlow and includes He Sun, head of Rebellion Studios VFX, with credits including Maleficent, Lion King and Mandalorian, to cover animation in live-action VFX, including virtual production technology. Speakers also include Disney animator Gary Andrews, Aidan Coughlan of SAE and Vanessa Chapman, former ITV head of children’s television. 7pm online. Details

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