World’s first “hands-free” drug discovery lab to be created in the UK

UK government has announced a new project to develop the world’s first fully-automated drug discovery facility with the aim to accelerate the production of new medicines and “transform” the pharma industry. Business Secretary, Greg Clark, stated that the venture, which is based at the government-funded research facility the Rosalind Franklin Institute in Harwell, Oxfordshire, will

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Government hopes new centre, Catapult, will put UK in the lead for cell and gene therapy

The forward-looking strategy by the government is set for success, providing it can translate its drug development and manufacturing lead into final local market access via the NHS. The strategy is aimed at learning lessons from previous decades, where the UK failed to convert ground-breaking scientific innovation into marketable products ahead of other nations. Keith

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