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LATEST NEWS

Update from the Operations Director, Professor Mike Raxworthy

September was a busy month – we attended the MEIBioeng 2016 meeting in Oxford and the inaugural UKRMP conference in London.  IKC colleagues also attended and exhibited at Trauma Innovation 2016 in Birmingham and I was pleased to be at the BioCap dinner at Alderley Park at the end of the month.  October will be more home-based as attention is turned to kicking off all the recently awarded Proof of Concept projects and launching a new call for Translational PoC awards.

Members of the Regener8 community will  be saddened to learn of the death of Richard Archer in late September.  Please see the item below for a brief appreciation of Richard’s contribution to our field.

Top news for the Regener8 community

Regenerative Devices Industry Partnership Call now open

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Medical technology companies working in Regenerative Devices and Medical Devices with Enhanced Regenerative Functions are being urged to co-develop new translational research proposals with academia for a newly launched funding call by the Medical Technologies IKC.  Grants of up to £100,000 are available for successful collaborative proposals.

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Call for posters: IKC and Regener8 Conference 2017

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Show how your project in regenerative devices research improves patient lives and supports a growing sector at the IKC and Regener8 Annual Conference 2017.

The IKC and Regener8 Annual Conference is accepting poster presentation proposals that cover all areas of regenerative devices development, including enabling and companion technologies, for their 10th Annual Conference to be held on 23 June 2017.

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MeDe Innovation Fourth Annual Conference, Bradford (19 January 2017)
The MeDe Innovation Annual Conference will bring together its network of academics, industrialists, clinicians and regulatory body representatives to review the latest developments in the manufacture of medical devices for musculoskeletal disease.

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Medical Technologies IKC and Regener8 Annual Conference, Leeds (23 June 2017)
Save the date: 23 June 2017
Regener8 and the Medical Technologies IKC are to host a one-day conference, focussing on best practice in translating regenerative devices – a potential £1bn industry in the UK.

A conference programme will be announced in 2017

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Technology and Company News:

Videregen's Lead Product Granted EU Orphan Drug Status

Videregen Limited, a clinical stage regenerative medicine company developing personalised organ replacements, has been awarded European orphan medicinal product status for its lead tissue-engineered replacement trachea product. The designation, for severe tracheal stenosis (narrowing of the windpipe), is an important recognition by the European Medicines Agency of the potential of the replacement trachea in the treatment of this life-limiting rare disease. 

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Regenerative approaches to facial and plastic reconstructive surgery
A recent review in JAMA (Miller et al JAMA Facial Plast Surg.2016;18(5):391-394. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2016.0913  - see abstract) concluded that “perhaps the biggest advances in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery ... will be the result of regenerative medicine techniques”.  Among other developments reviewed, the authors considered the role of synthetic scaffolds (with or without cells or growth factors) in regeneration strategies.  Critical challenges in facial skin wound healing were also the subject of an Editorial in Regenerative Medicine (Regen. Med (2014) 9(3), 245-248 – see abstract).  These authors noted the contribution of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to facial injury and discussed the “Biomask” concept for wound management developed by a team at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research.  The concept involves surface scanning the injured face, applying a custom-made collagen-based neodermal matrix and use of a customised face VAC (Vacuum- Assisted Closure) device to optimise graft take.

New Tendon Repair Review 

A collaboration involving UEA, Neotherix and the University of Leeds has published a review on “A Clinical, Biological, and Biomaterials Perspective into Tendon Injuries and Regeneration”.  The review by Walden et al (Tissue Engineering Part B: Reviews. September 2016, ahead of print. doi:10.1089/ten.teb.2016.0181) considers the means of stimulating the body's own repair system to produce de novo tissue through the use of cells, proteins, and genes delivered by a biomaterial scaffold.

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Bioprosthetics Market Size To Reach $6.41 Billion By 2024

Recent analysis by Transparency Research and Grand View Research have highlighted the growth expected in the bioprosthetics market (ie material obtained from human or other species for clinical implantation).  Key sectors are plastic surgery and wound healing (CAGR of 11%) and cardiovascular (CAGR of 10%).  Key players include Life Cell Corporation, Edwards Lifesciences, St Jude Medical and Medtronic.  See http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3082194 and https://www.grandviewresearch.com/press-release/global-bioprosthetics-market for report summaries.

Reinnervate, ReproCELL and Biopta

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Regener8 member Reinnervate (which developed the Alvetex range of 3D cell culture systems) was acquired by Japanese company ReproCELL in 2014 and with the UK CRO Biopta (acquired in 2015), will now operate as ReproCELL Europe (www.reprocell-europe.com), based at NETPark Sedgefield and Glasgow.

Community News:

Richard Archer

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Richard Archer who will be known to many died suddenly on 25 September.  Richard was an engineer who became founder and CEO of The Automation Partnership (now TAP Biosystems) which developed the market for automation systems for sample management and cell culture/manufacturing applications in the life science industry. More recently he was involved in numerous initiatives (including the UK Biobank) and was the first Chairman of the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult Advisory Committee. He was also Chair of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine. Richard was always great fun to be with and was always generous with his advice and will be sadly missed.

South Tees Bio-Incubator officially launched

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The South Tees Bio-Incubator was opened at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough on 9 August.  The incubator is a partnership between the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) and will provide access to specialist facilities, expert advice and shared laboratory space for companies in the bio-medical sector. 

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BIA’s Directory to help grow the next generation of leadership and management talent for the UK Life Sciences sector

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The BIA has produced a directory of training and mentoring schemes to help the UK Life Sciences industry grow the leadership and management talent identified as a key requirement for growth over the next 10 years.

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Funding:

New funding to support cutting-edge technology announced by the Chancellor

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Philip Hammond has unveiled a package of support which includes £220 million for the life science and university sectors to help technology breakthroughs translate into commercial success, as well as action to ensure disruptive businesses thrive in the UK.

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Innovation in Health and Life Sciences  

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Innovate UK is investing up to £15 million in projects addressing technical or commercial challenges in health and life sciences (H&LS). The aim is to increase competitiveness for UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The H&LS sector focuses on agriculture, food and healthcare. It is supported by bioscience technology, medical research and engineering and physical sciences expertise.

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Information on key funding calls was also made available in our Funding Digest of 23 September.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Innovate 2016, Manchester Central Convention Complex (2-3 November 2016)

Registration for this conference which takes place in Manchester on 2-3 November is currently open.  Sessions include Next Generation Medicine: the UK as a World Leader and Emerging Technologies Revolutionising Innovation.

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Venturefest Yorkshire, York Racecourse (16 November 2016)

Our Operations Director, Mike Raxworthy will be chairing a session on innovation in the biosciences and the IKC team will be exhibiting alongside Translate. The event takes place in York on 16 November.

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UK Healthtech 2016, MediWales (Cardiff 6 December 2016)

This is a day of briefings and networking for the life science and health technology communities and clinicians working in the NHS.  Keynote speakers include John Wilkinson (Director of Devices, MHRA) and there will be sessions on MedTech and Diagnostics and on the future of digital health.  The event takes place in Cardiff on 6 December 2016. 

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To view our previous newsletters visit the Regener8 website


Do you have any news you would like to highlight to the Regener8 community?  We're keen to hear of your company/institute achievements, any funding calls, industry/sector news - please send details to David Moore (d.j.moore@leeds.ac.uk






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