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Nexvet Secures Biomanufacturing Facility in Tullamore

    Nexvet Secures Biomanufacturing Facility in Tullamore

Tullamore, Ireland – September 16th 2015. Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English today announced that Nexvet Biopharma (Nasdaq: NVET), a veterinary biologics developer, has secured a dedicated biologics

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€5 million Connected Health Centre opened at UCD

    €5 million Connected Health Centre opened at UCD

Healthcare services in Ireland could be transformed as a result of research conducted at the new Connected Health Technology Centrelaunched recently by Richard Bruton T.D. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and

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9 start-ups to prove Cork is home to a new biotech revolution

    9 start-ups to prove Cork is home to a new biotech revolution

It is being heralded as one of the biggest shake-ups to science and innovation in our time, and this week nine biotech start-ups taking part in the IndieBio accelerator will

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SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership

    SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership

The Wellcome Trust awards Centre status to programmes that they expect to catalyse and enable world-leading research and innovation in fields that are central to the Trust’s mission. The Trust

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Cancer Care West to extend support for patients and families

    Cancer Care West to extend support for patients and families

Service provides assistance for people undergoing cancer treatment   Community-based charity Cancer Care West is to extend support for cancer patients and their families across four western counties from next

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HSE to have ‘limited scope’ for new investment in 2015

    HSE to have ‘limited scope’ for new investment in 2015

Health body to maintain current service level with little room for ‘new developments’   The health budget for next year will allow the HSE to maintain current levels of services in 2015

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Polio vaccine discoverer Dr Jonas Salk’s 100th birthday marked by Google

    Polio vaccine discoverer Dr Jonas Salk’s 100th birthday marked by Google

Google has marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr Jonas Salk, an American virologist who discovered and developed the first successful inactivated polio vaccine, with a new doodle.

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MIT report warns Mars One hopefuls that death would come quickly

    MIT report warns Mars One hopefuls that death would come quickly

For the 1,058 remaining Mars hopefuls, worrying news came for their chances of short-term survival after MIT published a detailed scientific report showing how they’ll likely die within two months.

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Frozen faecal matter no longer a tough pill to swallow

    Frozen faecal matter no longer a tough pill to swallow

Often used as a treatment for bacterial infections in the intestines, faecal matter, or poo to you and me, is to be frozen and put in pills to make it

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Scientists are closer than ever to curing type 1 diabetes

    Scientists are closer than ever to curing type 1 diabetes

A team of researchers from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute have made a giant leap towards establishing effective treatment for type 1 diabetes. The team of stem cell researchers led

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Amputees get sensation from prosthetic hand

    Amputees get sensation from prosthetic hand

Even before he lost his right hand to an industrial accident 4 years ago, Igor Spetic had family open his medicine bottles. Cotton balls give him goose bumps. Now, blindfolded

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NASA looking at induced hibernation for travel to Mars

    NASA looking at induced hibernation for travel to Mars

In a bid to bring astronauts to Mars who could last the months-long journey, US space agency NASA is looking at possible ways of inducing a coma-like state through extreme

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Surgeons save two-week-old infant with aid of 3D printed heart

    Surgeons save two-week-old infant with aid of 3D printed heart

In what is reminiscent of an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, surgeons at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York City have 3D printed a heart and saved the life of

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Mantis shrimp eyes inspiring new cancer-detecting cameras

    Mantis shrimp eyes inspiring new cancer-detecting cameras

Researchers at the University of Queensland have pulled unlikely inspiration in their ground-breaking work developing advanced new cameras that can detect cancer. Mantis shrimps have influenced designs as the marine crustaceans’ eyes can

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Bacterial ‘communication system’ could be used to stop the spread of cancer cells

    Bacterial ‘communication system’ could be used to stop the spread of cancer cells

Cancer, while always dangerous, truly becomes life-threatening when cancer cells begin to spread to different areas throughout the body. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered that a

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Irish Government invest €5m in new pharma manufacturing tech centre

    Irish Government invest €5m in new pharma manufacturing tech centre

Ireland’s Government is to invest €5m over the next five years in a new Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) that will be headquartered at the University of Limerick. Damien English,

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Researchers developing pitch-side concussion detector

    Researchers developing pitch-side concussion detector

Researchers in the UK are attempting to obtain a better understanding of sports-related concussions by developing a detector that could be administered to an injured player beside the pitch. The

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Scientists reveal body’s infection fighters chatter a lot

    Scientists reveal body’s infection fighters chatter a lot

The best defense is a good offense, especially when it comes to the immune system. The troops that respond to an infection are split into two squadrons, and, until recently,

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Rapid and durable protection against Ebola virus with new vaccine regimens

    Rapid and durable protection against Ebola virus with new vaccine regimens

One shot of an experimental vaccine made from two Ebola virus gene segments incorporated into a chimpanzee cold virus vector (called chimp adenovirus type 3 or ChAd3) protected all four

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UCC scientists developing multi-use vaccine patch

    UCC scientists developing multi-use vaccine patch

Scientists from University College Cork (UCC) have developed a micro-needle patch that lowers the amount of vaccine needed for the treatment of malaria and could potentially be used on other

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Galway based firm to develop “Life saving” drones

    Galway based firm to develop “Life saving” drones

A Galway couple’s start-up has developed technology that will transform aerial drones from weapons of war into life-saving devices that can pinpoint victims by identifying their mobile signals in disaster

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Fever’s origin discovered by researchers

    Fever’s origin discovered by researchers

Fever is a response to inflammation, and is triggered by an onset of the signaling substance prostaglandin. Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden can now see precisely where these substances

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Scientists grow an organ in an animal from cells created in lab

    Scientists grow an organ in an animal from cells created in lab

Laboratory-grown replacement organs have moved a step closer with the completion of a new study. Scientists have grown a fully functional organ from transplanted laboratory-created cells in a living animal

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UCC team develops medical device alternative to open-heart surgery

    UCC team develops medical device alternative to open-heart surgery

The University College Cork (UCC) Centre for Research in Vascular Biology has developed a medical device that promotes the bypass

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Laser device may end pin pricks and improve quality of life for diabetics

    Laser device may end pin pricks and improve quality of life for diabetics

Princeton University researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people’s blood sugar, and, with more work

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Researchers from Sweden, Ireland and the USA believe fluorine formed in the stars

    Researchers from Sweden, Ireland and the USA believe fluorine formed in the stars

The fluorine that is found in products such as toothpaste was likely formed billions of years ago in now dead

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Severing nerves may shrink stomach cancers: Botox injections slow growth of stomach tumors in mice

    Severing nerves may shrink stomach cancers: Botox injections slow growth of stomach tumors in mice

Research from ColumbiaUniversityMedicalCenter shows that nerves may play a critical role in stomach cancer growth and that blocking nerve signals

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New research suggests rubber bands could monitor health issues

    New research suggests rubber bands could monitor health issues

Ordinary rubber bands could be transformed into wearable sensors for monitoring blood pressure, joint movement and blood glucose, as a

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Scientists in Belfast develop new gel to fight superbugs

    Scientists in Belfast develop new gel to fight superbugs

Scientists in Northern Ireland claim they have made a significant advance in the fight against hospital superbugs, including those most

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Sligo-based engineer looks to improve manufacturing for medical implants

    Sligo-based engineer looks to improve manufacturing for medical implants

Dr Marion McAfee is looking to monitor and improve the manufacture of materials for devices that the body can resorb

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Michael J Fox Foundation and Intel to develop wearable Parkinson’s sensor

    Michael J Fox Foundation and Intel to develop wearable Parkinson’s sensor

The Michael J Fox Foundation and Intel are to work together to develop a wearable sensor that could track the

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Irish researcher to showcase medical support app at TEDMED

    Irish researcher to showcase medical support app at TEDMED

Siobhán O’Connor is going to TEDMED to spread the word about the Supporting LIFE app being developed through an Irish-led

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Go headless with the new VersaCool Refrigerated Circulating Bath

    Go headless with the new VersaCool Refrigerated Circulating Bath

We didn’t set out to design the world’s most innovative circulating refrigerated bath. We simply set out to solve the

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New Silbrade Medical Silicone Tubing

    New Silbrade Medical Silicone Tubing

SILBRADE MEDICAL’s construction consists of a core of silicone elastomer, an open polyester braid reinforcing layer, and a cover layer

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Breast cancer drug hope from leukaemia research

    Breast cancer drug hope from leukaemia research

Leukaemia research may lead to new drugs for difficult-to-treat breast cancers, say scientists. These types of tumours cannot be treated

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Watching too much TV may increase risk of early death: Three hours a day linked to premature death from any cause

    Watching too much TV may increase risk of early death: Three hours a day linked to premature death from any cause

Adults who watch TV for three hours or more each day may double their risk of premature death compared to

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Scientists Develop Self-Powered Pacemakers

    Scientists Develop Self-Powered Pacemakers

As the number of pacemakers implanted each year reaches into the millions worldwide, improving the lifespan of pacemaker batteries has

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Promising discovery in fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    Promising discovery in fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have identified a small molecule that prevents bacteria from forming into bio-films, a

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All change as researchers find new meanings in our genetic code

    All change as researchers find new meanings in our genetic code

 In the Lewis Carroll classic, Through the Looking Glass, Humpty Dumpty states, “When I use a word, it means just what I choose

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Harmful bacteria can linger on airplane seats and armrests for days

    Harmful bacteria can linger on airplane seats and armrests for days

Disease-causing bacteria can linger on surfaces commonly found in airplane cabins for days, even up to a week, according to

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E-cigarettes expose people to more than harmless vapor, should be regulated

    E-cigarettes expose people to more than harmless vapor, should be regulated

In a major scientific review of research on e-cigarettes, UC San Francisco scientists found that industry claims about the devices

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Research shows zebra markings act like bug repellent

    Research shows zebra markings act like bug repellent

Scientists say they’ve uncovered one reason zebras have stripes: they act like insect repellant, keeping away blood-sucking flies. Experimental work

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New implanted devices may reshape medicine: Researchers create transistors that wrap around tissues

    New implanted devices may reshape medicine: Researchers create transistors that wrap around tissues

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Tokyo have created electronic devices that become soft

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Scientists develop ultra-fast bionic arm.

    Scientists develop ultra-fast bionic arm.

With its palm open, the robot is completely motionless. A split second later, it suddenly unwinds and catches all sorts

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Frequent arguments linked to doubling of death risk in middle age

    Frequent arguments linked to doubling of death risk in middle age

Frequent arguments with partners, relatives, or neighbours may boost the risk of death from any cause in middle age, suggests

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Free radicals: What doesn’t kill you may make you live longer

    Free radicals: What doesn’t kill you may make you live longer

What is the secret to ageing more slowly and living longer? Not antioxidants, apparently. “people believe that free radicals, the

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Disappointing first quarter sales overshadow Pfizer’s pursuit of AstraZeneca

    Disappointing first quarter sales overshadow Pfizer’s pursuit of AstraZeneca

Pfizer has reported quarterly revenue well below Wall Street expectations on falling sales of key brands and generic drugs. The

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Pharmaceutical firm creating 50 jobs in Dublin

    Pharmaceutical firm creating 50 jobs in Dublin

BioMarin Manufacturing Ireland, a subsidiary of BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., is to add the positions at its Dublin Global Commercial Operations

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Pfizer opens $30m lab at Ringaskiddy

    Pfizer opens $30m lab at Ringaskiddy

  Pfizer has opened a new $30 million unit at its Ringaskiddy facility. The New Product Technology Laboratory will allow the Cork plant

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Origin of Huntington’s disease found in brain; insights to help deliver therapy

    Origin of Huntington’s disease found in brain; insights to help deliver therapy

The gene mutation that causes Huntington’s disease appears in every cell in the body, yet kills only two types of

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Study finds, drinking more coffee may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes

    Study finds, drinking more coffee may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes

New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that increasing coffee consumption by

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5 Healthy habits that reduce dementia risk

    5 Healthy habits that reduce dementia risk

There are five healthy behaviours that appear to significantly reduce the risk of dementia, according to a 35-year study that

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‘Spaceship’ viruses that can kill e.coli in food

    ‘Spaceship’ viruses that can kill e.coli in food

Treating food products with select bacteriophages—viruses that target and kill bacteria—could significantly reduce concentrations of E. coli, a new study shows.

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Novartis transforms drug business via deals with GSK and Eli Lilly

    Novartis transforms drug business via deals with GSK and Eli Lilly

Swiss drug-maker Novartis is transforming its business by exchanging certain assets with GlaxoSmithKline and divesting its animal health business to

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New €7.5m Cancer Research Fund Established

    New €7.5m Cancer Research Fund Established

  Monday 7th April: The Irish Cancer Society and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) have today announced a partnership that aims

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Clinical Trials Group Venn Buys Synthetic Skin Technology

    Clinical Trials Group Venn Buys Synthetic Skin Technology

Clinical research group Venn Life Sciences has moved to address an EU ban on cosmetic and skincare products tested on

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New Study to Investigate Benefits of Online Treatment of Anxiety and Depression

    New Study to Investigate Benefits of Online Treatment of Anxiety and Depression

The Trinity College Dublin (TCD) School of Psychology has begun the search for participants in a trial to see whether

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Irish Firm Invents ‘Cool Brain’ Device That Could Save Lives

    Irish Firm Invents ‘Cool Brain’ Device That Could Save Lives

A Louth-based firm in collaboration with researchers from Trinity College Dublin has invented a ‘Cool Brain’ device designed to cool

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