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US company signs option with DCU on cancer treatment

    US company signs option with DCU on cancer treatment

US company Vaccinogen has signed an agreement with Dublin City University giving the firm a two-year option on acquiring a biotechnology analysis platform called DiCast, under undisclosed terms. The company

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Minister Bruton announces new AbbVie and Science Foundation Ireland investment of €10 million in two new research collaborations

    Minister Bruton announces new AbbVie and Science Foundation Ireland investment of €10 million in two new research collaborations

At the Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle on Saturday, Minister for Jobs Mr Richard Bruton announced a joint investment of €10 million by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise

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17 Irish-based researchers bank €2m in IRC funding

    17 Irish-based researchers bank €2m in IRC funding

It seems the funding just keeps coming for Irish researchers as 17 researchers based in Ireland have been awarded a total of €2m through the Irish Research Council (IRC) to

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EMC and UCC invest in Boole Business Labs

    EMC and UCC invest in Boole Business Labs

It was announced last Friday that EMC, the US IT multinational and University College Cork (UCC) has officially launched the Boole Business Labs. The Boole Business Labs is Europe’s first

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130 pharma jobs in Dublin and Cork with Pfizer investment

    130 pharma jobs in Dublin and Cork with Pfizer investment

Pfizer is bringing 130 new jobs to sites across Dublin and Cork, which will bring its total employee base in the country to well over 3,300. With manufacturing sites at

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BBSRC and SFI launch new collaborative research funding opportunities

    BBSRC and SFI launch new collaborative research funding opportunities

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Science Foundation Ireland Joint Funding of Research call was officially launched last Friday by Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General Science Foundation

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140 science jobs in Dublin as Grifols invests €90m in new facility

    140 science jobs in Dublin as Grifols invests €90m in new facility

Grifols is investing around €90m in a new operations facility in Dublin, bringing 140 jobs to the region. The facility, situated in Grange Castle Business Park, will ‘come on stream’

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UCD and Trinity discovery could make cancer studies crystal clear

    UCD and Trinity discovery could make cancer studies crystal clear

Researchers in UCD and Trinity have helped develop a new crystal-focused scientific technique for viewing the early stages of DNA ‘oxidation’, the precursor to DNA damage, mutations and cancer. Along

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Irish scientist wins Nobel Prize for Medicine

    Irish scientist wins Nobel Prize for Medicine

William C Campbell, who was born in Ramelton, Co Donegal, and colleague Satoshi Omura (Japan) were jointly awarded, on Tuesday, half the prize for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy

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UCC student’s ‘smart needle’ beats seaweed treatment to TIDA award

    UCC student’s ‘smart needle’ beats seaweed treatment to TIDA award

Lisa Helen, PhD Researcher from Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork took the top prize at the Science Foundation Ireland Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA) Pitch Off last night

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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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Ireland invests €5m in Connected Health Technology Centre

    Ireland invests €5m in Connected Health Technology Centre

     The Irish Government is investing €5m in the Applied Research for Connected Health (ARCH) Technology Centre to transform how healthcare services are delivered in the country. ARCH is

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Dominic Carolan to take over as chief executive of Nibrt

    Dominic Carolan to take over as chief executive of Nibrt

The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (Nibrt) said today that Dominic Carolan is to succeed Dr Reg Shaw as its CEO. Shaw has led the centre for the

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LEADING IRISH MICROBIOME RESEARCH INSTITUTE PARTNERS WITH SAN-FRANCISCO BASED SECOND GENOME

    LEADING IRISH MICROBIOME RESEARCH INSTITUTE PARTNERS WITH SAN-FRANCISCO BASED SECOND GENOME

Teams from the APC Microbiome Institute at University College Cork and Second Genome to Develop Microbiome-based Therapies for Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease”  Second Genome Inc., a leader in the

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Horizon Prize for ‘better use of antibiotics’ has been launched!

    Horizon Prize for ‘better use of antibiotics’ has been launched!

This €1 million prize addresses the issue of the unnecessary use of antibiotics, which is contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. The challenge is to develop a rapid

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TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY TO ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION BETWEEN CORK’S APC MICROBIOME INSTITUTE AND JOHNSON & JOHNSON INNOVATION

    TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY TO ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION BETWEEN CORK’S APC MICROBIOME INSTITUTE AND JOHNSON & JOHNSON INNOVATION

A unique partnership to explore the use of viruses in the gut as potential therapeutics The Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Mr. Enda Kenny will formally announce an exciting new research alliance

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Inflection Biosciences Raises €725,000 in Second Financing Round

    Inflection Biosciences Raises €725,000 in Second Financing Round

Dublin, Ireland, March 9, 2015 – Inflection Biosciences Ltd, a private company developing highly innovative treatments for cancer, today announced the closing of a second equity fundraising totalling €725,000 from

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Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and Inflection Biosciences Collaborate on a New Cancer Treatment

    Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and Inflection Biosciences Collaborate on a New Cancer Treatment

Dublin, Ireland, February 9, 2015 – Inflection Biosciences Ltd, a private company developing highly innovative treatments for cancer, today announced a collaboration with the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) on

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Launch of world first bone repair technology marks successful first year for AMBER

    Launch of world first bone repair technology marks successful first year for AMBER

At its Industry Day to celebrate its first year in operation, AMBER unveils new technology that helps injured racehorse return to winning ways Dublin, 20th January 2015 – AMBER, the

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The number of companies seeking Irish research increased 15pc in 2013

    The number of companies seeking Irish research increased 15pc in 2013

Companies are turning to Irish research organisations to tap their knowledge for commercial endeavours at a rate 15pc higher in 2013 over the previous year. The report undertaken by Knowledge Transfer Ireland

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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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IRC to award €16.8m in scholarships to post-grad students

    IRC to award €16.8m in scholarships to post-grad students

The Irish Research Council (IRC) will offer €16.8m over four years to post-graduate students as part of this year’s post-graduate

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Nobel prize for chemistry awarded for discovery of nanoscopy

    Nobel prize for chemistry awarded for discovery of nanoscopy

Eric Betzig, Stefan W Hell and William E Moerner have been awarded the 2014 Nobel prize in chemistry for their

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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

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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

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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,

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Limerick student’s life-saving technology wins €2,500 James Dyson Award

    Limerick student’s life-saving technology wins €2,500 James Dyson Award

A new feeding system designed by a Limerick student after witnessing his cousin struggle with feeding tubes after her birth

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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

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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

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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

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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

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World’s first brain to brain message sent

    World’s first brain to brain message sent

Scientists have been able to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact between the

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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

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ReelLIFE SCIENCE competition seeks student-made videos

    ReelLIFE SCIENCE competition seeks student-made videos

NUI Galway is challenging primary and secondary school students across Ireland to create videos on science topics for the ReelLIFE

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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

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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

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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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Six of top 10 World’s Most Innovative Companies 2014 have Irish presence

    Six of top 10 World’s Most Innovative Companies 2014 have Irish presence

Six of the top 10 companies on Forbes magazine’s list of The World’s Most Innovative Companies 2014 have Irish operations,

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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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BT Young Scientist winners selected as Google Science Fair Global finalists

    BT Young Scientist winners selected as Google Science Fair Global finalists

The 2014 Google Science Fair Global finalists have been announced and, among the 15 projects selected from teenagers around 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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€75k aid available to help schools compete in 2015 BT Young Scientist event

    €75k aid available to help schools compete in 2015 BT Young Scientist event

BT has again created a €75,000 accommodation grant to help regional schools around Ireland to compete in the 2015 BT

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WIT to recruit 17 PhD scholars to spearhead new research

    WIT to recruit 17 PhD scholars to spearhead new research

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is recruiting 17 PhD scholars across a range of disciplines as part of its prioritisation

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SFI reports largest govt/industry collaboration yet – €300m in seven research centres

    SFI reports largest govt/industry collaboration yet – €300m in seven research centres

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has delivered what it says it the largest govt/industry collaboration yet – seven research centres in

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Irish start-up Inform Bioscience signs licence agreement with Mayo Clinic

    Irish start-up Inform Bioscience signs licence agreement with Mayo Clinic

Irish biotech start-up Inform Bioscience has signed a licence agreement with the Mayo Clinic in the US to acquire biomarkers

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