13 March 2023 | Muriel Cozier

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From the latest health updates on a new Covid19 variant identified in the UK to the Canadian government's investment in a pandemic preparedness hub, and new natural emollient in the skincare market, here are today's top news stories from the world of health, energy, policy, and innovation.


In health news, the Canadian government is investing C$2 million to establish a pandemic preparedness hub. Meanwhile, Clarient has launched a new natural emollient tailored for skin care, described as 100% natural and readily biodegradable. And in Covid19 news, a new variant called XBB.1.5 has been identified in the UK, which has also been increasing in the US in recent months.


In energy news, Unipar has selected PlugPower to design its electrolyser which will be used to produce green hydrogen by 2026. The CBI has also welcomed news that the UK Chancellor is pledging a green energy reset, with finance available for carbon capture.


Moving on to policy, the UK government has responded to a House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report titled ‘Science and Technology Super Power’: more than just a slogan.


Finally, in innovation news, Australia’s science agency CSIRO has launched an online program to help SMEs in the energy sector with their research, product development, and innovation ambitions. And SMEs benefiting from a ‘localisation’ initiative established by Sabic will now be able to receive financing and other support from two local banks.

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