22 May 2023 | Muriel Cozier

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In today's Daily Digest, funding for antimicrobial resistance research, biotechnology-derived squalene, and more.


Strengthening its product offering in the fast growing batteries and electronics market, Arkema has acquired Polytec PT, a company that develops thermal interface materials for batteries and engineering adhesives for the electronics market.


A study led by Australia’s CSIRO indicates that micro and nanoplastics are pervasive in our food supply and may be affecting food safety and security on a global scale.

The UK government is providing £39 million in funding for research into antimicrobial resistance through the Global AMR Innovation Fund. The funding includes up to 25 million for the early development of new antibiotics, vaccines and diagnostics to combat drug resistant infections.

Croda has signed an exclusive licence agreement with Amyris for the supply of biotechnology-derived pharmaceutical grade squalene, used in adjuvants. Squalene is commonly source from sharks' liver. Croda has also established a partnership with Botanical Solutions Inc (BSI) to produce sustainable pharmaceutical grade QS-21 vaccine adjuvant. This product is derived from plant tissue culture rather than by harvesting mature soapbark trees (Quillaja saponaria).

Other news

The Battery Show Europe will be taking place in Germany 23 to 25 May. Lanxess will be at the event showcasing its portfolio for batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles. The event is said to the Europe’s largest trade fair for technology and production processes in the battery sector.

MPs Stephen Metcalfe and Carol Monaghan from the House of Commons Science, Innovation and Technology Select Committee visited the laboratories of UCL to learn more on the innovative approaches to tackling antimicrobial resistance.

A report produced by a number of organisations including Universities UK International, indicates that the economic benefit of international students to the UK rose from £31.3 billion in 2018/2019 to £41.9 billion in 2021/22. Every 11 non-EU students generate £1 million worth of net economic impact for the UK economy, the study says.

The UK government has said that it is aiming to ‘mobilise’ £40 billion of financing by the end of 2027 to help get the Sustainable Development Goals back on track.

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