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In today's Daily Digest, funding for businesses working in technological innovation in the horticultural sector, a call for more action ad greater urgency on the reduction of methane leakage, and more.
The UK government has launched four new hubs that will be used to ‘address the challenges of vaccine manufacturing and delivery in developing countries.’ The hubs, located in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, will be led by Imperial College London, University College London, University of Oxford, and University of Sheffield, working with experts in these regions.
The UK government’s Pharmaceuticals In the Environment Group (PIE) held its fifth meeting to continue its discussion on levels of imidacloprid and fipronil in UK surface waters. The group considered system process mapping to understand the current evidence, as well as regulatory and non-regulatory tools available to inform to inform future activities and strategies.
Phase two of the UK’s Biomanufacturing Fund has been opened for Expressions of Interest, which must be submitted by 17 November. The fund supports commercial scale vaccines and biotherapeutics manufacturing projects that will improve the UK’s health resilience for future pandemics.
Wellcome has published an analysis on how AI has the power to reshape science and health and discusses the benefits and pitfalls of the technology.
Following the publication of the EU’s position on COP28 the European Academies Science Advisory Council is calling for more action and greater urgency on the reduction of methane leakage. EASAC said the EU negotiating position on methane ‘lacks focus’.
The UK government is providing research grant funding for businesses working in technological innovation and the UK horticultural, forestry, agricultural growers, importers and plants, and plant products export sectors. Businesses can apply for a share of £800 000, to devise new solutions and technologies to increase UK biosecurity and protect it from regulated plant diseases and pests.
According to the latest World Intellectual Property Indicators Report ‘global patenting activity soared to new records in 2022 fuelled by Indian and Chinese innovators, but an uncertain economic outlook is weighing on further growth.’