7th January 2019
Bloomsbury SET Innovation Fellows appointed
Three Innovation Fellows from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have accepted substantial support from The Bloomsbury SET, fulfilling their ambitions to turn their ideas into reality in the fight against some of the world’s most threatening infectious diseases.
The three Innovation Fellows will be closely supported in developing their skills in technology transfer and knowledge exchange, as a key part of the programme funded by Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund (CCF). The focus of the Innovation Fellowships is on diagnostics, the two-year awards are:
- £302,878 awarded to Dr Laura Buggiotti at the RVC for her project “Mining RNA unmapped reads: developing a fast diagnostic tool for infectious disease in cattle”, which involves some field studies in Wales.
- £346,124 awarded to Dr Ben Swift, also at RVC, for his work developing “Bacteriophage technology: rapid point-of-care detection and antibiotic resistance profiling of tuberculosis infections”. His work explores the exciting potential of phages in the fight against TB.
- £334,943 as a grant to LSHTM to support Dr Kevin Tetteh, focussing on “Development of a suspension bead assay targeting the zoonotic malaria parasite.” £334,943 will help Kevin to turn his discoveries for malaria diagnostics into products, combatting the threat of malaria transfering from animals to humans.
Released: 20 March 2019