Two UK-Thai Projects Win Prestigious Newton Prize Awards At Event In Bangkok

Newton Prize

Newton Prize

The Newton Prize is an annual £1 million prize that is awarded to existing or previous Newton funded projects, programmes or teams for excellent research and/or innovation that supports the economic development and social welfare of Newton partner countries. Each year, from 2017 to 2021, the Prize will be awarded to specified countries on an identified global societal challenge.

On Wednesday 22nd November, at an exclusive event at the British Ambassador’s Residence, the winner of the very first Newton Prize in Thailand was formally announced by H.E. ACM Dr. Prajin Juntong, Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Mark Field MP, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and H.E. Brian Davidson, the British Ambassador to Thailand. Additionally, an exhibition presenting the 5 shortlisted research projects was also arranged.

The winning project of the Newton Prize Award was for the Molecular Pathology of Rare Genetic Diseases in Children.

The Chairman’s Award, an award specifically created due to the high calibre selection of applications from Thailand, went to the International Network of Shrimp Health.

Overall, 25 applications were received with 5 projects shortlisted:

1. Bacterial Pathogenesis: Dissecting the Early Stages of Cellular Invasion by the Obligate Intracellular Bacterium Orientia Tsutsugamushi by – Dr. Jeanne Salje and Prof. Nicholas Day, Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, University of Oxford – Dr. Somponnat Sampattavanich, Department of Pharmacology, Mahidol University

2. Climate Ready Rice: Optimising Transpiration to Protect Rice Yields Under Abiotic Stresses by – Prof. Julie Gray, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield, UK – Dr. Apichart Vanavichit, Rice Gene Discovery Unit, Kasetsart University, Thailand

3. Genomic Epidemiology in Infectious Diseases – Pathogen Genomics Capacity Building by – Prof. Taane Clark, London School ofHygiene & Tropical Medicine – Dr. Prapat Suriyaphol, Mahidol University

4. International Network for Shrimp Health by – Prof. Grant Stentiford, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science – Dr. Kallaya Sritunyalucksana, National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

5. Molecular Pathology of Rare Genetic Diseases in Children by – Prof. Philip Beales, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health – Prof. Vorasuk Shoterelersuk, Centre of Excellence for Medical Genetics at Chulalongkorn University

UK Oncology Healthcare Companies Bring Innovation To India

UK Oncology Healthcare

UK Oncology Healthcare

The delegation, identified by Healthcare UK as some of the UK’s most innovative in oncology healthcare, will attend the 2nd Indian Cancer Congress in Bengaluru from 9 to 12 November. They will also visit the India-UK Healthcare Forum 2017 in Mumbai on 13 November.

India is expected to see 1.73 million new cancer cases by 2020 (source: National Cancer Registry). Oral, breast, lung, cervical cancers are among the leading causes of deaths in the country. India requires new technology in every aspect of this disease – from genetics to early detection, new treatment protocols and medical equipment.

India and the UK share common goals with regard to cancer treatment and research. The UK is at the forefront of cancer research, as well as the development and introduction of new technologies.

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has a cancer strategy to improve cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and end-of-life care. The NHS and UK companies have compelling offers in cancer for overseas health systems covering:

  • advanced laboratory diagnostics including the latest genomic testing
  • provision of leading edge cancer services
  • development of the latest clinical protocols to achieve high quality clinical outcomes
  • R&D collaborations with potential for longer term partnerships
  • unmatched data assets to underpin research
  • the full range of education and training in cancer for doctors, nurses and technical staff.

The NHS in England is moving ahead on the path laid out by its Five Year Forward View.

Commenting on the visit, Dominic McAllister, British Deputy High Commissioner Bengaluru said:

Indian government wants to provide universal healthcare and adopt ‘smart healthcare’ to support sustainable and world-class services for the Indian people. The UK has the expertise and technology to support every aspect of India’s healthcare systems and services. There is no better time than now for the UK and India to partner and shape the future of Indian healthcare.

I hope that through our delegation, we will help forge some ground-breaking partnerships in overcoming the cancer challenge in India. We are also helping Indian business access the best of British advanced technology in healthcare by taking Indian delegations across the UK as a part of the India-UK Future TECH month. This is a very good platform of both UK and India to work together for improved healthcare in India.

As the trade mission travels to the Bengaluru and Mumbai, the Indian companies will get an opportunity to network with UK healthcare firms and find out about opportunities for collaboration. The UK has an unmatched combination of clinical, technological and academic expertise. Indian companies can explore this and more during their interactions with the visiting mission.

The trade mission coincides with the India-UK Future TECH month showcasing the very best of the UK’s strengths in technology and innovation across data analytics, Internet of Things, ICT services and a wide variety of sectors. The mission will have a varied and influential Indian audience, including buyers, investors and central and state level government.

The Department for International Trade India is taking more than 60 companies across 10 sectors across a tour of business hubs in the North – Manchester, Liverpool, in the Midlands -Birmingham, Leicester, Coventry and in London with the primary objective of inspiring new business and new tech collaboration.

Meeting With President Of Iran Hassan Rouhani

Meeting with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani

Meeting with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President,

I would like to thank you again for making the decision to come to Sochi today. I remember how warmly you received me in Tehran recently. In this regard, please convey my best wishes to the religious leader of Iran, Mr Khamenei.

We cooperate with you in almost all areas of mutual interest. We now have the opportunity to discuss the entire range of our relations.

Once again, of course, I want to note our undeniable progress toward resolving the situation in Syria.

Thank you.

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani (retranslated): Mr President, I am pleased to be in Sochi and to be part of the very useful and timely meeting, which we had here.

I am very grateful for your hospitality and consider this meeting very important for the peace and stability of Syria. I expect that the Syrian National Congress will meet here in Sochi in the near future. This meeting is an important step on our way to making it happen. We will have done something major if we can stop the bloodshed even for an hour and bring peace back to the Syrian land.

I am pleased that, in recent years, the relations between our countries have been good and positive like never before. Our cooperation has been positive not only at the bilateral level, but also regionally and internationally.

Stronger cooperation between us is in the interests of our two nations, the interests of the region and is not directed against third countries. I hope that, in the future, we will be able to take important steps to strengthen our cooperation at the bilateral level, regionally and internationally.

Thank you very much.

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International Sustainability Conference Held In Shenzhen

The British Ambassador to China, Dame Barbara Woodward delivered a speech

The British Ambassador to China, Dame Barbara Woodward delivered a speech

Today (23 November) marks the launch of the inaugural “International Sustainability Conference in Guangdong: Building a World-Class Business Environment across the Maritime Silk Road” in China’s innovation capital, Shenzhen.

Sustainability is critical for corporate development and encompasses issues as diverse as greening the supply chain, staff engagement, talent management, corporate governance and responsible investment.

Businesses robustly addressing these issues have seen their market-shares grow and reputations enhanced, making it easier to tap into opportunities in the global market. In this context, the Belt and Road Initiative has the potential to deliver a new wave of development and economic growth.

Launching the conference, the British Ambassador to China, Dame Barbara Woodward said:

We are committed to a long-term, sustainable trade relationship with China and the rest of the world, so we place increasing emphasis on the “triple-bottom line”: social and environmental performance as well as financial profit.

This helps spread the benefits of trade as fairly as possible in communities. As more and more customers want products that are responsibly sourced and sustainably produced we can create a win-win between sustainable supply and sustainable demand. Increasing international cooperation is seen as vital to achieving these goals.

Studies show that gender inequality holds back social development and economic growth. There is a positive link between gender diversity and corporate sustainability. If women were operating at their full potential, and playing the same role in labour markets as men, an estimated $28 trillion or 26% which could be added to global GDP in 2025, according to a McKinsey Global Institute report. Organisations with strong diversity and inclusive policies in place find it easier to attract a wider customer base, meet regulatory requirements and find, attract and retain world-class talent.

Today’s event illustrates what can be achieved through innovative partnership. To achieve further progress it is vital that we continue to work through multi-stakeholder initiatives to realise our ultimate objective of a sustainable world for all.

More information about the Conference (PDF619KB2 pages)

Chancellor To Unlock Hidden Value Of Government Data

Whitehall Westminster

Whitehall Westminster

The Chancellor has announced today a new Geospatial Commission to maximise the value of all UK government data linked to location, and to create jobs and growth in a modern economy.

Its first task will be to work with government and the Ordnance Survey by May 2018 to establish how to open up freely the OS MasterMap data to UK-based small businesses in particular.

The announcement is a further boost to the UK’s status as a world leader in digital innovation and an example of how advances in technology can be used to foster economic growth, deliver outstanding public services and generate savings for citizens.

Location-aware technologies are revolutionising the economy. From navigating public transport to tracking supply chains and planning efficient delivery routes, the digital services built on GPS and the current mapping data have quietly become everyday parts of daily life and commerce.

Huge amounts of value have been created by the new services made possible using databases of geospatial information – maps, and the information linked to them like house prices or business addresses. This data, which government produces in the course of delivering public services and maintaining laws and regulations, can be used to stimulate innovation in the economy and drive the development of the UK’s growing digital economy.

The new Geospatial Commission, supported by £40 million of new funding in each of the next two years, will drive the move to use this data more productively – unlocking up to £11 billion of extra value for the economy every year.

The new Commission will draw together HM Land Registry, the Ordnance Survey, the British Geological Survey, the Valuation Office Agency, the UK Hydrographic Office and the Coal Authority with a view to:

  • improving the access to, links between, and quality of their data
  • looking at making more geospatial data available for free and without restriction
  • setting regulation and policy in relation to geospatial data created by the public sector
  • holding individual bodies to account for delivery against the geospatial strategy
  • providing strategic oversight and direction across Whitehall and public bodies who operate in this area

First Secretary of State, Damian Green, said:

“The UK leads the way in digital innovation, using it to drive productivity and growth, and deliver the best public services to citizens. The UK has some of the best geospatial data in the world, much of it is held by public bodies, and the new Geospatial Commission will help Britain to turn this valuable government data into tangible benefits such as new jobs and savings.”

Saul Klein, Partner, LocalGlobe, said:

“The UK has been a world leader in the open data movement, which has already helped to spawn global success stories like Citymapper. Opening up geospatial data shows how committed the UK government is to being the best place in the world for startups and innovative companies to use data to build amazing new products and services.”

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Chairman of the Open Data Institute said:

“I’m delighted that the UK government is carrying through on the commitment in its manifesto to open up UK geospatial data. In particular, opening up the OS MasterMap will stimulate growth and investment in the UK economy, generate jobs and improve services. It will make it easier to find land for house-building, and enable the development of services that improve vital infrastructure.”

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