University of Dundee

CLS Impact and Outreach

Science in the Summer!

Local children are being offered a special experience over the summer holidays in the first ever Dundee Science Centre STEM summer club.

Each week, a different pre-selected set of 20 children will enjoy a packed programme of workshops and activities created by the University of Dundee and the Science Centre.

As well as exploring the recently transformed attraction, youngsters will design and build amazing contraptions using a range of materials, make their own science snacks, learn about forensics, make slime, and get to grips with dino rocks and fossils!

£1 million grant to help drive innovation

The University of Dundee has received £1 million to furbish a new centre that will foster the commercialisation of world-leading science while anchoring new biomedical companies and jobs in the city.

The grant from the Wolfson Foundation will help contribute to the costs of fitting-out the Tay Cities Regional Innovation Hub with the flexible, state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities required by high-growth companies seeking to develop new medicines and medical technologies.

Life Sciences staff make Converge 2021 Semi-finals

Dr Helge Dorfmueller and Dr David Martin from the School have been announced as semi-finalists of Converge 2021.

Dr Dorfmueller has created RhaPSeda, a platform that could prove decisive in the battle against the a contagious bacteria StrepA that kills 500,000 people annually, mainly from low-income countries. Despite a 100-year hunt for a vaccine, none currently exists with the pathogen showing increasing signs of antibiotic resistance. RhapSeda’s patented technology significantly reduces manufacturing costs, taking us a step closer to a worldwide solution to this global killer.

Commendations for SLS at Stephen Fry Public Engagement Awards

As part of the University of Dundee’s Celebrating our Public Engagement event, the University crowned the latest winners of the Stephen Fry Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement.

The awards celebrate the people and projects that engage with wider audiences, and the benefits they bring to society. The winners across the three categories were announced by former Rector Stephen Fry:

£38 million investment in University spinout

Amphista Therapeutics, a University of Dundee spinout company, has announced a near-£40 million investment that will further its work to develop new drugs for a range of diseases.

Amphista is a biopharmaceutical company creating first-in-class therapeutics that harness the body’s natural processes to selectively and efficiently degrade and remove disease-causing proteins. The company is a spinout from Professor Alessio Ciulli’s labs at the University’s School of Life Sciences.

Entrepreneur can “provide a glimpse” of Dundee’s future

A University of Dundee masterclass could help to inspire the city’s next generation of bio-entrepreneurs. Dr Deborah O’Neil, founder and CEO of leading clinical-stage biotechnology company Novabiotics, will be sharing her experiences in the world of business as host of the University’s latest Entrepreneurial Masterclass.

With more than two decades of experience in anti-infective drug discovery research and development, she will share the secrets of her success at "Actually Doing It - The Start of Your Journey as a Bio-Entrepreneur,” on Wednesday 17 March.

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