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Financing Deal of the Year’ award 2021 for Amphista Therapeutics

Amphista Therapeutics, the spin out company from the lab of Professor Alessio Ciulli, was awarded the ‘Financing Deal of the Year’ award 2021 at the Scrip Awards last month. This was in recognition of their $53M Series B funding.

The annual Scrips Awards applaud the essential role that the pharmaceutical, biotech and other allied industries play in improving healthcare. The awards span the entire range of industry activities, from new drug launches and clinical trials, to innovative deals, outsourcing and fundraising.

"Computer modelling of twitching bacteria"

Many bacteria have the capability to actively propel themselves on surfaces by extension, surface attachment and retraction of micron-scale filaments known as type IV pili (TFP), this type of motion is called "twitching". Twitching has been primarily studied by single cell tracking using fluorescence microscopy and image analysis. These tools can track bacteria for hours at a time, during which bacteria can explore and begin to colonise new surfaces.

Blue light inhibits immune response of potato to late blight disease

Daylight is made from a spectrum of wavelengths and plants possess receptors that can detect red and blue light. Blue light is important for plant growth and yet inhibits the immune response of potato plants to Phytophthora infestans, making them more susceptible to potato late blight, a research team featuring plant scientists from the James Hutton Institute and the University of Dundee has discovered.

University awarded Race Equality Charter bronze mark

The University of Dundee has been awarded the Bronze mark of the Race Equality Charter, for a period of five years.

The award is granted by Advance HE via a peer review process and recognises the work the University has done so far to meet the standards of the Race Equality Charter and improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students.