KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need

 

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from Defence Security to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.

 

The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

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New gene therapy for the treatment of children with ultra-rare immune disorder recommended for approval

GlaxoSmithKline has received a thumbs-up from a European Medicines Agency committee for its groundbreaking new gene therapy treatment--but it's already thinking about pricing as it gears up for a final European approval in the coming months.

The CHMP--the safety and efficacy arm of the European regulator--recommended approval of GSK's new drug Strimvelis on Friday to treat the incredibly rare and fatal disorder known colloquially as "bubble boy syndrome," more than a decade after the EMA first granted the drug an orphan designation.

Strimvelis has been developed in partnership with Italy's San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy and works as an ex vivo gene therapy for severe combined immunodeficiency due to adenosine deaminase deficiency (ADA-SCID)--aka "bubble boy syndrome," as children with the disorder must be kept protected from any infections due to their highly fragile immune system.

The drug represents the cutting-edge of biopharma science and works by using a virus to insert copies of the ADA gene into stem cells extracted from the bone marrow of patients. The cells are then reintroduced to the patient, who can expect to start making the gene on their own, repairing their immune system.

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