A low-cost, easy-to-use arsenic sensor to test drinking water has been developed by researchers at University College London (UCL) and Imperial College London, with BBSRC funding through the government's modern and ambitious Industrial Strategy. 140 million people worldwide drink water containing unsafe levels of arsenic, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Curapel, a finalist in the BBSRC Innovator of the Year competition in 2014, has recently launched its first product on the UK market, Pellamex, which helps restore the skin protective barrier in dry, sensitive and eczema-prone skin. Curapel is a skin healthcare company that was spun out of The University of Manchester's Dermatology Centre four years ago.
An ingredient commonly found in toothpaste could be employed as an anti-malarial drug against strains of malaria parasite that have grown resistant to one of the currently-used drugs. This discovery, led by researchers at the University of Cambridge, was aided by Eve, an artificially-intelligent ‘robot scientist’.