24 April 2023 | Muriel Cozier

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In today's Daily Digest, updates on the UK's first King's Award for Enterprise, India trade negotiations, the verdict on the UK's top chemical business and more.

Innovation

The UK and US have trialled a technology that that can be used to detect chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats in a city environment. Vapours and tiny particles are detected and authorities can be alerted to the presence of ‘materials of concern.’

Recipients of the UK’s first King’s Award for Enterprise have been revealed. Winners include Chemical Processing Services Ltd which has developed a new furalkamine bio-based technology for epoxy systems. The awards are given under four categories these being: Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility).

The UK government’s Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) has appointed seven science and technology leaders to its board. They include Captain Tim Peake CMG – former European Space Agency astronaut; Baroness Alison Wolf CBE - Professor at Kings College London; and Professor Jason Chin FRS – Fellow in Natural Sciences at Trinity College Cambridge.


Policy

The UK Parliament’s International Trade Committee has been critical of the UK government’s ‘unhelpful responses’ on India trade negotiations. A report from the committee says the briefings from the government ‘have been extremely limited in scope. Even requests for basic information were met with unhelpful responses.’ The committee found itself gleaning more detail from reports in the Indian media.


Agriscience

Syngenta has entered into an agreement with Biotalys for research, development and commercialisation of biocontrol solutions to manage pests on a wide variety of crops. The new products will be based on technology developed by Biotalys.


Business

The UK Prime Minister has launched a new conference called Business Connect. It will bring together leaders from the UK’s largest industries, along with investors and government ministers for ‘direct and detailed discussions across key industries.’ More than 200 CEOs and C-Suite business leaders will attend.


Other News

Croda has been voted, for the sixth year in a row, the UK’s top chemical business in the annual Britain’s Most Admired Companies 2022 study. The company was placed 14th overall out of 259 leading British companies across 28 sectors.

The UK government has said that Chloe Smith MP will cover for Michelle Donelan as Secretary of State for Science Innovation and Technology, while Donelan is on maternity leave.

The Australian Research Council has awarded AUS$24 million to 25 mid-career Industry Fellowships that will work on industry defined challenges. Projects include development of cost effective and sustainable fungal technologies to produce a range of products such as pharmaceutical drugs , bio-pesticides, fine chemicals, and specialized food and health ingredients.

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