25 April 2023 | Muriel Cozier

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In today's Daily Digest, new guidance on supporting UK spinouts, a taskforce for AI development, and more.


Dow has been presented with nine Edison Awards, for 2023, more than any company ever in a single year. The Edison Awards recognise innovation and business success. Dow received awards in eight categories including: Applied Chemistry, Circular Economy and Post-Consumer Recycled Material.

DuPont has been presented with three Edison Awards. The awards for innovation included a water purification membrane to help address the challenge of water reuse and increase access to clean water. The innovation received a silver award for Sustainability in the Materials Science Category.

Synthomer has appointed Stephen Lynen of its Adhesives Solution division, taking over from Toby Heppenstall who is leaving the company.

GSK has reached an agreement to acquire Bellus Health, a late stage biopharmaceutical company located in Canada. GSK said that the acquisition strengthens its speciality medicines and respiratory pipeline.

Several universities including UCL, Imperial, Oxford and Cambridge, have set out new guidance aimed at accelerating and supporting a new generation of innovative spinouts and boost the UK’s potential as a science super power. The guidance include advice and backing from major investors.


DuPont’s 2030 emissions reduction targets have been validated by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi). SBTi recognises businesses that set ambitious emissions reduction targets in line with the latest climate science.

Braskem has partnered in an initiative where steel drums used to transport polyisobutene are now collected, cleaned and have the internal and external finishing redone so that they can be used again for transporting polyisobutene.

Members of the UK parliament are to debate reducing the presence of plastic in oceans. The debate will take place on 27 April.



According to research from Imperial College London, gut bacteria from extracellular appendages can transfer genes that allow them to resist antibiotics. The research is published in Nature Communication.


The UK government is providing funding of £100 million for a taskforce which will focus on accelerating the UK’s capacity in AI.

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