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Government to put £70 million into development of medical treatments

23 January 2018 08:57

Government to fund development of medical treatments

Government to fund development of medical treatments

The Government will announce plans to use £70 million of funding to create new manufacturing centres and help accelerate the development of medical treatments, it's been reported.

On Monday, Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah will set out how the money will be used in the creation of new medical solutions, such as the use of virtual reality to aid rehabilitation, and investing in digital speech therapy solutions, brain injuries and strokes.

AI research

Mr Gyimah will be making a trip to Imperial College London to see the technology being developed, including a cartoon-like robot which will be used to help children with autism improve their learning and emotional understanding.

AI research is also being carried out to aid elderly people in the detection of onset depression, and to create security systems to alert sufferers of dementia when a doctor, nurse or relative is visiting them.

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Mr Gyimah said: "This investment will not only support high-value, highly skilled jobs but will develop lifesaving treatments that could change lives across the UK."

Future opportunities

"We want to improve the way we make medicines and we are determined to capitalise on our research and innovation infrastructure, which is why today I am launching the start of the UKRI Research and Innovation Infrastructure Roadmap Programme," said the Universities and Science Minister.

"From RRS Discovery, to the UK Biobank and the Diamond Light Source, to the UK Data Archive, this country is world-renowned for its research and innovation infrastructure.

"Now, for the first time, we will map this to enable us to showcase our capabilities around the world and identify future opportunities."