eXmoor's Charity of the Year
Macmillan Cancer Support Macmillan Cancer Support is eXmoor's charity of the year 2017. Macmillan believes that everyone affected by cancer should be able to get the help and support they need, so they don't go through cancer alone. Each year, over 100,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. More than 500,000 people are balancing caring for a loved one with cancer with a full or part time job.
Macmillan advised "Your donation will help us to fund more nurses and therapists to help people through cancer treatment. It will help us to provide more information and support centres offering free and confidential advice. It will support us in our campaigns to improve cancer care and fight discrimination. Your donation will help us be there for patients, carers, families and communities every step of the way. Thanks again for being such an important part of the Macmillan team. Without your help, we wouldn't be able to keep providing our vital services. Together we are all Macmillan Cancer Support".
Process Development Lab Update
Huge progress has been made in our process & technology development labs at Future Space in Bristol in the first quarter of 2017. We have recruited our initial complement of staff comprising 2 Bioprocess Scientists and 2 Bioprocess Engineers under the direction of Dr Martin Smith. Two of the team have already started (see further news items below) and the remaining 2 will join in May and June. The labs are now equipped, documentation is in progress and we have been awarded our first contract with experimental work starting imminently. Our Point of Care Preparation system "CPrep" will be moved from NHSBT in Filton to the labs on 27th April and will continue with its programme of production engineering and experimentation with additional cell types as it progresses towards being included in cell therapy clinical trials.
We've initiated discussions with a number of suppliers and cell therapy companies for potential collaborations in the lab. We are already seeing synergies between the lab and the consultancy for the benefit of our clients, and our consultants are queuing up for training on new equipment!
Anna White joins as Bioprocess Scientist in the Lab
Anna is an immunologist with 11 years Research experience gained during a PhD at Lund University in Sweden and two post docs at Kings College London and Bristol University. She has extensive knowledge of T cell immunology and has an impressive range of adherent cell culture and analytical techniques under her belt. She joins eXmoor to gain industrial experience and because being involved in a complete lab start-up sounded like a fun challenge.
Will Milligan joins as Bioprocess Engineer in the Lab
Will has an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Newcastle University and has recently completed a 3 year industry based EngD at Regenesys in Belgium supervised by our good friend Dr Lucy Foley and sponsored by Athersys. Will has experience in process development for adherent stem cells including microcarrier suspension and large format adherent culture systems. Will is keen to build on this experience in an environment where he will be challenged and have the opportunity to grow.