The latest thought leadership from our expert teams

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Clinical trials: how technology is driving digitisation

23rd April 2018

The era of clinical trials as we’ve known them, is coming to an end. Rising costs, coupled with the commercial risks of failure, are unsustainable. This disruptive state is driving the adoption of new technologies, and catalysing...

  • Digital health
Opinion

Precision fruit handling robot

19th April 2018

Robotics in agriculture face complex challenges when it comes to dealing with speciality produce such as fruits and vegetables. Niall Mottram demonstrates an actuator that senses the pressure...

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
  • Signal processing
Opinion

A newbies guide to cryptocurrencies and blockchains

16th April 2018

Cryptocurrencies, bitcoin and blockchain have been all over the news lately. From my mechanical engineering background, the descriptions I read online left me with a lot of questions...

  • Digital services
Report

Why digital technologies will disrupt clinical trials [infographic]

16th April 2018

There is a need for more clinical trials across more sites. The need will continue to grow. This increase comes at a significant cost. Costs can be managed it we tack inefficiencies. digital technologies could reduce trial costs...

  • Digital health
Opinion

Finding bugs fast: microbial testing for cell and gene therapy

13th April 2018

I’ve just got back to the office from a very interesting workshop looking to address the challenge of delivering rapid microbial testing in cell and gene products...

  • Sensing
  • Synthetic biology
Opinion

Vlog: Translating synbio’s technical progress into business growth

11th April 2018

Earlier this year, we hosted a thought-leadership workshop for leaders and influencers in synthetic biology, to discuss the challenges facing the industry, and what new tools...

  • Innovation management
  • Product realisation
  • Strategic advice
  • Synthetic biology
Opinion

Biting the robotic hand that feeds us

10th April 2018

"Because this is the magic - you load the laundry, and what do you get out of the machine? You get books out of the machine.” - Hans Rosling and the magic washing machine...

  • Robotics
Whitepaper

Sensing and analytics in agriculture: turning an art into science

9th April 2018

Farming needs to become smarter, to meet global food demand, protect the environment and combat commercial pressures. Advanced sensing technologies and data analytics can make farms more efficient...

  • Data science & analytics
  • Sensing
Opinion

Why AI will continue to flourish

5th April 2018

The current wave of AI was enabled by faster GPUs; the future lies in neural processors and quantum computing. The first industrial revolution of the mid-eighteenth century was sparked by various critical enablers coming...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Strategic advice
Opinion

Why can’t a robot harvest a strawberry?

4th April 2018

Picking a strawberry - a simple enough task, but one that’s surprisingly hard to automate. Imagine you’re picking a strawberry. First, you identify your target and move your hand towards it. As you move your arm, you can feel...

  • Machine learning & AI
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Opinion

Bottling out – the plastic problem

28th March 2018

Consumers woke up to the news that the UK government is proposing a deposit return scheme for drinks bottles. But is plastic the real problem?

  • Innovation management
  • Service design
  • Strategic advice
Whitepaper

Building the business of biodesign

27th March 2018

Synthetic biology remains nascent, yet full of promise. The idea of using rational engineering approaches to design biology has the potential to solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges, such as securing food supplies...

  • Innovation management
  • Product realisation
  • Strategic advice
  • Synthetic biology