The latest thought leadership from our expert teams

Opinion

Engineering with bioplastics

21st May 2018

PHAs provide us with a vast range of potential properties from biodegradable plastics. Can engineers now just specify biodegradable plastics in all their products?

  • Industrial design
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Physical sciences
Opinion

Get off the edge - you're taking up too much space

18th May 2018

The view from the ‘thing end’ of the IoT makes a lot of edge computing seem huge, but the true edge of the IoT is where the electronics end. For this reason, we need to look towards technologies that...

  • Cloud/scalable systems
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Machine learning & AI
Opinion

Drone services lift off in the US

17th May 2018

Can Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) ever mix safely with existing air traffic? Recent news suggests that the Federal Aviation Authority in the US thinks so...

  • Radio systems
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Opinion

Neonics - bee genocide or environmental scapegoat?

16th May 2018

In April of this year the use of neonicotinoid in all outdoor crop applications was banned. So why are these particular insecticides particularly harmful to bees?

  • Dispense
  • Physical sciences
Whitepaper

Liquid biopsy: current and future utility

15th May 2018

To understand the current usage and future potential of liquid biopsy, we brought together experts from a range of disciplines to answer the following question: What is the current and future clinical utility of liquid biopsy based testing in oncology?

  • Innovation management
  • Strategic advice
Opinion

Finding the formula for predictable biology

14th May 2018

As a keen fan of Formula 1, I’m amazed at the start of each season (especially those that follow a major rule change) that the teams manage to produce brand new cars from scratch, capable of performing...

  • Industrial design
  • Innovation management
  • Product realisation
Opinion

Technology, clinical trials and oncology - how they're all connected

9th May 2018

“What does the youngest chief executive in Big Pharma want? A control room straight off the starship Enterprise.”… That was the headline of a recent Forbes article on the vision of the new Novartis CEO, Vasant Narsimhan...

  • Digital health
  • Strategic advice
Opinion

Bioplastics – serious market alternative or niche distraction?

8th May 2018

Could we replace fossil fuel-derived polymers with plastics that have been made from renewable resources and/or could biodegrade naturally at the end of their life?

  • Industrial design
  • Innovation management
  • Physical sciences
Whitepaper

PHA: plastic the way nature intended?

8th May 2018

Our new whitepaper looks at the potential of PHA bioplastics in the food service industry. We've designed a range of biodegradable plastic products, all served up on a bioplastic tray...

  • Industrial design
  • Innovation management
  • Product realisation
  • Synthetic biology
Opinion

What do Amazon and Eddy Merckx have in common?

4th May 2018

Eddy Merckx dominated professional cycling, the 'Amazon' of his era. Other teams had to innovate or retire. Warehouse automation faces the same challenge.

 

  • Innovation management
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Robotics
Report

Bioplastics: versatile alternatives to conventional polymers [infographic]

26th April 2018

Following the proposed ban on plastic straws and cotton buds in England, our new infographic shows how versatile bioplastics could help.

  • Industrial design
  • Innovation management
  • Product realisation
  • Synthetic biology
Opinion

A biodesigned world: what are we waiting for?

26th April 2018

The emerging field of biodesign has famously led to apples that do not go brown, meat burgers that don’t require livestock and spider-less silk. Biodesign is also widely harnessed to develop life-changing drugs, create...

  • Innovation management
  • Strategic advice
  • Synthetic biology