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BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2015 is Professor Ian Givens from the University of Reading, for his work to reduce saturated fat in cows’ milk. Professor Givens was also named Social Innovator of the Year.


The most virulent strains of Streptococcus suis, the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in adult humans in parts of southeast Asia and in pigs around the world, are likely to have evolved and become widespread in pigs at the same time as changes in rearing practices, according to research from an international consortium published today in the journal Nature Communications.


24 ground-breaking projects have won a share of funding to develop their innovative ideas through the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst. The Catalyst was set up in January 2014 to support UK researchers and companies to work together to bring their biotechnology innovations to market and to help cement the UK’s position as a world leader in this sector.


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