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Why we urgently need new liver disease biomarkers

Liver disease rarely makes the headlines, yet it is one of the leading causes of human mortality, resulting in almost 2 million deaths per year globally – many of which could be prevented by early detection. There are over 100 types of liver disease, which together affect at least 2 million people in the UK. It recently came to prominence following the tragic death of fomer British tennis...
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Our runner-up BioNewsRound Award

I am delighted that my public relations work with Abcodia announcing their major collaboration with Cancer Research UK was runner-up in the BioNewsRound award at the Genesis 2013 conference this week. The award was based on our press release announcing the creation of the new Early Diagnostics Consortium to discover and validate cancer biomarkers for their eventual use in cancer screening. Each...
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Abcodia’s two royal encounters

Congratulations to Dr Julie Barnes, CEO of Abcodia, for winning the 2013 prestigious WISE award for Enterprise and Innovation which was presented by HRH The Princess Royal at the Science Museum in London. The WISE Campaign encourages women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and has been inspiring females to take up opportunities in these sectors for nearly 30...
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Iain Dale and Sir Edgar Speyer

Despite having troubles of his own, Iain Dale has written a glowing review of a fascinating book written about the life of Sir Edgar Speyer who had strong Norfolk links and political connections. I knew that Prof Tony Lentin’s excellent book, Banker Traitor Scapegoat Spy? The troublesome case of Sir Edgar Speyer, would appeal to Iain, and agree with him totally when he concluded. “It...
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ROCA and ovarian cancer screening

Congratulations to Abcodia, the biomarker validation company I work with, which has been granted world-wide exclusive license for ROCA, a test which has the potential to be a major breakthrough for the early diagnosis of ovarian cancer. ROCA, which stands for the Risk of Ovarian Cancer Algorithm, is being validated for the screening of ovarian cancer. It has been used in studies involving more...
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Edgar Speyer and Marin Alsop – the last night of the Proms

When Marin Alsop sensationally lifts her baton on the last night of the Proms this Saturday, making history as its first woman conductor, I wonder if she will spare a thought for Sir Edgar Speyer, a great British benefactor who saved the Proms from bankruptcy – yet whose magnanimous generosity has been ignored in this country. Having learned about Speyer during visits to his former...
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Personalised medicine – hype or hope?

In just over a week I shall be joining EuropaColon’s dedicated team in Barcelona for the 2nd Colorectal Cancer Patient Conference  which is attracting cancer patients and clinicians throughout Europe who will share valuable experiences. Tragically, colorectal cancer (also known as bowel cancer) is the second most common malignancy in Europe. More than 413,000 people are diagnosed with...
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The holy grail for early cancer diagnosis takes a huge leap forward

The quest for the holy grail for early cancer detection has taken a huge leap forward following a major collaboration between Cancer Research UK, Cancer Research Technology and Abcodia, the biomarker validation company with a focus on cancer screening. Through Abcodia, CRUK and CRT will be able to access one of the world’s largest prospective collections of serum samples available for...
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Colon cancer – have you been checked?

The first time I met Jola Gore-Booth and Julia Kennedy from EuropaColon in Brussels in 2008, they quizzed me closely about my medical background to see if I needed to be screened for colon (bowel) cancer. They say people find it embarrassing to talk about bottoms – but don’t waste a moment in bringing this into the conversation. When you meet these two women who are passionate about...
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YourEly is now live!

YourEly is now live – and it looks amazing! I enjoy shopping, but I also love a bargain. So I am one of the 2,000 community members who signed up to YourEly to be updated about promotions and special offers right on my doorstep. While working with Caroline Bailey to promote her innovative concept, that of having a single social media platform to promote local businesses among its...
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Community support for YourEly tops 1,000

More than 1,000 people have signed up to YourEly within a month of dynamic Ely business woman Caroline Bailey announcing plans to launch a unique initiative for businesses in the city to engage with their community.  It has also been ‘liked’ by more than 1,000 followers on Facebook. This is a fantastic achievement and endorsement of YourEly. YourEly is a unique website and social...
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YourEly plan for city’s businesses to unite

Ely may not have Mary Portas, but it is fortunate in having business woman Caroline Bailey in its midst to lead on the challenge of ensuring that local businesses and the city’s high street remains vibrant for years to come. This is not the time for businesses to sit back and bemoan their fate, but to take matters into their own hands, like Caroline has, and, hopefully, she will inspire...
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How far has cancer screening progressed in the last 60 years?

Abcodia, the award winning biomarker validation company with a focus on cancer screening, highlighted some interesting data in its latest newsletter which I thought I would share here. It published fascinating figures about research growth in cancer screening from 1952 – 2012, and the most studied diseases, following a search of the PubMed website by COO Chris Hodkinson. This is what he...
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Tim Loughton’s 10 Point Family Plan for Government

With Christmas Eve only 10 days away, a traditional time for happy family reunions and celebrations, I wonder, what does the festive season mean for children in care or from broken families? One man who has the answer is former Children’s Minister Tim Loughton who was inexplicably sacked in the latest Cabinet reshuffle after 11 years fighting passionately for this cause, both in opposition...
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Abcodia scoops four fantastic Startups awards

Congratulations to Abcodia which scooped three top Startups awards, as well as being honoured as the overall Nat West Startups Business of the Year, for its pioneering work in cancer screening. Abcodia won every award that it was shortlisted for – Angel or VC-backed Business of the Year, Innovative Business of the Year, and Business Woman of the Year for its CEO Dr Julie Barnes. Abcodia, an...
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