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    1. July 24, 2016

      New drugs aim to kill cancer cells by destabilising their DNA

      Drugs that selectively destroy cancer cells by destabilising their DNA will be developed in a £6m project funded by the...

    2. May 29, 2016

      Syncona’s £30m investment pays off with first licence

      Syncona, the £250m long-term healthcare investment fund set up in 2012 by Wellcome Trust, Britain’s biggest charity,...

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    1. Combating Neglected Diseases

      While nobody questions the horror of the Ebola epidemic sweeping west Africa, the deat...
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    1. April 19, 2016

      The secret of a world-class biotech sector

      Britain, it is often said, has world-class science but too few world-class science-based companies. Nowhere is this...

    2. March 22, 2016

      ‘Master of universe’ welcomed as head of National Theatre

      The National Theatre hailed the “cultural understanding” of private equity boss Damon Buffini as it named him as its...

    3. March 4, 2016

      Wellcome Trust solidifies its rare position

      It is one of the largest arable farmers in Britain, the first major charity to issue debt and has a better credit...

    4. March 4, 2016

      Medical photography: a world we never see

      Protective gowns hang from the ceiling like strange ghosts. In the background, a bed — shrouded in plastic sheeting —...

    5. January 19, 2016

      Investment in student digs highlights value of education

      It’s the little touches that give student areas their distinctive charm. Overflowing bins. Underwear dangling from...

    6. January 19, 2016

      Wellcome Trust beds in with Goldman on student housing

      Goldman Sachs has joined forces with the Wellcome Trust, a British charitable foundation, in a £2bn student...

    7. January 13, 2016

      Fund of $4.5bn proposed for protection against pandemics

      The world must invest at least $4.5bn a year in a concerted effort to protect against pandemics that could kill...

    8. December 11, 2015

      Eliza Manningham-Buller, chair, the Wellcome Trust

      Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller is obviously in pain. As she tries to settle her tall frame comfortably, I ask about...

    9. October 8, 2015

      Scientists sniffy over £600m flu medicines

      Ministers have been warned that doctors have “no idea” whether flu treatments stockpiled by the UK government at a cost...

    10. October 2, 2015

      The (very precise) future of medicine

      When I meet Sir William “Bill” Castell, outgoing chair of the Wellcome Trust, he is fuming. A story has run in the...

    11. July 31, 2015

      Health experts hail Ebola breakthrough

      Public health experts have hailed a “turning point” in the fight against Ebola, after preliminary results for an...

    12. July 23, 2015

      Investors join push for more transparency on drug trials

      Dozens of big investors have backed a campaign by British activists for more transparency in the pharmaceuticals...

    13. July 14, 2015

      UK’s new biomedical research centre teams up with industry

      Scientists from the new Francis Crick Institute will join forces with GlaxoSmithKline in the hunt for new medicines, in...

    14. April 5, 2015

      Divestment refuseniks may yet save the planet

      Do the math, the campaign slogan reads. There is growing pressure for asset owners to declare they will go “fossil...

    15. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: Fleming Fund to fight drug-resistant infections

      George Osborne announced the creation of a £195m fund to fight drug-resistant infections worldwide, with contributions...

    16. February 18, 2015

      UK farmland returns more than Mayfair

      In the fertile fens of north Cambridgeshire lies the 560-acre Rummers Farm where potatoes, sugar beet, cereals and oil...

    17. February 3, 2015

      MPs vote in favour of three parent babies

      Babies with DNA from three people could be born in Britain as soon as next year after MPs voted in favour of the...

    18. December 28, 2014

      Malaria: Real and present danger

      Ka Lar Nar’s fellow east Myanmar villagers chuckle at the story of his periodic headaches because they know he likes...

    19. December 28, 2014

      Slimmed-down Co-op faces long recovery

      January is the traditional time for dieting but the Co-operative Group has been fasting all year. After a borrowing...

    20. December 17, 2014

      Bets against long duration bonds can hurt

      The £18bn Wellcome Trust likes to think long term, and think positive. The world’s second-biggest charitable foundation...

    21. November 26, 2014

      Ebola vaccine shows promise in trials

      Thousands of healthcare workers in west Africa could be given a vaccine against Ebola early next year after the first...

    22. November 25, 2014

      Nations thrive by uniting professors and entrepreneurs

      I’ve recently appointed a chief executive for a medical research organisation I chair. The task was a fascinating one,...

    23. October 23, 2014

      Industry response to Ebola quickens

      Pharmaceutical executives and international donors were thrashing out details of a push to accelerate development of...

    24. October 12, 2014

      Wellcome Trust looks for new chair to succeed William Castell

      The Wellcome Trust, the UK’s biggest charitable foundation, has begun a search for a replacement for Sir William...

    25. October 9, 2014

      Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is in a global fight against suffering

      The war on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is being fought by “boots on the ground” in the jungles of Africa and...

    26. October 9, 2014

      Ebola thrives in absence of weapons to contain it

      At the beginning of 2014, Ebola was very much a neglected disease, feared for its high mortality rate but not generally...

    27. October 9, 2014

      Ebola outbreak points to need for behavioural change

      Mohamed Lamin Turay has seen the dangers of Ebola close up in Sierra Leone and it has only strengthened his resolve to...

    28. October 8, 2014

      Teenage dream of longer lie-ins may come true

      Teenagers who struggle to get out of bed in time for school are to be spared the pain of early mornings under an...

    29. August 29, 2014

      Trial and ebola: the drug and vaccine pipeline

      Ebola virus (Getty)   © Getty By Clive Cookson Research into Ebola drugs and vaccines had been chugging along at a...

    30. August 28, 2014

      WHO warns 20,000 in west Africa at risk from Ebola

      More than 20,000 people in west Africa are at risk from the Ebola epidemic, according to a new assessment contained in...

    31. August 10, 2014

      City folk find value in land of ‘The Archers’

      It is not just listeners to The Archers, the BBC’s everyday tale of farming folk, who are reeling as hard-eyed City...

    32. August 4, 2014

      Wellcome Trust buys Co-op farms in £249m deal

      The Co-operative Group has raised £249m by selling its farms business to the Wellcome Trust, the charitable foundation,...

    33. August 1, 2014

      Peter Williams, administrator, 1925-2014

      When Peter Williams became director of the Wellcome Trust in 1965, it was an obscure UK charity spending £1m a year,...

    34. August 1, 2014

      DNA project receives £300m investment boost

      Britain is aiming to become the world leader in medical DNA research, following a public-private agreement to invest a...

    35. July 2, 2014

      David Cameron calls for action to fight antibiotic resistance

      David Cameron has appointed former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill to lead a team of experts to spur the...

    36. June 20, 2014

      Wellcome Trust director Jeremy Farrar

      It is a brilliant Saturday afternoon in north Oxford, with lilac spilling over the pavement beside the terraced house...

    37. June 16, 2014

      UK biotech groups’ rush to market injects sense of optimism

      Britain’s biotech sector has experienced more false dawns than most industries. But after a barren decade, a series of...

    38. June 1, 2014

      Saatchi to introduce bill on cancer experiments in Lords

      Doctors would have more freedom to use experimental treatments on patients suffering from cancer and other diseases...

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