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Edinburgh Spinout Aims to Unlock Blood-Based Biopsies

BioCaptiva has been launched with more than £1 million in seed investment from Edinburgh-based angel investment syndicate Archangels and Scottish Enterprise.

It has developed a next-generation “liquid biopsy” technology that captures circulating free DNA (cfDNA) from patients’ blood in much greater quantities than the current standard of a single blood draw can, overcoming a significant current limitation of cancer liquid biopsy testing.

Named BioCollector, the device works alongside a standard apheresis machine, filtering cfDNA from the patient’s blood system.

Stoddart Prize 2021

Nikola Zotev is the winner of this year's Norma and Fraser Stoddart Prize. Nikola studied for his PhD in the research group of Dr Adam Kirrander.

Stoddart Prize winners are expected not only to have demonstrated superior research accomplishments throughout their time at Edinburgh but they should also have contributed to the life of students within the School of Chemistry and beyond.

PhD Student's Paper Published in Chemistry, a European Journal

Shona Richardson, a postgraduate student from the Campopiano group, has had an article published in Chemistry, A European Journal.

The paper, titled "The Role of Early‐Career Chemists in European Policy‐Making", was written with help from the European Young Chemistry Network and the European Chemical Society. Their aim is to create a platform for early‐career chemists in policy advice.

Shona's research project is funded by the Derek Stewart Trust.