Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

New study reveals that life sciences is the biggest employer in the North West

29.02.2008
A new report showing the North West of England's top 10 employment growth sectors has named the life sciences as the region's biggest jobs provider.

The Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) study, called The Changing Professions in the North West of England, reveals the life sciences industries employed 455,600 staff last year accounting for 13.4% of jobs in the region.

The report also details how MMU is helping the industry meet the challenges of this growth and making a direct contribution to the regional economy through its life sciences provision. 74% of the 5,000 science and engineering students trained by MMU every year stay to work and live in the North West. Alongside these students entering the workforce, 80% of the MMU's trained health professionals, including nurses, health visitors and dental technicians, go on to enter this sector at all levels – in hospitals and community health – in the region.

Case studies in the report's life sciences chapter of include cutting-edge technology firm Micap has enlisting MMU's knowledge of essential oils to tackle deadly hospital infections such as MRSA. The superbug is known for its resistance to traditional antibiotics so University microbiologists have teamed up with the Wigan-based firm to explore another way to kill the deadly organisms – by harnessing the natural antibacterial properties of plant-derived essential oils and incorporating them into healthcare products.

Dr Valerie Edwards-Jones, a reader in medical microbiology in MMU's Research Institute for Health and Social Change, is working with Micap to build these oils into devices such as urinary catheters, wound dressings and creams. The partners have discovered that encapsulating the volatile oil particles in dead yeast cells – creating a shell – controls the speed of their release which makes them safer to use. “During clinical tests, we have shown that these oils can defeat MRSA. A trial using essential oil-infused creams reduced the colonization of bacteria on patients’ skin, a major source of infection, by ten-thousand fold,” Dr Edwards-Jones said.

However, despite this, with only a 13.2% share of top 10 sector growth in the past ten years, life sciences has now fallen behind financial and professional services and Education as the third fastest growing.

The full report can be accessed by clicking on Changing Professions in the North West at http://www.mmu.ac.uk/news/publications/.

Phil Smith | alfa
Further information:
http://www.mmu.ac.uk

More articles from Studies and Analyses:

nachricht Study relating to materials testing Detecting damages in non-magnetic steel through magnetism
23.07.2018 | Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

nachricht Innovative genetic tests for children with developmental disorders and epilepsy
11.07.2018 | Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

All articles from Studies and Analyses >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Unraveling the nature of 'whistlers' from space in the lab

A new study sheds light on how ultralow frequency radio waves and plasmas interact

Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles present new research on a curious cosmic phenomenon known as "whistlers" -- very low frequency packets...

Im Focus: New interactive machine learning tool makes car designs more aerodynamic

Scientists develop first tool to use machine learning methods to compute flow around interactively designable 3D objects. Tool will be presented at this year’s prestigious SIGGRAPH conference.

When engineers or designers want to test the aerodynamic properties of the newly designed shape of a car, airplane, or other object, they would normally model...

Im Focus: Robots as 'pump attendants': TU Graz develops robot-controlled rapid charging system for e-vehicles

Researchers from TU Graz and their industry partners have unveiled a world first: the prototype of a robot-controlled, high-speed combined charging system (CCS) for electric vehicles that enables series charging of cars in various parking positions.

Global demand for electric vehicles is forecast to rise sharply: by 2025, the number of new vehicle registrations is expected to reach 25 million per year....

Im Focus: The “TRiC” to folding actin

Proteins must be folded correctly to fulfill their molecular functions in cells. Molecular assistants called chaperones help proteins exploit their inbuilt folding potential and reach the correct three-dimensional structure. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) have demonstrated that actin, the most abundant protein in higher developed cells, does not have the inbuilt potential to fold and instead requires special assistance to fold into its active state. The chaperone TRiC uses a previously undescribed mechanism to perform actin folding. The study was recently published in the journal Cell.

Actin is the most abundant protein in highly developed cells and has diverse functions in processes like cell stabilization, cell division and muscle...

Im Focus: Lining up surprising behaviors of superconductor with one of the world's strongest magnets

Scientists have discovered that the electrical resistance of a copper-oxide compound depends on the magnetic field in a very unusual way -- a finding that could help direct the search for materials that can perfectly conduct electricity at room temperatur

What happens when really powerful magnets--capable of producing magnetic fields nearly two million times stronger than Earth's--are applied to materials that...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

Within reach of the Universe

08.08.2018 | Event News

A journey through the history of microscopy – new exhibition opens at the MDC

27.07.2018 | Event News

2018 Work Research Conference

25.07.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

Unraveling the nature of 'whistlers' from space in the lab

15.08.2018 | Physics and Astronomy

Diving robots find Antarctic winter seas exhale surprising amounts of carbon dioxide

15.08.2018 | Earth Sciences

Early opaque universe linked to galaxy scarcity

15.08.2018 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>