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Cambridge is UKs second biggest tech start-up hotbed outside of London
November 29, 2021
Cambridge has placed second behind Manchester for tech start-up activity outside of London, a new study has revealed.
Prince Charles opens new £1bn AstraZeneca research centre in Cambridge
November 23, 2021
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has officially opened AstraZeneca's new £1bn research centre in Cambridge.
Cambridge University launches new Design Tripos course aimed at tackling climate change
November 17, 2021
The University of Cambridge has launched a new undergraduate course, its first new degree for years, which is aimed at tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges, including achieving carbon net zero.
Cambridge electronics firm named Tech Scale-Up of the Year
October 21, 2021
A Cambridge electronics company that specialises in developing greener semiconductors has been named “Tech Scale-Up of the Year” in the Business Weekly Awards.
The Cambridge company looking to provide UK-wide 5G coverage via hydrogen-powered aircraft
October 21, 2021
A Cambridge company is looking to provide UK-wide 5G coverage via hydrogen-powered aircraft. If rolled out, the solution could put an end to inconsistent, unreliable internet connectivity in rural and secluded areas.
Surgical robotics business to build new global manufacturing facility in Cambridgeshire
October 14, 2021
A global surgical robotics business has confirmed it will open a new large-scale manufacturing facility in Cambridgeshire.
Cambridge scientists win 2.2m prize for DNA reading advances
September 29, 2021
Two Cambridge researchers have been awarded the biggest and most lucrative prize in science for their work on dramatically improving the speed and reducing the cost of reading DNA.
Cambridge-led research project to make the UK a global digital roads technology leader
September 24, 2021
An exciting research project, led by Cambridge engineers, will explore how innovative technologies can help predict the location of potholes and other maintenance issues across the nation’s road network.
BioMed Reality invests £850m in two new Cambridge lab sites
September 13, 2021
Cambridge’s life sciences sector is set to receive a huge boost after BioMed Reality announced it is investing £850m building 800,000 sq. ft. of additional high-quality, purpose-built lab space in the city.
Cambridge semiconductor startup secures 1.5m in funding to develop innovative RF chip
August 23, 2021
A Cambridge semiconductor startup is looking to capitalise on the growing demand for sleek, region-specific smartphones with its innovative, frequency agile, tunable RF front-end chip.
13 semi-finalists announced in Cambridge Enterprise’s Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan Competition
August 18, 2021
Cambridge Enterprise, the technology arm of the University of Cambridge, has announced the semi-finalists in the 2021 Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan Competition.
More than £24m of funding for industrial studentships
August 11, 2021
Over 200 doctoral students will benefit from more than £24 million of funding to work on pressing research challenges with UK businesses through this year’s Industrial Co-operative Awards in Science and Technology studentships.
Plant-based spider silk could one day replace everyday single-use plastics
July 26, 2021
Single-use plastics could one day become a thing of the past, thanks to a new material developed by Cambridge scientists which imitates spider silk.
F1 to fund engineering degree at Cambridge University for underrepresented youngster
July 22, 2021
Formula One (F1) is to fully fund an undergraduate from an underrepresented background to study for an engineering degree at the University of Cambridge.
Cambridge scientists develop world first brain tumour urine and blood tests
July 14, 2021
Scientists in Cambridge have developed a world first test that can detect the presence of glioma, a type of brain tumour, using a patient’s urine or blood plasma.
New battery tech could see phones, laptops charging in five minutes or less
June 25, 2021
A battery breakthrough by scientists at the University of Cambridge could lower laptop, phone and other lithium-ion-powered gadgets charging time to five minutes or less.
PM Boris Johnson vows to make UK a scientific superpower
June 21, 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today (Monday 21st June) unveiled plans to cement the UK’s status as a “global science superpower”.
Chip maker Arm has co-founded a ‘deep tech’ accelerator in Cambridge
June 10, 2021
UK chip designer Arm has co-founded a new start-up accelerator in Cambridge, the aim of which is to help fledgling “deep tech” firms grow into the tech giants of tomorrow.
Team of Cambridge researchers and engineers forges new lithium-ion battery production methodology
May 25, 2021
team of researchers and engineers from Cambridge has developed a next-generation lithium-ion battery, designed to meet the density and cost requirements for future electric vehicles (EVs). Now, the team is embarking on the road to commercialization.
UK employment confidence continues to surge - CIPD
May 17, 2021
From the 17th of May, coronavirus restrictions across England, Wales and most of Scotland will ease, with indoor entertainment and attractions, hospitality venues and holiday accommodation all set to reopen. As a result, many employers are planning recruitment drives, with some looking to hire at the fastest rate in eight years, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) says.
Cambridge Biomedical Campus will double in size in next 20 years – report
May 14, 2021
Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC), the largest employment site in Cambridge, has published its emerging Vision for future evolution and development, including plans to double its workforce over the next 20 years.
Perseverance rover makes breathable air on Mars for the first time
April 28, 2021
NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover continues to notch up world firsts, now becoming the first device in history to extract oxygen from the Martian Planet.
UK Government to block the sale of Cambridge tech company Arm on national security grounds
April 22, 2021
The sale of Arm Holdings, one of Cambridge’s largest technology companies, to US-based Nvidia is being blocked by the UK Government for national security reasons.
Tech allows scientists to confirm new octopus species without the need for dissection
April 19, 2021
Discovering a potential new animal species is exciting. But to confirm their thoughts, scientists typically need to perform a dissection, essentially killing the specimen. However, MRI and CT scan technologies could provide another option.
Cambridge in top 5 tech hubs for VC investment last year
March 30, 2021
Cambridge ranked in the top 5 cities outside London when it came to VC investment in 2020, new research from Tech Nation shows.

While London was ranked number one for tech investment, Cambridge joined Oxford, Bristol and Edinburgh in the top 5, attracting $193 million of VC tech investment in 2020.
Demand for cloud, AI, blockchain and robotics skills rises – Accenture
March 22, 2021
The number of technology jobs in the UK has witnessed a significant decline (57%) over the past year, with fewer than 55,000 open roles advertised, according to the latest UK Tech Talent Tracker from Accenture. However, despite this rather disappointing trend, demand for skills in cutting-edge technologies is on the up.
Cambridge university tech spinout secures £3.7m in funding
March 10, 2021
A Cambridge University tech spinout has raised £3.7m as part of a series C funding. Wound healing medtech firm Inotec AMD says it will use the funds to help it expand in the United States and other commercial markets.
NASA Releases Dramatic High-Res Video of Perseverance Rover Landing on Mars
February 24, 2021
NASA has released some dramatic high-res video of its Perseverance Rover landing on Mars. The first-of-its-kind video shows the unmanned exploration vehicle touching down on the Red Planet’s surface and also includes the first audio recorded on Mars.
Cambridge Engineers Unveil Digital Twin to Support the 'Future of Farming'
February 24, 2021
Hydroponic farming – which basically skips the soil and sees plants grown in nutrient-rich water -- is challenging traditional methods. To ensure the ongoing operational success of such farms, Cambridge engineers have developed a Digital Twin that provides bespoke feedback to farmers.
Accelerate Cambridge-Backed Antiviral Coating Venture Wins Government Funding
February 16, 2021
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the immense importance of keeping surfaces and other areas we come into contact with clean and sanitised. To help with this plight, a Suffolk company – backed by the Accelerate Cambridge programme – has developed an innovative antiviral coating technology that kills viruses, including Covid-19, on any surface. And it has now won government funding to help further its work.
SpaceX Successfully Launches a Record 143 Satellites on One Rocket
January 28, 2021
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has set a record for the number of satellites launched into orbit on a single rocket. The ambitious rideshare mission — called Transporter-1 — saw one of SpaceX’s veteran Falcon 9 boosters lift off with 143 small satellites aboard, before successfully landing at sea.
Former Cambridge University Nuclear Engineering Student Could Become the First Woman to Walk on the Moon
January 22, 2021
A former University of Cambridge alumna could become the first woman to walk on the moon. Kayla Barron, a Gates Cambridge Scholar and NASA astronaut, has been selected to become part of NASA’s Artemis Team. This makes Kayla eligible for the next astronaut missions, which could see her become the first woman to step foot on Earth’s only natural satellite.
New Five-story Lab and Office Building to Rise at Cambridge Biomedical Campus
January 12, 2021
A new five-storey laboratory and office building will rise at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus after plans for its construction were approved by councillors.

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