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Minister for Science George Freeman meets with Lacewing Developers at Conservative Party Conference

Yesterday evening The Digital Diagnostics for Africa Network joined the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester for the event Science Superpower: How Britain's Fight Against Malaria is Driving Innovation and Saving Lives, organized by Malaria No More UK in collaboration with Conservative Home. The event featured prominent British scientists to celebrate Britain as a global science superpower and leader in the battle against malaria, which continues to be one of the world's deadliest disease, taking the lives of children around world.

Just as British science has been at the forefront of fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, new drugs, potentially game changing vaccines and new technologies offer hope to eradicate malaria.

Dr Cunnington and Dr Moser talking about Lacewing technology with Minister for Science, Research and Innovation.

Dr Aubrey Cunnington and colleagues from Imperial College London – Dr Jesus Rodriguez Manzano, Dr Nicolas Moser and Ivana Pennisi (PhD student) – showcased the Lacewing device and discussed with the Minister for Science, Innovation and Research, George Freeman, the potential of portable molecular digital diagnostics technology for transforming malaria diagnosis, control and surveillance, especially in the most remote and poorly resourced settings, where access to diagnostics services is often challenging.

Minister for Science George Freeman talking with Nicolas Moser, Jesus Manzano Rodriguez and Ivana Pennisi

The event followed the publication of the report Best of British: How British-backed science can accelerate the end of malaria by Malaria No More, where Lacewing was featured as one of the most promising innovation for saving lives from malaria and combating the disease.

You can download the full report here:

The Digital Diagnostics for Africa Network at the CPC 2021

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