Plextek are delighted to congratulate Nigel Whittle on his nomination and election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biologists.

This prestigious award recognizes his contribution to life sciences throughout his career, both as a scientist and business development professional. Nigel was instrumental in the discovery of human oncogenes whilst working with CRUK, and subsequently went on to help develop monoclonal antibodies as an effective medical therapy with Celltech, the UK’s first biotechnology company, and then later supervised the development of anti-viral vaccines at Cantab Pharmaceuticals. As a business development professional, he helped establish spin-out companies from Kings College London and was recruited as a technology consultant to the UK government, supporting life science collaborations across the world. The award also recognizes Nigel’s promotion of the global life science industry, through numerous speaking engagements and mentoring roles with early-stage companies.

The Royal Society of Biology is a unified voice for the UK’s life science industry, advising Government and influencing policy, and advancing education and professional development. Nigel’s membership will provide a platform for further engagement with the life science community across the UK and an opportunity to further build the company’s credibility in the sector.

Nigel commented: ‘The vision of the Society is of a world that understands the true value of biology and how it can contribute to improving life for all. Never has this ambition been more important than in the current pandemic’.

20th August 2020: Laurence Weir, technology implementation lead at design and engineering consultancy Plextek, reacts to the recent media storm over hands-free cars ‘coming soon’. Read more in the Autonomous Vehicle International news article linked below.

The UK government has pledged to start the legal process of getting hands-free cars on motorways early next year. This is a development which follows similar announcements in many other countries. So, what are hands-free cars, and why is their implementation so important?

A stepping stone: hands-free doesn’t mean driverless First things first – hands-free cars are not driverless cars. While the car is in hands-free mode, the driver must stay in the driver’s seat, alert to the road, having to take over manual control at any time the onboard computer deems necessary.

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20 November 2020: Dr. Nigel Whittle, Head of Medical & Healthcare & Stephen Guy, Principal Consultant for Design Momentum Ltd feature in Pharmafield news article on distribution and scaling up a Covid-19 vaccine.

“The development and distribution of a safe and effective vaccine is widely seen as the best resolution to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the most likely route back to normal life and economic conditions. There are estimated to be 300 vaccine candidates in development and dozens of clinical trials currently taking place, with some early front runners talking about vaccines becoming available in the next few months.

The UK government has already ordered 340 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from several different manufacturers, with the hope that at least one will prove effective. If all of them prove successful, this would be enough to provide a single dose of vaccine to more than five times the UK population – however, this scenario is unlikely.”

Read the full article here: Distribution and scaling up a Covid-19 vaccine

About Plextek

Plextek is an innovative electronic engineering consultancy with huge expertise in sensing, data collection and communications services. The company has extensive experience of developing highly complex and innovative products for a range of sectors, including medical & healthcare. In a world of rapid change, the company prides itself on its ability to solve the hardest engineering problems to deliver effective solutions to meet our clients’ needs.

23rd September 2020: Nigel Whittle, Head of Medical & Health, features in Silicon UK Tech news article on how wearable technology is the key to long-term fitness.

“Dr Nigel Whittle, head of medical and Healthcare at design and engineering consultancy, Plextek explained to Silicon UK: “It is only when this data is combined and cross-referenced that we are able to build a complete profile of our overall health. This integrated approach to health monitoring and measurement can also provide more accurate alerts to anomalous physiological changes. These then have the potential to identify deteriorating health or the onset of a serious medical problem.”

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10th September 2020: Nigel Whittle, Head of Medical & Health, features in Med-Tech Innovation news article on The effect of lockdown on mental health, and how VR can help.

“Dr Nigel Whittle, head of medical & healthcare at design and engineering consultancy Plextek, looks at the devastating effects of lockdown on mental health and considers the varying uses of VR technology in combatting the rise in anxiety, depression and feelings of hopelessness.”

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