Advanced Science News coverage of recent Small paper

Amanda Mickley-Gass of Wiley’s online science magazine Advanced Science News recently published a summary of our recent paper on how therapeutics can be crystallized in gels.

The full story is available open access here:


Crystallizing drugs in gels

In a new report just published in Small, researcher at the University of Melbourne, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Imperial College London, explore the use of various gels for crystallizing therapeutics.

The gels could help direct how the crystals formed, and changed both their size and morphology.

These types of gels may help advance our understanding of how drug crystals form—which may enable us to make more effective medicines—while also showing promise for drug delivery applications.

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Policy paper: The future of European Research Funding

New policy paper published. This paper was prepared by the Policy Working Group of the Marie Curie Alumni Association with contributions from qBionano’s Mattias.

It presents policy recommendations for the upcoming European funding programme (FP9) which will follow Horizon 2020 and be on the order of €100 billion.

“Like Horizon 2020, this will set the direction for European research for many years to come, so it’s important that as many of us as possible make our voices heard now when these decisions are being made”, Mattias said about the document. “To keep attracting and retaining the best minds, Europe needs to keep showing leadership on important topics ranging from open science and mental health of researchers, to promoting diversity and equality.”

Links: Press release and PDF of position paper

Post in the LSE Impact Blog just published!


The world of scholarly publishing is in upheaval. As the open science and open research movements rapidly gain momentum, the access restrictions and paywalls of many publishers put them at odds with growing parts of the research community. Mattias Björnmalm suggests there is one way for publishers to once again become central, valued members of the research community: by pivoting from a focus on research distribution to processing and interpretation. A key challenge today is making sense of the enormous amount of new information constantly being generated. Publishers are in a unique position to develop algorithm-assisted approaches that can address this challenge; understanding and establishing networks and connections within the research literature and identifying new trends and patterns.