The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Ancon Technologies is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.
Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles
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Inventor Dr Gorbunov
Chemical and second-generation
Across the globe, the news broadcasts a seemingly endless
parade of emerging new threats that compromise
both safety and peace of mind. From terror attacks to
pandemic diseases, the world has never seemed more insecure,
challenged by hazards that look unrecognisable, unpredictable
or unstoppable. Whether the threat is from an explosive
device, a deadly disease or an illegal narcotic, early detection
has always been the first line of defence. Many of the current
systems designed to provide early warning rely on technology
that is decades old, with slow reaction times and high costs.
ANCON Technologies is now entering a period which will see its
developments in detection equipment for security and medical
applications change the market fundamentally.
An innovative early detection technology
Now, we are using the emerging field of nanotechnology to bring about a
fundamental transformation in the science supporting early warning sensors. The
Canterbury-based, privately owned company is developing breakthrough chemical
detection technology, a new level of detection that will disrupt the traditional
security industry marketplace.
Nanotechnology molecular tagging (NMT) offers the most sensitive detection of
trace chemicals in the atmosphere to date. The applications are broad reaching,
providing accurate detection of explosive materials, quick warning of radioactivity
and early diagnosis of disease infection.
»CEO (UK): Dr Robert Muir
»Development director (UK)
and CEO (US): Wesley Baker
»Established in 2003
»Based in Canterbury, Kent,
and Bloomington, Minnesota
»Services: Medical, security
and aerosol technology
»No. of employees: 15
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A timely solution to an urgent
As threats of chemical attack continue
to mount, government officials are
pushing for better security standards,
with regulations requiring upgraded
equipment in some transportation
systems and the implementation of
mass screening of venues.
The need for early detection methods
has never been more evident. The
chemical attack this year in Salisbury
showed the danger that chemicals
continue to pose to the public.
We offer a state-of-the-art security
device that can swiftly and reliably
detect the presence of explosives,
chemicals or other compounds
through precise atmospheric readings,
which are accurate down to the
molecular level. This advantage makes
our security products a thousand times
more sensitive than market leaders.
Disruptive breakthrough in
screening, diagnosis and
We have developed a “once-in-
a-generation technology” known
as nanoparticle biomarker tagging
(NBT). The mission is to bring this
technology to the medical screening
and diagnostic market. NBT will have
a similar impact in today’s healthcare
market as the MRI and x-ray created in
the past and will generate very-early-
stage screening and diagnosis via a
non-invasive breath test.
This technique uses biomarker disease
profiling and the latest artificial
intelligence software, so every patient
increases the knowledge stored in
the cloud database and the screening
process becomes ever more accurate.
Nanoparticle biomarker tagging:
non-invasive, quick and precise
NBT screening and diagnosis systems
will be in every medical clinic, hospital,
pharmacy and public health setting,
providing real-time early-stage
screening and diagnosis for cancers
and other diseases, leading to effective,
personalised treatments that will save
lives, improve quality of life and reduce
the cost of long-term medical care.
The NBT will also be used as a disease
management tool, monitoring the effects
of treatments such as chemotherapy
and radiotherapy in a live data setting.
Nanoparticle biomarker tagging is the
only technology that directly detects
concentration, through an inventive
process that tags and counts the
elemental unit of mass – the single
molecule through breath. This non-
invasive, versatile technology is truly at
the cutting edge of innovation in the
medical device industry.
How nanoparticle biomarker
Nanoparticle biomarker tagging
can be utilised as the foundation of
a device that serves as a portable
micro-laboratory. The process is similar
to gas chromatography with mass
spectrometry detection; however, the
latter requires a high vacuum that
makes it expensive, slow and suitable
only for laboratory study. Conversely,
nanoparticle biomarker tagging
technology ionises a breath sample, tags
the ions with specially generated nano-
objects and then uses a laser to count
the molecules, to identify the biomarker
chemicals and to gauge concentrations.
The nano-objects serve to increase
the physical volume of each targeted
Non-invasive lung cancer
screening and diagnosis
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molecule by more than one billion times,
making it visible to optical lasers for
counting. It is cheap and cost-effective
Once the results are received via the
NBT, the device creates a specific
unique profile of the patient’s breath
and, using artificial machine learning
technology in the cloud, builds a matrix
for screening the patient. This is, in
effect, Star Trek technology. The patient
breathes into the device for one minute
and a result is provided in under ten
minutes for the medical professional.
This approach leads to many advantages,
»Unprecedented sensitivities to be
able to screen and diagnose disease;
»Simplicity of use allowing for
professionals to be utilised elsewhere
while test is ongoing;
»Cheap and cost-effective to deliver;
»Non-invasive and quick allowing for
mass screening capability that is easy
»Results generated in a short time
frame saving time and money for the
The result is a real-time, non-invasive
screening detection device that outpaces
current technology in many qualities,
including costs, sensitivity and portability.
Versatile applications, limitless
With its advance research programme,
we are targeting our product
development towards the new
generation of detection devices.
For security providers, the technology
is programmed for accurate, sensitive
detection of trace elements of explosive
material, but it can be adapted to
detect radiation or illegal narcotics.
In the healthcare industry, the technology
provides a method for rapid early
screening and diagnosis of infectious
diseases like tuberculosis and influenza,
and also lung cancer, simply by
checking a subject’s breath for chemical
biomarkers that indicate the disease.
The same medical applications can also
be extended to veterinary medicine,
with further uses for petrochemical and
food safety functions also in the works.
The path to market
This is only our beginning; we
seek to build a revenue model on
manufacturing in the medical device
industry and licensing within the
security industry and supplying key
components to “prime” defence
and security suppliers. Furthermore,
we are looking to develop long-term
partnerships with numerous civil bodies
across the UK and the US including the
NHS and Homeland Security.
As threats continue to develop, so
must the means by which to combat
them, be this in explosives, chemicals
or weaponised disease. Without
fundamental improvements in
technology, many of these vulnerabilities
remain a threat every day to Britons and
citizens the world over. We are poised
to revolutionise both security detection
and medical diagnosis worldwide with
advanced products and technology that
stand to disrupt the current marketplace
while making the world a safer place.
tagging (NBT) is quick
and easy to use
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review
This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.
In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.
We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.
With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.
And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.
As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.