Deadline is extended for science prize

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THE deadline has been extended for a competition offering free access to innovative new technology that could help accelerate scientific research in the region.

York-based Aptamer Solutions, which develops molecular devices known as aptamers for use in life-sciences research, is offering £50,000 worth of aptamer selection services as a competition prize at the one-day BioYorkshire 2012 event in York on December 5.

“Aptamers are fast becoming a replacement for antibodies in all kinds of scientific applications, from diagnostics to targeted therapeutics,” said the company. Competition entrants must be based in the UK, conducting biotech-based research and have at least one representative at BioYorkshire 2012. They must also register their idea by the new deadline of noon on Thursday.

Application forms can be obtained by emailing