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Space agency funds innovations to tackle health challenges

The UK Space Agency has awarded £5 million to projects using space-related technology to tackle health problems.

The investment, from the European Space Agency’s Business Applications and Space Solutions programme, includes a £1m grant to improve early detection and diagnosis of bowel cancer through an artificial intelligence system developed by the AI firm Odin Vision and researchers at University College London.

Science minister Chris Skidmore said in a statement on 29 April that this project would be “crucial” to achieving the government’s aim of preventing more than 20,000 cancer-related deaths a year by 2033, as set out in the government’s industrial strategy.

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