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NEWS

08/04/2016 - MINERVA HOSTS VISIT FROM CHINESE FDA

In April Minerva had the pleasure of hosting a visit from a delegation of representatives from the Chinese Yunnan Province Food and Drug Administration Bureau. The delegation comprised 11 senior representatives who are visiting the UK to explore the advanced UK food and pharmaceutical testing and quality assurance markets, as well as seeking professional advice for possible future consultancy and cooperation opportunities. Yunnan Province owns one of the most prosperous herbal medicine resources in China.

23/05/2015 - Minerva Scientific featured in BeeCraft magazine

Minerva’s honey testing operations have recently featured in an article in BeeCraft magazine – ‘The Informed Voice of British Beekeeping’.

Click here to read the full article.

23/05/2015 - Minerva Scientific featured in The Grocer magazine follow-up article on Manuka honey

Following-on from the article published in The Grocer last year, Minerva Scientific were again commissioned to carry-out testing for the magazines’ follow-up article on the subject.

Click here to read the full article.

27/10/2014 - Minerva Scientific weighs in on labelling guidelines for manuka honey.

Earlier this year the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) released new voluntary guidelines for the labelling of manuka honey. Grocer magazine interviewed Dr David Hoyland of Minerva Scientific for an article on the subject.

Click here to read the full article.

Below are the new guidelines and associated background document to which the article refers :

Interim Labelling Guide for Manuka Honey
Science and Characterising Manuka Honey

27/07/2014 - Minerva Scientific is expanding

Minerva Scientific recently secured a £200,000 grant and loan package from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund to increase the size of its Spondon site.

The project, which is due to be completed by the end of 2014, is part of a £735,000 investment in new facilities and high-tech laboratory testing equipment.

Read more in this Derby Evening Telegraph article: Growth cash creates a buzz at Minerva

15/07/2014 - Minerva Scientific commissioned by "The Grocer" for Manuka Honey study

Minerva Scientific was recently commissioned by "The Grocer" to test randomly selected jars of manuka honey from UK stores to see if activity levels were in line with what was stated on the label. The results were surprising and highlight the need for more rigorous testing.

Click here to read the full article.

Minerva was also featured in the articles below:

The Telegraph
The Daily Mail
The Independent

7/12/2013 - Minerva support budding scientist on Malaysian Field Trip

Matthew taking part in a quad-bike tour of Tioman Island.

Minerva recently sponsored a future higher education hopeful to send him on the trip of a lifetime. Matthew Hoyland is a sixth former at The Kimberley School in Nottingham. Matthew has previously received both vital work experience and holiday work in the Company. He is currently studying Biology, Food Science and Chemistry at A-level and is he is striving to become a future scientist. We supported Matthew financially to help him on his journey to Malaysia for him to study at the University of Nottingham Malaysia campus, carrying out research on different aspects including food chemistry, microbiology and nutrition. Through sponsoring Matthew we were able to supply him with funds and resources to enable him to be able to take part in this epic adventure, ensuring he gained all the educational advantages available. Below are some details on what Matthew and the other 14 students that were lucky enough to visit the magnificent tropical country got up to on the trip.

Analysing the different flavours of distinct Malaysian fruits

The group of A Level biology students embarked on the once-in-a-lifetime biodiversity field trip to The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) in July ‘13. The group were hosted by the newly established Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC), their mission — to carry out marine biodiversity surveys and investigate ‘foods of the future’ at CFFRC — the world’s first centre dedicated to research on underutilized crops. Chris Teal, Head at Kimberley and graduate of The University of Nottingham told local media, from which interest in the trip was widespread - “This is learning at its absolute best. Our students have been working alongside research scientists on genuine projects unfettered by the constraints of the classroom. There is no doubt some of these students will be amongst the next generation of research scientists.” The tropical trip of a lifetime formed part of an ongoing link with Kimberley School, CFFRC and UNMC.


Professor Sayed Azam-Ali, CEO of Crops for the Future Research Centre, told local media: “The visit provided a unique opportunity for 15 A Level biology students from Nottinghamshire to experience Malaysia’s rich tropical diversity. They spent five days on Tioman Island carrying out a detailed marine biodiversity study. Afterwards they returned to UNMC and CFFRC to finish their project work on indigenous fruits and vegetables and experience Malaysian culture and the generous hospitality of the families who hosted them.



Dr Raffaele Del Buono, Head of Biology at Kimberley School, said: “This trip was a huge challenge but a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience what was a once in a lifetime visit. The students gained huge academic benefits from this trip and the experience of it will be something that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.” While in Malaysia the students featured in a report on national TV news and gave a one hour interview for national radio. They also took part in creating a documentary which was to been shown on Malaysian National News, this was used as a big publicity boost for the trip, involving the whole country in their adventure. The video can be found here:- http://youtu.be/WZTRECpOjuY


Matthew and colleagues diving in the Mangroves carrying out conservation work on Tioman Island.

29/10/2013 - Minerva Scientific Director runs Tough Mudder in support of Animals Asia

Minerva Scientific director Kai Madden ran the 11 mile Tough Mudder earlier this month in a bear costume. He is raising money and awareness for Animals Asia, an animal welfare organization working to end to the practice of farming bears for their bile, which is used in traditional medicines.

You can still support Kai at www.crowdrise.com/moonbear.

Here's a link to the video:
How to do Tough Mudder Obstacles in a Bear Costume

20/10/2013 - Etwall United U14 start the season off nicely

Etwall United's under 14 team are off to a great start again this season.

Here are some of their recent results so far:

19/10/2013: Allestree Juniors  1      Etwall Utd  11
05/10/2013: Little Eaton U14 1        Etwall Utd  1
14/09/2013: Rocester U14 1            Etwall Utd  3 

Keep up the great work lads!

28/04/2013 - Etwall United Win The League Title

With one game still to go, Minerva Sponsored Etwall United clinched the U13 league title with a 5-nil win over the Ashbourne Aztecs. With 54 Points, they are 6 points clear.

Here's the winning team:

1.Alex Cheetham
2.Harry Freeborough
3.Rob Knowles
4.Will Darvill
5. Charlie Clarke (captain)
6.Cameron Bird
7.Owen Nixon
8.Mason Proctor-Smith(1)
9.Will Felgate(2)
10.Joe Mather
11.Tom Hamp
12.Joe Bilbie
13.Ben Jones
14.Luke Proudler(2)

Manager John Freeborough: "Thank you very much for sponsoring us, without Terry or yourself none of this would have been possible – Division 1 here we come, we fancy a crack at that."

Well done to all the lads, John, and assistant manager Darren Ashmole! Looking forward to next season.

27/04/2013 - Nick Salvin from PerkinElmer reaches Everest Base Camp, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support

And here's the picture to prove it...

He has almost reached his goal of £7,500 and is still taking donations at the following link: http://www.justgiving.com/Nick-Dave-Everest-2013

20/03/2013 - MINERVA SCIENTIFIC NOW OFFERING ‘BUTE’ TESTING OF ADULTERATED MEAT

Phenylbutazone Testing in meat and meat products.
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Analysis by HPLC MS/MS. Reporting limit of 5µg/kg phenylbutazone.
Please contact us for further information.

2/11/2012 - Minerva Scientific again support Nick Salvin from PerkinElmer who is undertaking a third charity challenge in aid of Macmillan

In 2007 a friend and I both turned 40 and we decided to do a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip. We signed up to do a charity challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support. It was to hike the Inca Trail in Peru to the famous lost city of the Incas; Machu Picchu. It was an amazing experience and we managed to raise over £8,000 for Macmillan who do tremendous work to help those suffering with cancer. We enjoyed the experience so much that we decided to do another.

So we signed up for another Macmillan challenge; climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; the highest mountain in Africa. We knew this was going to be much tougher than the Inca Trail and we trained twice as hard. We also hit the fundraising trail again and managed to raise another £8,000 for Macmillan. This was much more difficult than the Inca Trail mainly due to the altitude, the weather (the cold) and being out, walking and camping, on the mountain for 7 days. In fact, the final ascent to the summit (at 5895m) was the hardest thing I have ever done. It was absolutely exhausting. However, reaching the top and looking down over Africa gave me an amazing sense of achievement. This was in 2010.

We have now decided to do a third (and final if my wife gets her way) challenge. So, in March 2013 we will set off to Nepal to hike to the base camp of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the World. This will be our hardest challenge yet and so we have a long year of training and fundraising ahead of us. We are aiming to raise another £7,500 for Macmillan. This time the money raised will be specifically used to help fund a new Macmillan Cancer Unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary. This is my local hospital and is where the mother of one of the members of our team is being treated for terminal cancer.



My family, friends and colleagues have been so generous in supporting me in my previous fundraising challenges, and in particular Minerva Scientific who have been my biggest supporter. Minerva Scientific have again agreed to support us with our latest challenge but we are still seeking additional support.

You can sponsor us at http://www.justgiving.com/Nick-Dave-Everest-2013 Many thanks in advance, your support means a lot to me.

Nick Salvin (nick.salvin@perkinelmer.com)

27/10/2012 - Etwall United top of the table

Minerva Scientific is proud to sponsor Etwall United's under 13 team. They have had a terrific season so far under the coaching of manager John Freeborough and assistant manager Darren Ashmole.

Here are some of their recent results which have them at the top of the table:

10/11/2012: Allestree Juniors  0      Etwall Utd  6
03/11/2012: Little Eaton Diamonds 1   Etwall Utd  19 
27/10/2012: Melbourne United 1        Etwall Utd  18 
20/10/2012: Ashbourne Aztecs Lions 1  Etwall Utd  6 
29/09/2012: Little Eaton Diamonds 2   Etwall Utd  6    
22/09/2012: Allestree Juniors Colts 0 Etwall Utd  8    
16/08/2012: Allestree Juniors Colts 0 Etwall Utd  15                         
09/08/2012: Chellaston Boys 0         Etwall Utd  10

Congratulations lads. Keep up the good work!

9/10/2012 - Minerva welcomes new interns from France

At the end of June we said goodbye to our two French students Davina and Peirrick and to Natalia, our Polish Student, they all joined us on a years internship in July 2011. In mid July this year we welcomed three new French Students Nathalie, Caroline and Perig, all from Lyon University.

Périg Clement is an engineering student originally from Nevers in the Center of France. He plays Rugby for local Derbyshire team Leesbrook and is the fourth player that Minerva has provided for Leesbrook, from our regular supply of French Students on internships each year.

Caroline Petit is studying to be a chemical engineer at Lyon CPE. She is from Aix en Provence, and came to Minerva for one year’s internship to learn more techniques and have experience working abroad. After work she likes to keep fit playing various sports and also enjoys new experiences, travel and discovering new things with her friends and family. In the future she would like to work in the food or cosmetic field, in quality control or formulation.

Nathalie Fabbri is 21 years old and comes from Hyères-les-Palmiers in the South of France. She has two brothers, one older and one younger. "I have got many different hobbies like horse riding, tennis, hiking, biking, cooking! I like animals, that is why I have got two horses, one dog, chickens and turtles at home. It is not easy to leave all of them but I think, this year will be very rewarding and good for me."

We hope they all enjoy their roles within Minerva and also their year in the UK.

Alma Madden

20/5/2012 - Minerva Director runs Tough Mudder for Moon Bears

Minerva Scientific Director Kai Madden risked life and limb running the Tough Mudder in Pennsylvania, USA on May 12th to raise money for Animals Asia's Moon Bear Rescue. Though he didn't win the Groupon Earth Day Challenge, he was able to raise $20,000 in three weeks which will go towards the rescue and care of bears that languish on bile farms in China & Vietnam.

An article on the effort published in the Derby Evening Telegraph can be found here.

A huge thank you goes out to to Steve Watt, and also Ed & Nick from Perkin Elmer for sponsoring Kai's fundraiser. Take a look here for more information. Donations are still accepted and are greatly appreciated.

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