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PetMedix co-founder makes Forbes ‘30 under 30’ list
Dr Jolyon Martin.

Dr Jolyon Martin is the only honouree from an animal health firm

PetMedix co-founder Dr Jolyon Martin has been included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe List for Science and Healthcare 2021.

The 28-year-old head of business development
has been instrumental in translating human health technology breakthroughs into companion animals. 

While undertaking his PhD at the University of Cambridge, Dr Martin developed a transgenic mouse platform that can create fully canine antibodies - technology that now forms the basis of the PetMedix technology.

Dr Martin commented: “I am honoured to be included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and excited to join the global network of fellow entrepreneurs. I’ve always had a passion for animals, having been surrounded by dogs growing up. 

“We also have increasing evidence about the close links between the health and welfare of pets and their human owners. I am thrilled that my work at PetMedix, developing therapeutics to fill a yawning gap in the provision of precision medicine for pets, has been recognised among such outstanding fellow honourees.”  

The Forbes list contains young entrepreneurs across 10 categories who have achieved excellence in their field. Dr Martin is the only honouree from an animal health firm to be included on this year’s list.


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Budding 'Dr Dolittles' sought for writing competition

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 Vets are being invited to enter a writing competition run by the Page Turner Awards for a chance to get their story published or even made into a film.

Dubbed the 'Rolls Royce' of writing awards, the Page Turner competition provides an opportunity for aspiring writers to submit unpublished fiction and non-fiction work to be read by a panel of influential players in the publishing industry.

A spokesperson said: 'Do you think of yourself as a magical healer, like Dr Dolittle. Or maybe you have a story to share about the times when, sadly, animals can't be treated, and pet owners reflect on those moments they took for granted."

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Avian influenza confirmed in Lancashire

A case of highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N8) avian influenza has been confirmed in two captive peregrine falcons on a non-commercial, non-poultry premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

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