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David Phillips
Senior Business Manager
UCL Business PLC
Women's Health & Obstetrics

Formulations for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects

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{{start}} Exploring ways to prevent birth defects, researchers at the UCL Institute of Child Health have discovered novel supplements that if taken in pregnancy can reduce the chance of the baby having neural tube defects such as spina bifida or anencephaly. These are important in pregnancies where folic acid and other supplements are not as effective. A new patent has been filed we are supporting work to validate and test combinations in animal models. {{end}}


<h2>Market Opportunity</h2> 

Maternal folic acid supplementation during early pregnancy reduces the risk of neural tube defects. However studies have shown that around 30-50% of neural tube defects are not preventable by folic acid and additional therapies are needed.


<h2>Further Information</h2> 

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