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Development of a universal flu vaccine and a home testing kit for lung infections are among 12 projects to have received backing from an £18m fund for medical innovation.
The Medical Research Council contributed £13m to the fund and government body Innovate UK put in £5m.
The funding allows companies and universities to develop technology to tackle major health problems.
The Medical Research Council said the fund was backing "exceptional science".
The successful projects include a device that patients can use at home to check for lung infections caused by bacteria and fungi.
The device could help minimise lung damage and improve the quality of life of patients with chronic lung diseases.
It also promises to reduce unnecessary prescription of antibiotics by GPs.
The project, led by Glasgow-based Ohmedics, received £759,000 in funding.
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