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Dec 03, 2020
The APPG for Life Sciences has continued its activities to update and inform MPs and Peers on the work of our sector over the autumn  The latest session focussed on the NICE Methods Review’s implications for patients and the life sciences sector. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently undertaking a crucial review of the methods it uses to determine whether new medicines can be offered to patients in the NHS. The review has major implications for the ...
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Nov 25, 2020
The Government has been told to improve its performance regarding testing after reports circulated of tests provided to members of the public and care homes going missing. Many reported having to wait days or weeks until they were contacted, only to be told that their test sample was unable to be located. Some care homes have even said that bags of tests taken from their residents have been mislaid and no results returned to them. As a result, they had to re-take the tests and send them back for...
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Nov 24, 2020
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told MPs that the UK should retain COVID-19 diagnostics facilities for use in testing for wider illnesses and check-ups. The infrastructure created to manage COVID-19 testing should be retained and put to further use such as routine testing procedures. Giving evidence to a Commons committee hearing, the Health Secretary stated that he wanted “this massive diagnostics capacity to be core to how we treat people in the NHS” in the long term.“Havin...
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Nov 20, 2020
Liquid handling - How pressure-over-liquid provides precise, accurate and cost-effective throughput – Webinar Invitation As part of Festo’s productivity know-how series, this 45-minute webinar will explain: The principle of a pressure-over-liquid approach and how it compares with syringe pumpsThe advantages of pressure-over -liquid such as: Greater sample throughput and increased capacity A higher level of precision and accuracy A greater bandwidth of dispense volume using...
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Nov 18, 2020
Please see below a letter from the Business Secretary Alok Sharma to the Life Sciences industry regarding preparation actions to undertake ahead of the end of the Transition Period. However, it does not contain any significant update to BEIS guidance previously sent to companies. 
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Nov 17, 2020
The Government is working with the social care sector to make coronavirus testing available to allow visitors to see loved ones in care homes by Christmas. English care homes will have access to testing services to facilitate COVID-secure visits, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed. A screening pilot scheme was launched this Monday across 20 care home sites in Hampshire, Devon and Cornwall. A wider roll-out across the country is expected in December in time for Christmas, depending on th...
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Nov 09, 2020
“Good progress” is being made on the Government’s new airport testing programme, according to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. Government’s plans for airport testing are to launch a programme just after the end of England’s lockdown on 2nd December. The progress was announced by the minister on BBC Radio 4, who said that testing could lead to a “much reduced” self-isolation period for travellers than the current 14-day mandatory timeframe. Mr Shapps tol...
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Nov 03, 2020
Liverpool is due to be the subject of the UK’s first pioneering attempt at mass COVID-19 testing. It has been announced that the trial will begin on Friday and involve testing for the virus being offered to all residents of the city, whether or not they are currently experiencing coronavirus symptoms. Follow-up testing services will also be offered to the individuals every two weeks or so. In Liverpool, the latest figures show the city recorded 352 cases per 100,000 in the week up to 30 Oc...
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Oct 28, 2020
The UK’s coronavirus testing capacity has increased through Pillar One as the country expands its testing capabilities in the midst of a second wave of the virus. Government has confirmed that testing capacity has increased by nearly 20% this week, this is thanks to a boost in capacity at Public Health England laboratories working within Pillar One of the Government’s testing strategy. PHE labs are currently processing coronavirus test results from NHS staff, patients and care home w...
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Oct 27, 2020
High street pharmacy Boots is to roll out a coronavirus testing service in selected stores across its retail network. Customers will be able to access tests which provide results within 12 minutes in-store. LumiraDx, the diagnostics company, will be the provisioner of the test kits for use in the selected stores. These tests have an accuracy of 97-98% in picking up positive cases of the virus through nasal swab samples. The tests are not yet approved for use in airport testing, meaning they cann...
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