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Oct 19, 2020
A new tool has been developed in the United States which sheds light on COVID-19 testing equipment shortages through the supply chain. The online data collection tool has revealed the shortage of crucial supplies, including commercial testing kits needed for Covid-19 and other routine laboratory diagnostics. Microbiology laboratories in the USA have faced shortages of supplies, including COVID-19 test kits and reagents, since the beginning of the pandemic. As demand surges for COVID-19 testing, ...
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Oct 16, 2020
BIVDA EXPO 2020 - *** Online Venue Link has been Released!! *** Background & Purpose of the event:For our member companies during this difficult year, BIVDA is putting on a virtual Tradeshow with the intention for this to look and feel as close to the experience you would normally get with one of these events. Companies are being given a choice of shell scheme or floor space in 4 themed Halls. There will also be the chance to host live workshop webinars timetabled over the three days or...
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Oct 05, 2020
A new report composed by Professor Sir Mike Richards at the request of NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens has put forward recommendations for diagnostic hubs at the community level for future diagnostic procedures. The report proposes the establishment of ‘one stop shops’ for diagnostics in the UK. These would be COVID-free zones, where a range of diagnostics could be carried out together to benefit patient health at the local level. In terms of location, free spaces in high streets o...
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Oct 02, 2020
Helen presented the COVID-19 Industry View next steps to the AMS round table. Speakers included Jo Martin, Neil Woodford, Jonathan Edgeworth, Sonia Gandhi, Dame Anna Dominiczak and me. This was a 5 minute presentation (attached to this page) but there was positive discussion and acceptance that moving forwards a triple helix between Industry, Academia and the NHS was key to delivering not only a testing strategy for Covid-19, but also linking in to the future strategy.
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Sep 30, 2020
Mr Mick Mulvaney, the US special envoy to Northern Ireland, has called for optimism on both sides over the push for a trade deal between the EU and United Kingdom. The US politician is currently on a trip to the UK and Ireland for a week, starting in Northern Ireland, followed by the Republic of Ireland and then London. The Republican politician was appointed to the post of special envoy in April of this year by President Donald Trump. Mr Mulvaney made the comments urging optimism shortly after ...
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Sep 16, 2020
The Medicines and Medical Devices Bill is continuing to progress through the House of Lords. After its second reading in the House of Lords on the 2nd September, the legislation is now passing through a Committee stage. Further amendments to the Bill have now been published from this stage as a prelude to their review by a House of Lords Grand Committee. The Committee stage in the House of Lords involves detailed line by line examination of the separate parts (clauses and schedules) of a Bill. S...
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Sep 11, 2020
Two new consultations have been released by Government to which BIVDA is considering an association response on behalf of members. Members are welcome to put forward contributions or comments to these papers, please send there to helen@bivda.org.uk. The first is based on the UK National Data Strategy and the second on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property. A summary of these is attached below.
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Sep 09, 2020
 A report on diabetes care titled ‘A Vision for Digitally Enabled Diabetes Care in Europe’ has been published by MedTech Europe. The authors of the text are John J. Nolan, Adjunct Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine, Trinity College Dublin and Tanja Valentin, Director of External Affairs, MedTech Europe. The text includes views from critical stakeholders within the diabetes and wider healthcare community. Around 60 million people with diabetes live in the European Region ...
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Sep 04, 2020
Drug Tariff CommitteeThere has been a collaboration between a number of Trade Associations including BIVDA since 2005 to support products prescribed in primary care and reimbursed through the Drug Tariff (Part IX). This covers a huge number of items from stoma care and wound care as well as testing strips for product like blood glucose meters. Potentially any diagnostic used in the community could be prescribed and it may be a route which has been under-utilised. The Drug Tariff Committee has pr...
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Sep 02, 2020
The Scottish Government has published new guidance for the life sciences sector relating to coronavirus. It sets out the work of the sector in terms of test supply chain, vaccine development and the repurposing of drugs. The report is a part of the Scottish Government’s ‘Test and Protect’ priorities outlined in documents published in April and August 2020. Strategic ambitions are to expand the sector’s turnover to £8 billion in 2025. NHS National Services Scotland, ...
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