News, Policy & Media

Dec 03, 2020
The new Lighthouse Lab in Charnwood, Loughborough has begun operations, processing thousands of COVID-19 tests per day. The new facility is part of the network of Lighthouse labs as well as university and private labs which are working to expand testing capacity during the pandemic. Government has pledged a large increase in testing capacity and the onboarding of multiple sites dedicated to coronavirus testing. This site in Charnwood is expected to process up to 50,000 tests per day by early 202...
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Dec 03, 2020
BIVDA has joined up with other healthcare organisations in support of Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020. BIVDA CEO Doris-Ann Williams wrote a piece on the subject of AMR for The Guardian which launched on Tuesday 24th November inside a supplement dedicated to the campaign.  The text explains the importance of diagnostic testing in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. AMR remains a global health disaster that is already killing 700,000 people a year. It is predicted to cause 10 millio...
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Nov 30, 2020
The University of Liverpool has launched a new service to improve Research and Development access among SMEs. It is hoped that the programme will lead to better access for companies to acquire better laboratory equipment and cutting-edge technology. Investing in this area allows SMEs to build the necessary pace and agility that commercial R&D demands. Commercial teams behind the University of Liverpool’s successful Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) and the Materials Innovation Factory a...
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Nov 26, 2020
The Government has set out testing requirements for test providers involved in supplying the upcoming “Test to Release” air travel passenger testing programme. The scheme will allow air passengers to reduce their quarantine period via a confirmed negative COVID-19 test result. From 15th December, passengers will be able to purchase tests from private providers who meet the specific requirements. Minimum standards for tests directed at the private sector have thus been published for i...
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Nov 24, 2020
A survey carried out by SMEs show that nearly half say cost is a barrier to pursuing innovative activity. R&D and IP specialists GovGrant carried out the survey on health-related SMEs to gauge the factors that hold businesses back in terms of investing and carrying out innovation as part of their strategy. The research demonstrates that 76% of healthcare, 78% of medtech and 82% of pharmaceutical SMEs are aware that the government offers the R&D tax credit and Patent Box schemes to incent...
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Nov 19, 2020
Update on Government Secured Freight Capacity Further details on Government Secured Freight Capacity (GSFC) pricing and ticketing has been released this week in advance of the end of the Transition Period. Tickets will be available for purchase from next week, 23rd November and this can be arranged through current logistics providers. In order to register for the first time, details of this can be found here. To check up on a previous registration using existing credentials, please follow this l...
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Nov 13, 2020
The Department of Health and Social Care has reminded companies to register for Government freight contingency solutions which have been put in place to support industry post-Transition Period. Please see further information below: Government Secured Freight CapacityFrom 31 December 2020, Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O and Stena will be ready to deliver capacity on up to 9 routes, operating from 8 potential ports in England, equivalent to over 3,000 HGV's per week.  As a category ...
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Nov 12, 2020
HMRC have published a policy paper covering a change to the research and development (R&D) tax relief rules for small and medium-sized enterprises. The measure in question limits the amount of payable R&D tax credit which a SME can claim to £20,000 plus 300% of its total Pay as you Earn (PAYE) and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) liability for the period. Exemptions will be made to a company which is a) involved with Intellectual Property (IP) and b) does not spend more than...
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Nov 12, 2020
Oxford University has teamed up with Thermo Fisher to increase resource availability and access to useful COVID-19 testing data. Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $25 billion. The new rapid testing laboratory and jointly developed Thermo Scientific OmnipathTM Combi SARS-CoV-2 IgG ELISA test detects and quantifies antibodies against the coronavirus and increases the University of Oxford’s testing capacity to up to 50,000 test...
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Nov 10, 2020
The rapid coronavirus tests that are being rolled out for use in Liverpool’s mass testing pilot scheme will now be rolled out across local authorities and cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle. The move comes as part of the Prime Minister’s ‘Operation Moonshot’ programme which aims at making mass testing part of daily life across the UK. Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has said mass testing, like that seen in Liverpool, would be rolled ...
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