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Mar 11, 2022
The Government have today announced a number of loan competitions worth up to £150 million to support research and development projects from the UK’s most innovative businesses. Funded by Innovate UK, the scheme aims to supports projects which are determined to have the greatest chance of bolstering future economic growth while concurrently tackling social challenges.The Government views this initiative as key to supporting the plans set out in the Innovation Strategy, which was rele...
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Mar 11, 2022
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid attended the CEPI Global Pandemic Preparedness Summit 2022 this Tuesday 8 March where he made a speech on the UK’s readiness to react to public health threats as well as the required focus on vaccinations and diagnostics.CEPI is an innovative global partnership between public, private, philanthropic, and civil society organisations. It works to accelerate the development of vaccines against emerging infectious diseases and enable equitable acces...
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Mar 04, 2022
This new campaign’s novel approach focuses on tackling the fear of cancer itself rather than specific symptoms to try to detect cancers early. Its key message, which will run across both traditional and social media, is: if you feel something is wrong, then get checked. The aim of this is to give patients peace of mind or, if something is indeed wrong, the best chance of successful treatment through an early diagnosis.NHS data has shown that anxiety about cancer is widespread and can have ...
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Mar 04, 2022
The Government has stated that £200 million will be spent on making NHS data more readily available for research and increasing its security and accessibility. It is hoped that this will allow the NHS to deliver innovative new treatments faster and increase diversity in clinical trials to combat existing health inequalities.In a further boost to the life sciences sector, the remaining money will be used to create a £60 million Life Sciences Innovative Manufacturing Fund (LSIMF). The ...
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Feb 25, 2022
The Government’s plans to establish a minimum of 100 community diagnostic centres (CDCs) across the country face major difficulties as medical leaders have warned that they lack the 6,000 staff necessary to run them. Health Minister Edward Argar has previously confirmed that CDCs will require an extra 3,500 radiographers, 2,000 radiologists and 500 senior nurses in order to operate.This news comes at a time when the NHS already faces a crippling workforce crisis, and many senior figures ar...
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Jan 28, 2022
The amending regulation which extends the transitional provisions of the IVD Regulation has become EU law and comes into force from today. This is immediately applicable in all member states, and will allow for further preparation time for companies depending on device classification.Regulation (EU) 2022/112 extends the IVDR transitional periods, allowing most devices with their EC Declaration of Conformity under the IVD Directive to be placed on the market and or put into service for an additio...
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Jan 11, 2022
The European IVD Market Statistics Report 2021 has just been published by MedTech Europe. The latest version of this annual report shows that revenues for IVDs increased by an unprecedented 25.4% across the EU27 member states (plus EFTA, the UK and Turkey) between 2019 and 2020. Most of this increase was due to COVID-19 related diagnostics, however there were significant increases in specific tests, and dramatic decreases in others which varied from country to country. For UK-specific data compa...
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Sep 09, 2021
UK Market for IVDs shows an Increase of 50% in Two Years No-one can be surprised that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on IVD revenues in the UK as in the rest of the world. As the BIVDA Market Audit (MA) shows for the 12 months to June 2021, revenues have increased by over 50%, and, of course, most of that increase is due directly to testing for Coronavirus. The lockdown caused a temporary near-suspension of routine diagnostic services, leading to drops in these testing figures. ...
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Sep 08, 2021
The Government is to work towards the reduction of health inequalities and disparities through the opening of a new Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID). The new body will be beginning its work from the 1st October, and is to be co-led by newly appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO), Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy. The OHID is to tackle disparities across the UK and will be part of the Department for Health and Social Care, attempting to minimise health disparities which have been ...
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Aug 02, 2021
The NHS has been warned of shortages in blood collection tubes, due to strain placed on manufacturers from soaring demand. ‘UK border challenges’ have been cited as causing pressure on supply chains of the medical equipment. BD Life Sciences is a key supplier of the tubes, and has apologised to NHS trusts for supply disruptions. The tubes contain chemicals to prevent samples from clotting before getting to the lab. They have been used during the pandemic to test for clotting in covid...
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