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Apr 07, 2021
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi has today announced a new fund of £20 million dedicated to expanding the manufacturing capacity of the life sciences industry. The ‘Medicines and Diagnostics Manufacturing Transformation Fund’ is now open for applications. Applicants are invited to apply for a share of the total fund. The fund aims to boost economic opportunities, innovation and health resilience by supporting medicines and diagnostics investments in the UK. The fund is open to p...
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Apr 06, 2021
The Government is to provide an additional £250 million of funding to scientists and researchers as part of its commitment to drive the UK forward as a science superpower. The new funding will be injected into projects and research efforts this year, supporting pioneering research. As a result, the UK scientific community will have access to more public funding than ever before. This takes total Government investment in R&D to £14.9 billion in 2021/22 and follows four years of si...
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Mar 25, 2021
The MDCC Unit in the Office for Life Sciences has put together a Q&A document covering an extensive range of issues including UKCA marking, cross-border trade and packaging requirements. Members can find it attached.
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Mar 23, 2021
A new vision for the delivery of clinical research has been announced by the Government which is designed to improve the processes through which researchers can design and deliver their work. The vision will strengthen the UK’s renowned expertise in the research area and its position as a world-class country in terms of research standards. It is expected that patients and staff will benefit greatly from having research dedicated towards the improvement of their experiences in the NHS being...
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Mar 22, 2021
Three new Lighthouse Lab testing facilities have opened in Brants Bridge, Baltic Park and Plymouth, adding to the list of test processing sites across the United Kingdom. These labs will be working in partnership with NHS Test and Trace to identify new cases of coronavirus, thus ensuring that the chains of transmission are broken in communities. The labs are managed by local NHS trusts, and form the largest network of diagnostic facilities ever set about in British history. The Lighthouse Labora...
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Mar 22, 2021
A new independent review has been launched by the Science Minister Amanda Solloway into how red tape can be cut to allow researchers to carry out their work better. The review will identify hurdles of UK research bureaucracy that hold the UK back in terms of securing a world-class research output. The study will be led by Professor Adam Tickell, Vice Chancellor at University of Sussex and delivers on the commitment by the UK Government in the strategic Research and Development Roadmap to minimis...
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Mar 18, 2021
A new immunoassay biomarker diagnostic tool that is used in the detection of cancers caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) has attracted investment of over €2 million. The company which produces it is a biotech innovation firm from Germany called Abviris Deustchland. The company says this is the first available blood - based test shown to be specific enough to aid in diagnosis of HPV. Further, the rapid flow test delivers its results within 20 minutes.The early investment in the product...
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Mar 09, 2021
The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) has announced the twelve new companies that will be joining the programme in 2021. This new set of ‘Fellows’ (innovators) will be addressing some of the most critical needs faced by patients and clinicians in the NHS. Their products will be scaled up and implemented into the NHS system over the next three years with the help of the collaborative effort. Three key priorities were flagged by the NIA when it invited new applications for this year: su...
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Mar 08, 2021
Workplace rapid coronavirus testing has now become available to all English businesses, it has been confirmed. Companies of all sizes, including those with 50 employees or fewer, are now eligible to receive the tests which provide a result within 30 minutes, allowing workers to quickly self-isolate and protect colleagues. DHSC has stated that the tests will be free-of-charge to businesses until the 30th June this year, and companies are encouraged to register for the programme before 31st March....
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Mar 04, 2021
Please find attached  and below some further information regarding export health certificates from the Office for Life Sciences As of 3 March 2021, following the meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee on 24 February, the UK has unilaterally extended the grace period for Authorised Traders moving agri-food goods from Great Britain (GB) to NI through the continuation of the Scheme for Temporary Agri-food Movements to Northern Ireland (STAMNI). As a temporary operational easement, this exte...
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