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Apr 27, 2021
The Department for International Trade (DIT) is making progress on trade links with both Australia and Indonesia. As the UK Government seeks to protect pre-Brexit trade links and build deeper connections with new markets through trade agreements, economic programmes and trade committees. Two new developments have been announced by DIT regarding Asian and Australian markets. Firstly, a new Joint Economic and Trade Committee has been announced between the United Kingdom and Indonesia. Indonesia is...
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Apr 22, 2021
Six healthcare organisations have united to pen a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office regarding urgent investment to tackle the issue of chronic NHS understaffing. Among those involved are: the NHS Confederation, NHS Providers, the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Nursing, the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges, and Unison. They warn the Prime Minister in the letter of NHS staff leaving the system and issues resulting from difficulties from this as the NHS is st...
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Apr 20, 2021
A survey conducted by Censuswide on behalf of Mölnlycke, a medical solutions company, has found that the elective care surgery backlog is of concern to 70% of surgeon staff. The survey has revealed the devastating impact of pauses in elective surgical procedures triggered by the COVID-19 crisis. Among the results, 70% of respondents said they are concerned about the backlog of procedures at their hospital trust. Over 500 respondents were involved in the study, all were healthcare profession...
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Apr 19, 2021
NICE has released a strategy and future vision document for the period 2021 to 2026 which is designed to ensure the organisation remains excellent, more dynamic and more collaborative in their work. The route map builds on the solid foundations of the last 22 years of NICE’s work. The plan puts science and evidence at the heart of health and care decision making, while keeping ahead of the challenges of a rapidly changing world.  External stakeholders including key opinion leaders, pa...
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Apr 09, 2021
BioMérieux has announced the CE marking of three dengue fever immunoassays. The fully automated assays run on the firm's VIDAS® systems. These VIDAS® DENGUE assays can be used independently to detect the viral antigen (NS1) and antibodies (IgM and IgG) produced by the host in response to the infection. These three serological tests are recommended by international guidelines. BioMérieux provides diagnostic solutions (systems, reagents, software and services) which deter...
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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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