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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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Mar 01, 2021
Edinburgh Airport will be the location of a new rapid COVID-19 testing trial to understand the dynamics of an on-site airport testing programme which benefits staff members and air passengers. The trial will be run by the PocDoc and BioSure companies and will involve the use of the KnowNow saliva antigen test. Staff and volunteers will make up the cohort of participants, due to low passenger numbers at the airport owing to current air travel restrictions. The trial will last one week and will sh...
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Feb 26, 2021
Please see a note below from the MDCC they have asked us to share with members.From 28th February there will be changes to TSS processes that affect movements of controlled goods. These changes relate to the data submitted to TSS to create a Simplified Frontier Declaration (SFD), which is then submitted to HMRC’s Customs Declaration Service. Most controlled goods require a form of licence, certificate or authorisation and these are obtained by the government department who governs control ...
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Feb 26, 2021
NHSX has announced a simpler, faster process for the assessment of digital health technologies which will allow for faster and smoother uptake of these digital tools for use by patients. NHSX unveiled the new system which will be utilised for NHS and social care services, it is titled the Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC). DTAC can be completed in days and will provide the public and NHS staff with confidence in the evaluation and safety checks of digital health tools such as health ...
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Feb 24, 2021
The Federal Drug Agency in the United States has issued fresh guidance on the impact of COVID-19 mutations on testing products. The guidance is intended to brief manufacturers on any implications of variants on the performance, usability or safety of testing products, whether antigen or antibody-based diagnostic tools. Product design considerations are included in the advice, along with ongoing monitoring suggestions regarding testing for COVID-19 during a time in which mutations are being picke...
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Feb 19, 2021
A new “high-risk” science agency designed to fund ground-breaking discoveries has been announced by Government. The Advanced Research & Invention Agency (ARIA) will support the efforts of researchers and innovators and enable the UK to cement its position “as a global science superpower”. £800m funding will be provided to the organisation over four years, and Government has signalled that it will have more legroom for failure “than is normal” while p...
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