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B2B Opportunity – Distributor required for the development of sales of an EN166 standard protective visor

31st July 2020
Leading manufacturer and supplier of quality cable and network connectivity solutions in search of a distributor to list and distribute an EN166 standard Visor (Hela-Vis).

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B2B Opportunity – Manufacture and Packaging of Lipreading and hearing aid transparent face masks for the NHS and Care sector required

30th July 2020
Manufacture required for the production of a transparent Face Mask for the NHS and Care sector to enable the deaf, hard of hearing, those with additional needs to feel less isolated by allowing them to easily communicate with carers and clinicians that are wearing PPE by allowing the mouth to be seen.

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Salts Heathcare announces death of CEO

29th July 2020
The Medilink WM team offer their deepest condolences to the family of Philip Salt. Philip was a highly respected business leader in our region and a true gentleman. He will be greatly missed.

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Bright Future for Life Sciences in the Midlands

23rd July 2020
The amalgamation of Medilink East and West Midlands has been given the seal of approval in a move which will serve the best interests of the life sciences sector in the Midlands. This unification, that sees Medilink East and West Midlands operate under a single group company, Medilink Midlands, was unanimously endorsed, in principle, by the Boards of both organisations in June and is the culmination of a strategic alignment that has been developing over the last 6 years.

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B2B Opportunity – SME with Innovative ecological and sustainable Patient Care product looking to licence / Sell their IP to a suitable business

22nd July 2020
Innovative reusable, ecological and sustainable bedding product for incontinence for the home and care market with great potential for further design and development for additional uses is seeking a reputable business to licence or sell the IP and manufacture of the product too.

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Birmingham spinout announces collaboration and licence agreement to develop precision cancer treatments

21st July 2020
Established in 2014 by Cancer Research Technologies and Medilink member, the University of Birmingham, Birmingham spinout Revitope Oncology Inc has announced a research collaboration and license agreement with leading Chinese biopharmaceutical company Junshi Biosciences to develop precision cancer therapies that harness the body’s immune response to kill cancer cells while leaving healthy body tissues untouched.

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B2B Opportunity – Distributor required for unique confocal imaging equipment in Dermatology, Urology and Pathology.

21st July 2020
Distributor sought for high-value capital equipment. This company produce and sell a range of confocal microscope systems across Europe.

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Latest guidance & information from the Office for Life Sciences (OLS)

21st July 2020
Medilink shares this bulletin with its members and networks, aimed to keep the life sciences sector up to date on the latest guidance whilst the UK is in the transition period and during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Latest guidance & information from the Office for Life Sciences (OLS)

15th July 2020
Medilink shares this bulletin with its members and networks, aimed to keep the life sciences sector up to date on the latest guidance whilst the UK is in the transition period and during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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B2B Opportunity – Dental Supply business seeks independent sales agents for new ‘market-disruptive’ portfolio in tissue regeneration sector

14th July 2020
This opportunity presents a great sales-based commission scheme. Extensive support and training from an Internationally recognised expert in the sector.

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B2B Opportunity – Established Dental Supply business seeks sub-distributors for new disruptive technology.

14th July 2020
The UK Dental Tissue Regeneration sector is dominated by two types of technology. This opportunity presents alternatives for both groups to include ‘market-disruptive’ delivery systems and ‘new-for-dental’ claims supported by extensive training.

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B2B Opportunity – distributor for the development of sales of an innovative anti-microbial multifunctional hand-held device

14th July 2020
A Distributor / Promotional Merchandiser is required to list and distribute a multifunctional handle. EasyDoorTM can be considered as a Personal Protective Equipment containing an antimicrobial additive.

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B2B Opportunity – Orthopaedic Clinical Partners sought for innovative pre-launch documentation

1st July 2020
A Midlands based company working on a dual-level contract with this innovative manufacturer. Focusing on sales and support for existing products in the oral surgery sector, our role in the orthopaedic opportunity is as a conduit for the manufactures' R&D team.

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B2B Opportunity – Mobile mortuary seeks specialist plastic manufacturer/supplier in UK

30th June 2020
Manufacturer or supplier of specialist plastic solutions for a mobile mortuary company required.

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B2B Opportunity – Electronics company required to produce geospatial sensor with output

25th June 2020
An electronic device is required to manufactured that can report on geospatial position, with good to excellent battery duration with a signal output to operate another device. The unit should be as small as possible. If a data logger could be included this could be an advantage.

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Landmark IT deal to save hundreds of millions of pounds for the NHS

24th June 2020
An agreement struck between NHSX, NHS Digital and Microsoft will save the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds and enable all eligible organisations in England to access Microsoft 365 digital tools. The agreement guarantees significant cost savings for both individual NHS organisations and the NHS as a whole. It will improve productivity, enhance collaboration and strengthen cybersecurity across healthcare services. 

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THE BIG ASK #3 – B2B BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

23rd June 2020
The B2B COVID Business Opportunities is the third in the Medilink Midlands 'Big Ask' series of ‘Here to Help’ business support services. Allowing us to continue supporting the needs of the region, share opportunities to maximise advantages for businesses, and where appropriate through collaborative working.

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Latest guidance & information from the Office for Life Sciences (OLS)

22nd June 2020
Medilink shares this bulletin with its members and networks, aimed to keep the life sciences sector up to date on the latest guidance whilst the UK is in the transition period and during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Mentors needed to support ‘next generation’ health-related innovators

19th June 2020
Broadening Horizons - programme aimed to support early-career researchers with their professional development by connecting mentees from academic institutions with mentors from industry. The programme will also create networking opportunities via an online platform and both live and digital events.

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B2B Opportunity – PPE Visor Packaging Service and Distribution (Possible Manufacture) Required

16th June 2020
A West Midlands Company has successfully designed and manufactured a certified PPE visor and due to a significant rise in orders, it would like to find a regional business to take on its packing and distribution.

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B2B Opportunity – Supplier of Medical grade spun-bonded fabric for medical gowns

16th June 2020
A Midlands medical gown manufacturer requires medical grade coated polypropylene spun-bonded fabric for the manufacture of surgical and isolation gowns to fulfill NHS contracts.

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B2B Opportunity – PPE Visor design and production Tooling available for acquisition

16th June 2020
A Midlands Design consultancy has designed and produced injection moulding tooling for a very successful PPE Visor. Due to an increase in work, it can no longer continue with production and therefore they would like to offer this to a suitable organisation that would like to take this product on.

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B2B Opportunity – Distributor/Promotional Merchandiser required for innovative anti-microbial hand-held device.

16th June 2020
Distributor / Promotional Merchandiser is required for the development of B2B sales of an innovative anti-microbial hand-held device called the KeepSafe. We are in search of a distributor to list and distribute/sell a handheld device made with anti-microbial copper to a B2B network to help businesses get their employees back to work more safely, and help them exist between their homes and places of work.  Keen to find a single partner for this project so a greater relationship can be made.

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Birmingham City University supports regional business community

15th June 2020
BCU is offering Medilink’s SME businesses an opportunity for a paid internship during July. This would involve one of our recent 2020 graduates working towards a brief of a small project for up to 20 hours per week over a four weeks.

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Medilink West Midlands connects industry and the NHS to produce surgical gowns

11th June 2020
Medilink West Midlands, the industry gateway for the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network, has been busy sourcing local manufacturers to produce high-quality surgical gowns for the regions NHS trusts. With work now underway, the region will benefit from up to 25,000 extra surgical gowns being produced a week.

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Medilink helps forge new partnerships in response to the Covid crisis

10th June 2020
The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) have joined forces to help support the region’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supply during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Call for solutions to support socially distanced assessments

9th June 2020
West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) Industry Gateway is looking for technologies or processes to allow Community Occupational Therapists to assess residents/their homes for disability adaptations or specialist equipment  with less physical contact.

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National and regional survey results published

9th June 2020
NHS England/Improvement and the Office for Life Sciences commissioned research to explore and evaluate the views of AHSN stakeholders.

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New toolkit for healthcare staff

9th June 2020
A toolkit for healthcare staff has been published by the National Tracheostomy Safety Project (NTSP) in collaboration with the AHSN Network and the National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to support healthcare staff who are looking after patients with tracheostomies.

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Latest guidance & information from the Office for Life Sciences (OLS)

8th June 2020
Medilink WM brings you the latest updates from the Office for Life Sciences.

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Kimal – supporting the fight against COVID-19

8th June 2020
Medilink WM member, Kimal, an international manufacturer of medical equipment, has ramped up the production of its specialised procedure packs and devices, to support the fight against COVID-19 in the UK.

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West Mercia Rural 5G Test Bed – Industry Call for Life Sciences Sector Innovators

5th June 2020
The aim of this campaign is to identify 5G industry partners to join the West Mercia 5G consortium and work with the team to establish how 5G enabled technology can improve health and social care delivery across Shropshire and Worcestershire. The West Mercia 5G Test Bed will run for 12-18 months. The aim is for […]

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University makes pledge to students returning in September

4th June 2020
Medilink patron, Birmingham City University has made a seven-point pledge to its students, detailing how it plans to return to face-to-face teaching from September.

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Medilink member gains recognition in latest Lifescience Industry publication

22nd May 2020
Medilink West Midlands 'Outstanding Achievement' 2019 Medical & Healthcare Business Award winners feature in the latest issue of a national health technology publication, Lifescience Industry. 

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New Dates For Med-Tech Innovation Expo

19th May 2020
Rapid News Group has announced the decision to postpone Med-Tech Innovation Expo, the UK’s flagship event for the medical device industry to 2021. Originally re-scheduled for 29 – 30 September 2020, the event will now take place from 29 – 30 June 2021. The venue for the event, the NEC, Birmingham, UK is unchanged.

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Current challenges in regulatory science in healthcare survey

19th May 2020
On behalf of the University of Birmingham we would like to invite you to take part in a survey to identify current challenges in regulatory science in healthcare. The aim of the survey is to identify strategic areas for the development of regulatory standards, establish current and future training needs and identify the infrastructure required to support this.

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Latest Office for Life Sciences Bulletin

18th May 2020
Medilink shares this bulletin with its members and networks, aimed to keep the life sciences sector up to date on the latest guidance whilst the UK is in the transition period and during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Utilise Tax Relief to increase Cash Flow

7th May 2020
Exploring unclaimed Research & Development, Capital Allowances, Patent Box and Remediation of Contaminated Land tax relief could mean the difference of over £57,000 to your bottom line, providing a valuable cash injection when it is needed most.

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High-end industrial Indigo transmitter to enable world-class data and smart decisions

6th May 2020
Medilink WM member Vaisala unveils high-end industrial Indigo transmitter to enable world-class data and smart decisions.

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Birmingham experts deliver remote training to make maternity triage safer during COVID-19

6th May 2020
BSOTS is currently used in 15 maternity units in the UK, with over 20 maternity trained in the last six months and in the process of implementation.  More widespread implementation is currently being supported by MidTECH Innovations (the NHS Innovation Hub for the West Midlands), the Academic Health Science Networks in the West Midlands, East Midlands and UCL Partners.

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Bounce Back Loan Scheme open for applications

6th May 2020
The Bounce Back Loan (BBL) Scheme is now open for applications. Delivered by lenders accredited by the British Business Bank for this scheme, Bounce Back Loans target small and micro businesses in all sectors, providing loans from £2k up to 25% of the business’ turnover with a maximum loan of £50k.

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Latest bulletin from Office for Life Sciences

4th May 2020
Medilink shares this bulletin with its members and networks, aimed to keep the life sciences sector up to date on the latest guidance whilst the UK is in the transition period and during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Medilink member provides technology to Wuhan to support the COVID-19 mission.

30th April 2020
Medilink WM member Vaisala contributes to health and well-being, helping develop medicines such as a vaccine for COVID-19.

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Birmingham City University offers free webinars during COVID-19

29th April 2020
Birmingham City University is partnering with experts and specialists in the region to provide a series of free webinars, covering topics from social media support to health and wellbeing for businesses during COVID 19.

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Launch of new personal handheld device to help limit the spread of Covid-19

29th April 2020
Medilink West Midlands is working with Sylatech, a UK based engineering company, on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority. Sylatech has launched a personal handheld device called the KeepSafe, designed to enable users to avoid touching handles, buttons, or grabbing items unnecessarily. 

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Opportunity to Pitch the US DoD on TRL 3/4 Capabilities

28th April 2020
The US DoD has announced an opportunity for UK Industry to submit proposals for new technologies to the Director for Developmental Test, Evaluation and Prototyping (DTEP) DOD R&E, for their new Global Needs Statement.

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i4i Challenge Awards Call 10 – Real World Implementation Launch

27th April 2020
Invention for Innovation (i4i) announces Challenge Awards Call 10 - Real World Implementation Launch. This Award will fund investigations of medtech innovations in healthcare settings.

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Digital innovations tested to support the vulnerable during COVID-19

27th April 2020
NHSX, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announce 18 innovative digital solutions being awarded up to £25,000 under the TechForce19 challenge.

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Latest Office for Life Sciences Bulletin

27th April 2020
Medilink WM brings you the latest Office for Life Sciences Bulletin.

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Regional businesses have responded to our Medilink Midlands ‘Here to Help – Our Big Ask’

23rd April 2020
Regional businesses have responded to our Medilink Midlands ‘Here to Help – Our Big Ask’ pledging to ‘do their bit’ during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Online platform created to source and exchange PPE Information

22nd April 2020
West Midlands based computer software company Shoothill have created PPExchange.co.uk  to streamline the supply of Personal Protection Equipment throughout the UK by providing a free and easy to use exchange website.

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3P Innovation Awarded with Queen’s Award 2020 for Enterprise in Innovation

22nd April 2020
3P innovation has been awarded with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation, in recognition of outstanding achievement for innovation for their Fill2Weight powder dosing technology. 

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How to get money back into your business

22nd April 2020
With the biggest threat facing businesses right now is managing their cash-flow, new Medilink WM member Recoup Business Consultants offers their help to businesses.

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Birmingham University develops world’s first Covid-19 digital safety certificate

21st April 2020
Medilink WM patron Birmingham City University is developing the world’s first digital safety certificate to protect suppliers and consumers from risks associated with COVID-19.

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Static Systems Group plays its part in the fight against COVID-19

20th April 2020
Medilink WM member Static Systems Group (SSG) are playing their part in the fight against COVID-19. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting increase in demand for its nurse call systems, healthcare communications and bedhead services specialist, SSG, has boosted production capacity at its manufacturing base near Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, as well as investing in the rapid development of an off-the-shelf ‘wired’ nurse call solution to make available alongside its ‘wireless’ solution.

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Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF) COVID-19 website

20th April 2020
The pandemic has brought human factors issues to prominence. The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF) and its members are responding rapidly to current challenges by providing expert guidance and help wherever it’s needed most. Its dedicated COVID-19 website gives details and links to new guidance documents developed and published by CIEHF and […]

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COVID-19 – Businesses and Employers Bulletin

20th April 2020
This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Latest Office for Life Sciences Bulletin

20th April 2020
Medilink West Midlands brings you the latest guidance and updates from the Office for Life Sciences.

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COVID-19 Opportunity 9.3 – Testing Consumables required

17th April 2020
COVID-19 supply opportunity for testing consumables, equipment, sampling kits, Reagents, and other consumables

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Opportunity 9.2 – Lab requirements

17th April 2020
Additional lab capacity including RNA extraction and PCR equipment that uses open source consumables (i.e. those that can be used on a variety of equipment) and should meet the following criteria: Sample reception area for accepting and logging samples adhering to national infection control procedures; Sample tracking capability (e.g. barcoding) for the end to end […]

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Opportunity 9.1d – Novel Testing Solutions required #4 – RNA extraction: new methods

17th April 2020
RNA extraction capacities are currently challenged even with automated platforms. New methods of extracting viral RNA or enabling viral detection without an extraction step would help remove this bottleneck, as long as they are “ready to go” and can be integrated into existing or optimised PCR testing chains.

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Opportunity 9.1c – Novel Testing Solutions required – Transport media that inactivates the virus

17th April 2020
DHSC is looking for transport media solutions that inactivate the virus reliably or do not add significant steps to the laboratory process or impact on viral detection.

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Opportunity 9.1b – Novel Testing Solutions required – Desktop PCR equipment for point of care testing

17th April 2020
COVID-19 Novel Testing Solutions required - Desktop PCR equipment for point of care testing. The Department of Health & Social Care, BIA, BIVDA and The Royal College of Pathologists are seeking new and novel solutions with several challenges currently open.

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Opportunity 9.1a – Novel Testing Solutions required – Dry swabs for use in virus detection

17th April 2020
Novel Testing Solutions required - Dry swabs for use in virus detection. The Department of Health & Social Care, BIA, BIVDA and The Royal College of Pathologists are seeking new and novel solutions to help deliver 100,000 COVID-19 tests a day by the end of April.

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The Importance of Collaboration by Medilink WM CEO

17th April 2020
The latest edition of Birmingham Business features a Life Sciences special report, which shines a light on our region, and highlights the strength of the sector. 

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Opportunity 9 – Travel and subsistence funding to support LMIC engagement

15th April 2020
NIHR offers travel and subsistence funding to support LMIC engagement during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Intellectual Property, Open Innovation and tackling Covid-19 – a contradiction?

14th April 2020
Intellectual Property, Open Innovation and tackling Covid-19 – a contradiction? making sure you're protecting your product/business.

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Latest Office for Life Sciences Bulletin

14th April 2020
Medilink West Midlands brings you the latest guidance and updates from the Office for Life Sciences bulletin.

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Big Ask Questionnaire – West Midlands COVID-19 & Healthcare Industry Support

9th April 2020
These are unprecedented times and Medilink WM is seeing multiple requests, business opportunities, offers of help and new solutions and ideas. To ensure we fulfill all requests, we ask you to complete our 'Big Ask' Questionnaire.

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Birmingham experts collaborate to create an innovative ‘pop-up tent’ to protect frontline medical staff from COVID-19

9th April 2020
Birmingham researchers, clinicians and medical device experts have teamed up to design and produce an innovative ‘pop-up tent’ to protect frontline medical staff from COVID-19.

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Opportunity 8 – Funding for ideas that address COVID-19

7th April 2020
UKRI will support excellent proposals up to 12-18 months duration.

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Business-led innovation in response to global disruption (de minimis) to facilitate Society or Industries need during the Covid-19 Crisis

6th April 2020
Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in innovation projects. The aim of this competition is to support UK businesses to focus on emerging or increasing needs of society and industries during and following the Covid-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 PPE challenge

3rd April 2020
NIHR launch PPE Challenge to protect front line workers from COVID-19. 

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EIT Health UKI – Call for ‘Rapid Response’ projects to address COVID-19

2nd April 2020
EIT Health has opened a “Rapid Response” request for proposals from EIT Health Partners in collaboration with other partners, to support immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic. New projects or extensions of an existing project must be implemented rapidly, with full spending and completion taking place in 2020. Proposed activities must create short-term impact that […]

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Urgent UK Government Request: Supply of COVID-19 Antigen Testing Kit

2nd April 2020
The UK government has made an urgent call to the life sciences sector to help increase the supply of antigen testing kits for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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Women’s and Children’s hospitals charity launches urgent appeal

30th March 2020
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals Charity has launched an urgent appeal to support NHS workers amid the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

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EU Commission to postpone MDR implementation following COVID-19 pandemic

26th March 2020
The European Commission has announced its intention to postpone the implementation of the new Medical Device Regulation (MDR) following the Coronavirus outbreak.

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COVID-19: Call for rapid sanitising technology for ambulances

26th March 2020
Do you have an innovative or novel approach to get ambulances cleaner quicker to help combat Coronavirus?

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Coronavirus: Apps to help children and young people

26th March 2020
To help support children and young people during this difficult and uncertain time ORCHA has prepared a list of apps suitable for children and young people, all of which are safe to use according to their evaluations.

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What does the global shutdown mean for businesses with international interests?

25th March 2020
The entire world is ramping up efforts to control the Covid-19 pandemic, and while the toll on people’s lives is tragic and immeasurable, there is also huge economic uncertainty.

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Mills & Reeve online hub – updates and guidance around Coronavirus

25th March 2020
Medilinl WM member Mills & Reeve, a leading UK law firm offers a free online hub that includes a collection of insights and practical guidance to support businesses and individuals through the complex and difficult decisions they may be currently being asked to make.

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Free guide – Managing the wellbeing and productivity of your remote team

25th March 2020
With social distancing and self-isolation becoming increasingly important with the recent spread of Covid-19, more and more businesses are shifting to remote working. Medilink WM member Evolyst Ltd, Lumien has produced a free to access guide for employee well being and managing a remote team.

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Latest COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

24th March 2020
Updated (24 March) guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 from Public Health England and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

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Remote Working Solution Rapidly Deployed on Any Device, Anywhere, Anytime

24th March 2020
Following government guidance and instructions, the nation is remote working wherever possible, to reduce the spread of Covid-19, therefore having the right technology is critical to a business, whether public or private sector.

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West Midlands companies answer the UK government’s call to supply ventilator’s to the NHS

24th March 2020
On 16th March the UK Government made an urgent call to businesses to help supply ventilators and ventilator components across the UK as part of it’s response to COVID-19 and the shortage of supplies within the NHS. Whilst others have been talking, West Midlands based companies have been busy in the background to answer the UK […]

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How is the AHSN Network supporting the response to COVID-19?

24th March 2020
With partners across the NHS and social care mobilising at scale in response to the developing COVID-19 pandemic, the role of England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) is to support them by helping them take full advantage of the most relevant innovations and technologies that can improve care for patients and support the AHSN Networks' services in this challenging context.

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NHSX launches new challenge with £500,000 of funding available

23rd March 2020
NHSX is calling on all innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 to apply for government funding of up to £25,000 to test their solution.

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COVID-19 genome sequencing alliance formed with support from Birmingham University

23rd March 2020
Medilink WM member the University of Birmingham part of the £20m investment 'COG-UK' - the new nationwide consortium, COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium. Investment of £20m has enabled the formation of a new nationwide consortium to map the spread and evolution of COVID-19 through whole-genome sequencing.

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Birmingham University makes hand sanitiser to support the regions frontline staff

23rd March 2020
Medilink West Midlands is proud to share the following news article from Birmingham Health Partners, detailing how Medilink member University Of Birmingham is responding to the urgent shortage of hand sanitiser. Technicians and lab facilities at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham have been redeployed to respond to an urgent shortage of hand sanitiser needed by frontline social care workers to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

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Office for Life Sciences – 19 March Bulletin

20th March 2020
This bulletin aims to keep the life sciences sector up to date on the latest guidance and important information from Government, with a special focus on the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

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Call for businesses to help make NHS ventilators – have you responded?

18th March 2020
The Government is looking for businesses who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the UK as part of our response to COVID-19.

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Medilink West Midlands – Coronavirus

16th March 2020
'Business as Usual' at Medilink West Midlands. We are actively reviewing the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure the safety of our staff and to ensure continuity to support our members, clients, and partners.

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Latest Bulletin from Office For Life Sciences – 27 March

16th March 2020
Medilink West Midlands would like to share with you the latest Office for Life Sciences Bulletin. Providing the Lifesciences community up to date guidance whilst the UK is in the transition period and during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, providing important information from the Government to help our members and networks. Including COVID-19 key contacts Workforce Updates Business […]

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Coronavirus: Apps to help self-management

13th March 2020
With less patients attending general practices in person, and an increasing number of people choosing to self-isolate at home, digital health resources offer a practical tool that can be called upon for remote self-management.

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Coronavirus: how can you escape liability?

13th March 2020
Medilink WM member Mills & Reeve provide businesses with the facts regarding contractual, legal and insurance position in order to consider what action may be appropriate in the current global situation with the Coronavirus.

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Developing AI regulation – what to expect

13th March 2020
Compared to other cutting edge technologies, AI triggers a different level of concern about safe and ethical use. Medilink member Mills & Reeve offer a useful Q&A article, to help businesses better understand their responsibilities with AI and regulations.

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NHS Innovation Accelerator 2020 Launch

13th March 2020
The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) has recently announced the 11 innovators who are joining the award-winning national accelerator in 2020.

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SEHTA MedTech Expo and Conf – New date statement

12th March 2020
With the global concern regarding the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) escalating and after discussions with SEHTA’s main partner in the NHS, Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network, SEHTA has decided to move its Expo & Conference to Monday 28th September 2020.

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NEW DATES ANNOUNCED: 9/10 NOVEMBER – THE MEDICAL IMAGING CONVENTION 2020 & ALL CO-LOCATED EVENTS

12th March 2020
The Medical Imaging Convention 2020 and all co-located events rescheduling due to Coronavirus. New dates announced 9/10 November 2020.

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Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for businesses and employers

12th March 2020
Special Business Readiness Bulletin – Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for businesses and employers

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New Dates for Med-Tech Innovation Expo 29-30 September 2020

11th March 2020
With global concern regarding the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) escalating, and after monitoring the situation closely over the last few weeks and consulting with exhibitors and partners Rapid News Group have determined that it is in the best interest of all parties to postpone their Med-Tech Innovation Expo, scheduled for April 1-2 to September.

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SME Innovation Fund – Applications now open!

9th March 2020
Are you a start-up or a small medium-sized enterprise working in the space of delivering improved healthcare? Do you have the potential to change how healthcare is delivered? The SME Innovation Fund can provide the support you need to help your business grow. With successful applicants receiving convertible loans of up to £50,000.

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Birmingham Researcher Awarded £1.68m to fund Research in ‘Raised Brain Pressure’

9th March 2020
Leading researcher Professor Alexandra Sinclair from the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research has been awarded £1.68m of funding research.

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Africa Health 2020 – £2,500 Government Grant Now Available

24th February 2020
The Africa Health exhibition and conference is the continent's largest assemble being held to pursue and research on medical health and life sciences

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Latest update from the Office for Life Sciences (OLS)

24th February 2020
Welcome to the latest Office for Life Sciences bulletin, aimed at keeping the life sciences sector up to date on the latest guidance. The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) is a joint unit between the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Department for Business,  Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 20.02.20 Office for Life Sciences Bulletin. If […]

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Q&A: Device Manufacturers’ FAQs on the EU’s Medical Device Regulation (MDR)

24th February 2020
The European Union’s Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) will replace the Medical Device Directive (MDD) and In Vitro Diagnostic Directive (IVDD) beginning with the MDR that takes effect May 26, 2020.

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Why MDSAP Opens a World of Opportunity for Med Devices

24th February 2020
MDSAP is a ground-breaking program and will most likely become a game-changer for companies competing in the global medical device arena. Find out what new opportunities MDSAP will bring to the world of Med Devices.

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LfE3 sell-out as we learn ‘Why language matters’

24th February 2020
The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network were honoured to support a sell-out conference, which brought together delegates from all over the World to share the principals of ‘Learning from Excellence’ in healthcare.

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£10 million boost to improve patient care with new technologies

24th February 2020
A new £10 million scheme will give leading researchers and businesses, based in the UK, the chance to work together to develop treatments and cures for those facing life-threatening conditions like cancer and dementia.

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EpiBone Embodies Paperless Efficiencies in Personalized Medicine

24th February 2020
Advances in the fields of generative medicine, computational biology and medical imaging are paving the way for personalized medicine, which promises to be a key driver of the combination product market.

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Six new Life Sciences Opportunity Zones for Birmingham.

24th February 2020
Birmingham Health Partners (BHP) has been recognised by Government for its world-class research infrastructure.

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Regional Winners announced at Medilink WM Business Awards

18th February 2020
Medilink WM Regional Winners set their sights towards the 'Nationals' on 1 April at the HIlton Metropole, Birmingham.

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West Midlands businesses celebrate at Medilink WM Business Awards

14th February 2020
An evening of celebration for West Midlands businesses. The life sciences, medical and health care community all came together to attend the Medilink WM Business Awards which took place at The Burlington Hotel, Birmingham to recognise the regions success and innovative solutions, supporting the health sector.

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Medilink UK appoints new CEO

23rd January 2020
Medilink UK, the largest representative body for the Health Technology sector in the UK, has appointed Mr Kevin Kiely as its CEO. Kevin was co-founder of the Medilink model over twenty five years ago, which for the first time brought together in a formal regional association, the Health Technology and related Life Science industry, the NHS and universities, to drive innovation across the sector. Kevin will retain his position of CEO, Medilink North of England.

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Coventry University’s Institute of Coding wins Innovation in Education Award

22nd January 2020
Coventry University’s Institute of Coding has been recognised at the West Midlands Tech Awards, which celebrates the best of the technology and digital industries throughout the West Midlands. The Innovation in Education Award celebrates organisations using cutting edge digital approaches to enhance and revolutionise the learning experience. Coventry University’s Institute of Coding is part of […]

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WMAHSN adopt new innovation platform to enhance healthcare ecosystem

14th January 2020
West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) to launch new innovation exchange platform. Designed to match healthcare challenges with solutions, and the healthcare ecosystem interacting and working together to improve the health.

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Full steam ahead for £3.4 million virtual reality investment for Birmingham City University

8th January 2020
Medilink West Midlands Patron, Birmingham City University has landed £3.4 million funding to create the new technological centre which will be based at its STEAMhouse facility in Birmingham’s Digbeth district.

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West Midlands AHSN launches Digital Health and Skills Lab

4th December 2019
The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) has launched a Digital Health and Skills Lab. Located within the Serendip Digital Health Quarter in Birmingham, the lab provides a space for the co-design of digital innovations, bringing together health tech businesses, clinicians and patients to develop and test solutions. It is designed to support the WMAHSN’s mission to increase investment in West Midlands life sciences, and to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the region.

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AF Aware Week: Thinking Detect, Protect and Perfect

20th November 2019
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate. It is estimated 26,500 people across the West Midlands currently have undetected AF or aren’t receiving optimal treatment. If left untreated, AF can increase the risk of stroke by around four to five times.

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The AHSN Network bridges the gap for NHS Innovators

15th October 2019
On 30 January, the AHSN Network will hold its Bridging the Gap event aimed towards Health-Tech developers and companies looking to get their innovations into the NHS. This event focuses on showcasing the East and West Midlands AHSN offer to industry and provides businesses with the opportunity to learn how, who and where to access the NHS.

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Orthocell claims top spot at national competition Pitch@Palace

10th October 2019
Medilink WM member Orthocell, has been declared a winner in the national final of the coveted Pitch@Palace competition – a global movement started by the British royal family, which aims to amplify the work of entrepreneurs and deepen their global impact.

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Funding opportunity: Revolutionising cancer treatment with genomics

10th October 2019
Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £5.4 million from the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) to invest in projects that seek to apply whole genome sequencing to the analysis of cancers.

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Medilink member Gowling WLG finalists at the British Legal Awards 2019

10th October 2019
Medilink West Midlands member Gowling WLG makes the shortlist in four categories at the British legal Awards 2019: TMT Team of the Year, Property Team of the Year, Innovation Through Technology Award and, jointly with Ashurst LLP, Competition/Regulatory Team of the Year.

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Low number of health apps reach minimum standards

9th October 2019
Health app evaluation and advisor organisation ORCHA, has revealed that only 15% of healthcare apps available for download meet minimum standards set by its review process. Its evaluation of over 5,000 health apps has revealed that a significant number of healthcare apps available to download do not meet the minimum safety requirements. Notably, 75% of apps aimed […]

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AI could be as effective at diagnosing disease as health professionals

9th October 2019
Artificial intelligence (AI) appears to detect diseases from medical imaging with similar levels of accuracy as healthcare professionals, according to research led by two Birmingham Health Partners (BHP) founder members.

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Entries open for Medilink West Midlands Business Awards – celebrating the best in healthcare

8th October 2019
Medilink West Midlands annual Medical and Healthcare Business Awards will take place on 13 February 2020. The Awards is our biggest event within our calendar, showcasing the best in life sciences across the region.

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Medilink UK to give Midlands MedTech businesses detailed guidance on how to prepare for Brexit

3rd October 2019
Medilink UK, a membership organisation representing over 1350 medical technology and life-science companies, is hosting a free event on 22nd October in Birmingham at Medilink West Midlands office to help life science businesses prepare for Brexit. The Midlands is the second largest Medical Technology employer in the UK, making the region a key player in […]

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Lil-Lets and charity Brook launch e-learning platform to tackle period poverty

26th September 2019
Medilink WM member Lil-Lets is committed to tackling period poverty and are excited to reveal their partnership with the young people’s sexual health & wellbeing charity, Brook, to work together to achieve this.

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Medilink WM patron The Binding Site gear up for Edward’s Trust charity challenge

24th September 2019
Medilink WM patron The Binding Site are set to show their continued support for Edward’s Trust’s in its ’30 in 30’ challenge event this October. Staff at The Binding Site Group are gearing up to run, walk and hula hoop for Edward’s Trust’s ’30 in 30’ virtual challenge event.

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Science to Industry (S2I) programme

24th September 2019
The S2I programme works closley with businesses to understand their technical problem and the impact it has on the business. S2I offers support to SMEs across all sectors including life sciences, medical technologies and advanced manufacturing and engineering.

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Pioneering data research centres to enable cutting-edge research and innovation to benefit UK patients

13th September 2019
NHS Digital is working with the University of Oxford, Microsoft and IBM to develop a new hub that aims to revolutionise the way in which clinical trials are delivered – providing foundation services to determine whether a clinical trial is feasible, and to support better planning and delivery of clinical trials in the UK. 

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Free export support and training to West Midlands businesses

11th September 2019
Free support & training for businesses interested in export with the Department for International Trade

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Medilink member discounts at Pharma Integrates 2019

5th September 2019
Pharma Integrates is a world-renowned conference which brings together senior executives from across the pharma, biotech, CROs/CDMOs, investment and regulation landscape to examine the drivers and hurdles of today and resolve the critical business issues of tomorrow. As a partner of Pharma Integrates 2019, Medilink Midlands has secured a significant discount of just £295 + […]

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Lumien: Understand the temperature of Mental Health across your organisation

29th August 2019
Is your company productivity affected by the mental health wellbeing of your staff? Take the FREE Lumien on-line survey and get a FREE report to find the cost to your organisation!

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EU MDR: How Will Europe’s New Device Regulation Affect Software?

29th August 2019
Medilink WM patron MasterControl provides an informative article, highlighting to industry that software must not be overlooked when considering MDR requirements and compliance.

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New Antimicrobial Coating Could be Key in Fight Against Hospital-Acquired Infections

29th August 2019
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have created an antimicrobial coating for steel surfaces which has proven to rapidly kill bacteria that cause some of the most common hospital-acquired infections.

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Civility Saves Lives – Calling it out with Compassion Event

20th August 2019
The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) is pleased to announce they are hosting a Civility Saves Lives workshop on the 13th September 2019 at thestudio, Cannon Street, Birmingham.

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Lil-Lets tackling period poverty with Everton Ladies

16th August 2019
Medilink WM Member Lil-Lets are proud to announce their support of Everton Ladies, who they'll be working with to highlight the benefits of sport to a woman's wellbeing.

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£98m Healthy Ageing Challenge competition launched

16th August 2019
UK Research and Innovation has announced the launch of the first tranche of competitions in the £98m Healthy Ageing Programme funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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Department for International Trade – China Oncology Mission 2019

7th August 2019
UK businesses are invited to join the Department for International Trade Oncology mission to China. As the second largest healthcare market in the world the opportunity for UK businesses is huge, with its competitive advantage and innovative high-tech solutions.

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Impact of the new Medical Devices Regulation & In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation

9th July 2019
The regulatory landscape for medical devices is presently very challenging. Industry is well aware that the three year transition period from a directive to a regulation ends on the 15th of May 2020, whereupon the new regulatory framework (MDR) will apply in full. This will be followed in May 2022 with the new IVD regulations.

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‘Great Things’ expected of Worcestershire innovators

2nd July 2019
A special day of activities, supported by Medilink West Midlands has launched two key initiatives focused on helping innovative Worcestershire businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive.

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Medilink Midlands members discount at Medical Device Engineering Show

27th June 2019
Medilink Midlands are excited to announce their support at the 'New for 2019' Medical Device Engineering zone at this years National Advanced Engineering Show.

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Accessing the NHS Guide for SMEs – Moving Forward

24th June 2019
Free access to NHS guide for SME's - Moving Forward

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Potential medical device industry benefits for Mauritius & UK

21st June 2019
Medilink UK, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and the Economic Development Board Mauritius recently came together to discuss potential mutual benefits for the UK and Mauritius economy through medical device manufacturing.  

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SBRI Healthcare launch latest funding competition

17th June 2019
SBRI Healthcare are pleased to announce that the next funding competition will launch on 24 June 2019. Companies and organisations are being invited to bid for funding to develop solutions to challenges in Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Integrated Care and Social Care.

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Midlands Engine BioHealth Market Visit to Boston and Maryland: 22 – 27 September 2019

10th June 2019
Registrations of interest are now being taken for our forthcoming trade visit to MedTech in Boston, the premier global summit for medical technology industry leaders, before travelling to the state of Maryland - a powerhouse for innovation.

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NHS Digital invitation to tender launched for GP IT Futures programme

29th May 2019
NHS Digital has issued an invitation to tender for existing and new suppliers to deliver a new IT systems framework for primary care.

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Medilink West Midlands member Mercia invests £2.0 million in transdermal drug delivery specialist

21st May 2019
One of Warwick Ventures (University of Warwick) med-tech spin-out companies which is developing an innovative transdermal drug delivery patch technology has secured a £2m investment from specialist technology funder Mercia Technologies.

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2019 Winners Announced: Medilink UK Healthcare Business Awards in Association with Med-Tech Innovation

17th May 2019
On the evening of Wednesday 15 May the 2019 Medilink UK Healthcare Business Awards took place. The sell-out gala dinner was the best yet, with 250 professionals from across the industry coming to celebrate with the winners, network with peers and share their pride in the industry.

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Transatlantic Trade Opportunities for Midlands Life Science Companies

13th May 2019
Positive outcomes for Midlands life science companies following City of Mentor visit.

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Department for International Trade offer £2,000 Funding Support at Medica 2019

9th May 2019
Don't miss the deadline date of Tuesday 14 May to secure your exhibition space at Medica 2019 - the largest healthcare exhibition in the world.

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Medilink WM Patron CSA Group to host Medical Device Security Risk Management event

3rd May 2019
Medilink WM Patron CSA Group to host medical device cyber risk event on 11 June at Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

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Evaluating medical innovations: apply for funding

23rd April 2019
Organisations can apply for a share of £1.5 million to help evaluate medical devices in real-world clinical settings

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