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Forresters supports the region’s tech industry with a new partnership

17th September 2021
One of Europe’s leading firms of patent and trade mark attorneys is partnering with Birmingham Tech to support innovative businesses across the region. Forresters is working with the not-for-profit community initiative (CIC), which aims to raise the profile of the Birmingham and West Midlands tech scene. Over the next 12 months the partnership with Birmingham […]

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Static Systems Group appoints new Managing Director

1st September 2021
Static Systems Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Rosie Cunningham Thomas as the company’s new Managing Director, effective July 27th, 2021. Rosie has more than 20 years of strategic and operational leadership in global corporates, SMEs, and start-ups. Over the past 12 years, she has specialised in leading and scaling early stage, innovation-driven […]

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SBRI Competition 19 – ‘Mental Health Inequalities in Children and Young People and NHS Reset and Recovery and New Ways of Working’

31st August 2021
SBRI Healthcare is delighted to announce a Phase 3 Competition to support the implementation of mature innovations to address the challenges below: Mental Health Inequalities in Children and Young People Mental health service and support improvements Mental health service access and support for disadvantaged, marginalised, or BAME communities NHS Reset and Recovery and New Ways […]

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MEDICA – Join the Medilink UK Pavilion, limited spaces available for November 2021

16th August 2021
MEDICA, the world’s largest healthcare exhibition, is taking place physically from 15 – 18 November 2021. The event occupies 17 halls and attracts more than 6,000 exhibitors from 66 countries, including a large amount of UK businesses. Medilink UK is currently the only UK pavilion still open to bookings, with limited exhibition stand spaces left […]

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ADVERTISING CALL: MEDILINK MIDLANDS ANNUAL REPORT 2021

16th August 2021
We’re offering you a unique opportunity to book prime advertising space in the Medilink Midlands Annual Report 2021 and give you great exposure to the life sciences sector. This beautifully designed publication will be circulated to over 5,000 stakeholders and made available online and in print for a one-year period. Highly competitive rates (30% discount […]

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New skills and training plan to help local people gain thousands of jobs in health sciences and care

5th August 2021
A new skills and training plan developed by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and its partners will help local people to secure thousands of jobs in health sciences and care. Today the WMCA, in partnership with local employers, training providers and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) launched the plan, which aims to […]

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World-leading paediatric hospital to use data analytics and real-time predictive AI to prevent avoidable deaths in children

22nd July 2021
A top clinician at a leading UK children’s hospital believes the future of healthcare involves wireless monitoring and smart alarms, both in hospital and at home. In a recent interview, Dr Heather Duncan, intensive care consultant at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, spoke about her plans to fully deploy a first-of-its-kind predictive indicator and wireless patient monitoring system throughout […]

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Forresters welcomes government’s new green initiative

22nd July 2021
A £166.5 million cash injection from the UK government for the development of green technologies will give a further boost to innovative businesses, say attorneys at Forresters. The government has announced the funding for the rapid development of green technologies as part of its plan to Build Back Greener from the pandemic. The move has […]

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Where can you obtain sufficient acceptable clinical data?

12th July 2021
If your device is already CE marked, you have probably read MDCG 2020-6 (published in April 2020), which provides guidance on the clinical evidence needed for legacy products. You would have also developed a Clinical Evaluation Report (CER) for your devices and carried out post-market surveillance (PMS), but where should you get your clinical data […]

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Double Winners at the Medilink Midlands Business Awards

5th July 2021
6 life science companies from the West Midlands and 6 from the East Midlands were delighted to be selected as winners at yesterday’s Medilink Midlands Business Awards, which saw over 130 businesspeople from life science companies across the region and beyond come together online to celebrate and reflect on the past year. The awards recognise […]

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AHSN Network instrumental in generating over £462 million of UK investment during pandemic

25th June 2021
Over the last year[1], £462 million of investment has been leveraged and more than 1,400 jobs have been either created or protected as a result of work by the AHSN Network. These figures have been released as part of our 20-21 AHSN Network Impact Report, which looks at the collective impacts of England’s 15 AHSNs. Economic […]

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The Binding Site crowned Company of the Year at the Birmingham Post Business Awards

24th June 2021
Medilink Midlands patron The Binding Site has not only won the award for International Trade and Export at the Birmingham Post Business Awards but was also chosen ahead of all of the other category champions to be crowned overall Company of the Year. Commenting on the accolade, CEO Stefan Wolf said “This is a fantastic achievement. I […]

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SIP West Midlands Ambassador Training

18th June 2021
Future in Science – SIP West Midlands Ambassadors Date: Tuesday 29th June 2021, 13:00 – 17:00 via Zoom Why become a SIP Ambassador? • Receive virtual training to equip you with the skills to engage with and inspire young people • Develop knowledge, confidence and skills in planning engaging group activities • Deliver science careers workshops […]

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Forresters prepares for the finals of the Innovation Awards

17th June 2021
Forresters has been announced as a finalist of this year’s Innovation Awards, and will also be on its judging panel. The leading firm of patent and trade mark attorneys is one of the finalists for the Manufacturing Innovation Champion of the Year for the Business Sector award. Also, Forresters has been chosen to be on […]

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What do we do now that EUDAMED is delayed?

10th June 2021
Article 33 of the MDR required the setting up of a European database on medical devices: the widely feared EUDAMED! However, with this now being delayed to May 2022, MDCG 2021-1 has just been published with guidance on harmonised administrative practices and alternative technical solutions for the exchange of information… as an interim advice, to […]

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Why is ISO 15189 important?

10th June 2021
Competence in any field is crucial, but it’s even more pertinent in the medical sphere where the patient’s system is compromised by disease or injury. ISO 15189 is a mark of confidence awarded to medical laboratories – an accreditation that proves you are dedicated to delivering a proficient and quality service across all aspects of […]

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Sustainability in electronic manufacturing

10th June 2021
Sustainability in electronic manufacturing presents the opportunities to produce new product options in demand for small business manufacturers, tap into a new market, and modernize your business. The Green Supply Chain The traditional view of “lean manufacturing” is a way to be more efficient, strip waste from operations, and improve the company financials. Lean manufacturing […]

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Insurance for biotech companies: what cover do businesses need?

26th May 2021
Biotech companies face a variety of exposures throughout the life cycle of their business – from their research and development (R&D) phase, through to the clinical trials stage, and finally to the manufacture and sale of their products. Christine Lee, Senior Account Executive at insurance broker Gallagher, explores why effective and efficient management of intellectual […]

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Virtual Bio Integrates Conference surpasses expectations!

26th May 2021
The second fully virtual Bio Integrates Conference surpassed expectations, with over 450 delegates attending animated keynote speaker sessions and panel debates, addressing this year’s conference themes of Connection, Projection and Reflection. In his opening remarks, Andy Richards, CBE echoed the words of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities – reflecting upon the past 18 […]

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Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2021 launches visitor registration with conference programme & new event platform

17th May 2021
Med-Tech Innovation Expo has today opened visitor registration for the 2021 edition of the event, complete with a programme of 40+ speakers, 200+ exhibitors, and the launch of a new event platform for attendees to manage their experience. The CPD-certified programme will feature speakers from Cleveland Clinic, Department for International Trade, Med-S2T, and more. Darren […]

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Expansion of Midlands based digital software company

30th April 2021
Smart phone and Bluetooth technology, linked to an innovative digital remote care system, has cut hospital admissions in the Stockport area by almost forty per cent, saved the NHS more than two million pounds and empowered patients at home.  A digital solution, developed by Norwegian medical software company Dignio and adopted by Stockport based Mastercall […]

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Forresters announced as a business partner of Black Country 2.0

30th April 2021
A campaign to support businesses across the Black Country has received the backing of a leading firm of patent and trade mark attorneys. Forresters has signed up as a business partner of the Black Country 2.0 campaign, which aims to drive resilience and recovery across the region’s businesses. The campaign has been launched by the […]

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Leading British PPE manufacturer Tecman introduces new product lines

30th April 2021
Having led the field in the production of PPE from the early days of Covid-19, Tecman Advanced Healthcare Products has revealed the results of its ongoing focus on product development. In a recent survey carried out by the company, 73% of healthcare workers expressed concerns over wearer comfort – while a massive 90% were worried about […]

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Forresters celebrates World IP Day

26th April 2021
Forresters is celebrating World Intellectual Property Day, which this year focuses on the innovation and creativity of small and medium-sized enterprises. The leading firm of patent and trademark attorneys works with businesses of all sizes and is proud to support World Intellectual Property Day, which takes place on Monday, April 26th. Economic recovery is vital […]

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Lloyd Hoarton hands over to Matt Shaw as managing partner of Forresters

22nd April 2021
Forresters’ managing partner Lloyd Hoarton is retiring this month, after nearly three decades with the leading firm of patent and trade mark attorneys. Lloyd joined the company 29 years ago as a trainee patent attorney and says he has seen incredible changes in the profession. He leaves on March 31st and his successor will be […]

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Ten Forresters trainees pass their exams

22nd April 2021
A leading firm of patent and trade mark attorneys is delighted to announce that ten of its trainees have passed their IP Law exams, with one of them scoring the highest marks in the country. Celebrations are taking place at Forresters after the successes, which were achieved despite the restrictions surrounding Covid-19. At the Birmingham […]

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Shakespeare Martineau announces 13 promotions – including two partners

19th April 2021
Law firm Shakespeare Martineau, is celebrating a raft of internal promotions in its Shakespeare Martineau, Lime Solicitors, and Marrons Planning teams, as part of its ambitious growth strategy. Birmingham-based property litigation expert Justine Ball has been promoted to partner after nearly 10 years with Shakespeare Martineau. Justine specialises in telecoms and advising landowners on the termination and renewal of leases. Contentious […]

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Entrepreneur Academy launched to support health and social innovators across West Midlands

15th April 2021
The Meridian Health and Social Care Entrepreneur Academy is launching this month (April 2021) which aims to support health and social care innovators across the West Midlands. The Academy is being led by West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) and will be supported by the Black Country and West Birmingham Sustainability and Transformation Partnership […]

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‘Apprentice Power’ helps Brandauer secure £500,000 ‘nose clip’ reshoring opportunity

6th April 2021
The power of young minds has played a key role in the launch of a new modular tooling approach that is enabling the rapid development of new nose clip designs for use in face coverings all over the world. Brandauer, one of the UK’s leading metal pressings and stamping specialists, has employed six apprentices in […]

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Medilink member crowned winners at West Midlands healthcare awards

31st March 2021
The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) has revealed the winners of its esteemed Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards. The 15 winning teams, individuals or projects from across the West Midlands were announced in last night’s (30 March) virtual ceremony, hosted by TV personality Des Coleman. Since its launch in 2015, the programme has […]

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Career opportunities at The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network

18th March 2021
New vacancy: Clinical Director 17 March 2021 If you are a clinical leader passionate about ensuring that patients have early access to the latest innovations in care then this is a rare opportunity for you to accelerate your interest and career at the forefront of clinical research and practice. Read “New vacancy: Clinical Director” New […]

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Stefan Wolf appointed CEO of The Binding Site with former CEO, Charles de Rohan, to retire and join Board of Directors

17th March 2021
The Board of Directors of The Binding Site (TBS or The Company) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stefan Wolf as CEO of the Company. Stefan was until recently the Global Division President running both the Clinical Diagnostic and Immunodiagnostic divisions of Thermo Fisher Scientific. Charles de Rohan will remain part of The Binding Site ecosystem […]

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New wireless nurse call fob from Static Systems offers improved safety for out-of-bed patients

17th March 2021
Medilink member Static Systems Group (SSG) has extended its Aspire SmartSync® wireless nurse call product range to include a wireless call fob; giving patients the freedom to move around their room, walk to the ward’s day room, and other communal areas, yet still be able to request immediate staff assistance. With trusts looking to provide […]

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West Midlands manufacturer Tecman develop Optec™ sustainable biomaterial face shield system for the NHS

11th March 2021
Medilink Midlands member, Tecman Advanced Healthcare Products is leading the field in the development of sustainable high-quality, British-made PPE with Optec™ – a new biomaterial reusable face shield system designed to help the NHS reach it’s carbon emission reduction targets. At the start of Covid-19, the urgent need for safe and comfortable PPE to protect […]

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Job opportunity: STP innovation manager – UHCW

4th March 2021
An exciting opportunity has arisen to help drive the innovation agenda across Coventry and Warwickshire. University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (UHCW) are looking for a highly motivated and passionate individual to support innovation adoption across Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Care Partnership. The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network bridge the gap between NHS, academia […]

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West Midlands health and social care teams awarded innovation and improvement funding

4th March 2021
Six health and social care teams from across the West Midlands have been awarded up to £10,000 in funding from the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN). The Safety Innovation & Improvement Fund will provide each team with funding to support the spread or adoption of an innovation or improvement resulting in improvements for […]

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Launch of a new West Midlands Science Skills Group

1st March 2021
Medilink Midlands are working with SIP to draw an industry-focused and driven program to look at the current and future specific training and skill requirements for and to support the Life Science health and MedTech industry sector and we would welcome your input. Please join us on 22 April (10.30 am – 12.00 pm) to learn more […]

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West Midlands manufacturer launching Optec®sustainable biomaterial face shield system

26th February 2021
Tecman Advanced Healthcare Products is once more leading the field in the development of high-quality, British-made PPE with Optec® – a new biomaterial reusable face shield system designed to help the NHS reach it’s carbon emission reduction targets. At the start of Covid-19, the urgent need for safe and comfortable PPE to protect frontline healthcare […]

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Diagnostic technology company secures £800k for point of care diagnostics platform

25th February 2021
Former Medilink member, Birmingham-based Linear Diagnostics Ltd has secured £800,000 from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) and other investors in the company’s second round of funding, which will enable the company to commence the development of the hardware platform for its tests. The finance will facilitate the ongoing development of the company’s high-speed platform technology for point of […]

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Endless monitoring applications at Lonza Houston’s cell & gene therapy facility

24th February 2021
World’s largest cell and gene therapy manufacturing plant expand the use of Vaisala viewLinc Monitoring System as operations grow. Swiss drug manufacturer Lonza Ltd. is a leading global supplier of contract manufacturing services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Lonza combines technological innovation with world-class manufacturing and process excellence to provide services in pharma, biotech, nutrition and […]

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App designed to help reduce hospital admissions in Midlands

23rd February 2021
A digital remote care solution including a mobile phone app is being used by Dudley CCG to help improve the care of patients at home with COVID. The app developed by Norwegian medical software company, Dignio, is helping patients stay at home safely and so avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital as well as alerting clinical […]

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Binding Site listed in The Sunday Times International Track – Ones to Recognise

23rd February 2021
On Sunday 21st February, Binding Site was one of only five businesses to be listed in the Sunday Times, International Track Ones to Recognise. The shortlist, compiled by Fast Track and HSBC UK, highlights companies from a cross-section of industries that deserve special recognition for their international growth. For Binding Site, this equated to 93 […]

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Three high-profile appointees heighten ambition for Birmingham Health Partners

22nd February 2021
The second city’s University-NHS partnership Birmingham Health Partners (BHP) has made three high-profile appointments to its leadership board – announcing Professor Sir Robert Lechler and Dame Yve Buckland as Non-Executive Directors and former Chairman of NHS Improvement and Deputy Chairman of NHS England, Ed Smith, as independent Chair. BHP is a strategic alliance which aims […]

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Adjusting to EU Trading Post-Brexit

22nd February 2021
The Office for Life Sciences and the Department for Health and Social Care are keen to speak to businesses about adjusting to the new trading relationship with the EU. If you are a business which trades with the EU, and are happy to talk to Government about how you are adjusting post-Brexit, click here to email us.

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First virtual open day for Black Country & Marches Institute of Technology’s

22nd February 2021
Black Country & Marches Institute of Technology are delighted to be hosting our first virtual open event on Saturday 6th March (10am – 2pm). Find out more about the Black Country & Marches Institute of Technology, opening this September, from the comfort of your own home. What happens on the day? The virtual day will […]

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Latest Office for Life Sciences Bulletin – including £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund

17th February 2021
The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) is a joint unit between the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Medilink shares this bulletin with its members and networks to provide the life sciences sector with the latest news and guidance as government implements the UK-EU Trade […]

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Shortlist announced for Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards

17th February 2021
The shortlist has been announced for the fifth annual Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards, celebrating healthcare innovation in the West Midlands. Since its launch in 2015, the programme has been celebrating individuals and organisations that are revolutionising healthcare across the region with new ideas, technologies, and initiatives. This year, shortlisted entries have been selected for […]

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ISO specialists, IMSM join Medilink membership

8th February 2021
Medilink Midlands welcomes ISO specialists IMSM to its membership, with over 25+ years experience and over 15,000 successful implementations for standards ranging from Medical Device to Laboratories. In addition to ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 13485:2016 there are multiple standards available that can boost productivity and security, mitigate risk and reduce waste in your organisation. Below […]

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B2B Opportunity – Leading manufacturer of air purification products seeking importer/distributor

4th February 2021
Established Finnish Air Purification company seeks a UK-based distributor/importer with a proven track record to sell a suite of innovative air purification products within a variety of industries including public and private healthcare. Established and based in Finland, this company have produced an innovative suite of standalone Air Purification products aimed at a wide array […]

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HeartFlow: transforming the way coronary heart disease is diagnosed and treated

29th January 2021
With the support of all 15 AHSNs, an innovative non-invasive solution for diagnosing coronary heart disease is now being used by 50+ hospitals across England. The HeartFlow Fractional Flow Reserve CT (FFRCT) Analysis is the first non-invasive diagnostic tool that aids clinicians in determining, vessel by vessel, both the extent of an artery’s narrowing and the […]

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Opportunity to join the World’s largest Life Sciences exhibition

28th January 2021
EXHIBIT AT THE WORLD’S LARGEST HEALTHCARE & LIFE SCIENCES EVENT 16 – 19 NOVEMBER 2020, DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY Medilink UK are continuing to expand their presence at Medica 2020 with a larger UK pavilion. The increase in space and presence at the World’s largest healthcare & life sciences exhibition is a direct result of the speed at which the 2019 pavilion sold out. […]

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Recyclable visor to fight COVID-19 receives CE mark

28th January 2021
CE certification for manKIND visor as manufacturing collective targets 100,000 sales A group of nine manufacturers, who developed a new recyclable visor to be used in the fight against Covid-19, is celebrating a major milestone in style by securing CE certification for the product. The Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), which comprises eight sub-contract specialists and […]

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Fully funded – Digital Innovation for Manufacturing programme with WMG

27th January 2021
The WMG SME Group is a dedicated team and very eager to work with you. Utilising this fully-funded programme, they aim to overcome your manufacturing and supply chain challenges. Part of the University of Warwick, we have the latest technologies and equipment. Our world class technicians, industry experts and scientists can bring new ideas to life, improve efficiency and […]

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Midlands region delivering £90m of COVID research to support the nation’s fight against COVID-19

25th January 2021
A new report – Mobilising Research Excellence in the Midlands to Tackle COVID-19 – published today (Friday, January 15 2021) reveals that the Midlands has moved swiftly to apply its wealth of capability in its hospitals, universities and businesses to deliver £90m of research to support regional, national and global efforts to tackle the Coronavirus […]

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Static Systems Group welcomes Halma as its new owner

18th January 2021
Static Systems Group is delighted to announce that it has been acquired by Halma, a FTSE 100 global group of life-saving technology companies. Halma, headquartered in the UK, is driven by a clear purpose to grow a safer, cleaner, healthier future for everyone, every day which is highly aligned with Static Systems’ values, strategy and […]

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New COVID-19 RNA test gives accurate results within minutes

7th January 2021
University of Birmingham researchers have invented a COVID-19 test that reduces testing time from 30 minutes to under five, and delivers accurate results. The method is described in a preprint paper (yet to be peer-reviewed) published on MedRxiv, where the researchers also demonstrate the rapidity and sensitivity of their method using patient sample RNA provided by […]

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Entries now open for Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards

14th December 2020
Today, the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network is proud to announce the return of the prestigious Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards, with entries now open. Since its launch in 2015, the awards programme has been celebrating the individuals and organisations that are revolutionising healthcare in the West Midlands with new ideas, technologies, and initiatives. […]

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B2B Opportunity – Healthcare Distributors required for infection prevention hand sanitisers

3rd December 2020
Big Ask#3 – Opp – 00018 Healthcare Distributors required for infection prevention hand sanitisers. This established West Midlands based medical device and disinfectant manufacturer have two successful hand hygiene products available for distribution. Two formulations are available, a hand rub (InSpec) HR, 80% Ethanol and a hand gel (InSpec HG) 85% Ethanol. The hand rub […]

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Calling all Medtech businesses – applications open

25th November 2020
BetaDen – Worcestershire’s commercial technology accelerator based at Malvern Hills Science Park – has opened applications for its fourth cohort of businesses, including those from the MedTech community. Early-stage and established technology businesses carrying out focussed R&D can apply to join the nine-month accelerator in March 2021 where they will benefit from a refreshed programme […]

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Magnetic brain waves to detect injury and disease

25th November 2020
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new sensor to measure weak magnetic signals in the brain, which has the potential to increase understanding of connectivity in the brain, and detect signs of traumatic brain injury, dementia and schizophrenia.  Magnetic signals in the brain are measured by magnetoencephalography (MEG).  They are easier to […]

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UoB researchers design a new approach to treating cancers and other diseases

25th November 2020
A new approach to treating cancers and other diseases that uses a mechanically interlocked molecule as a ‘magic bullet’ has been designed by researchers at the University of Birmingham. Called rotaxanes, the molecules are tiny nanoscale structures that resemble a dumbbell with a ring trapped around the central post.  Scientists have been experimenting with rotaxanes […]

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Medilink member develop Anti-COVID-19 nasal spray ‘ready for use in humans’

19th November 2020
A nasal spray that can provide effective protection against the COVID-19 virus has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham, using materials already cleared for use in humans. A team in the University’s Healthcare Technologies Institute formulated the spray using compounds already widely approved by regulatory bodies in the UK, Europe and the […]

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Investigation into government procurement during the COVID-19 pandemic

18th November 2020
Today the National Audit Office (NAO) reports a lack of transparency and adequate documentation of some key decisions, such as why particular suppliers were chosen or how government identified and managed potential conflicts of interest, in the awarding of some contracts while government was procuring large volumes of goods and services at high speed to […]

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Latest Office for Life Sciences Bulletin

17th November 2020
The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) is a joint unit between the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Medilink shares this bulletin with its members and networks to keep the life sciences sector up to date on the latest guidance as we approach the end of […]

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Midlands manufacturers complain they are being locked out of NHS PPE contracts

13th November 2020
A consortium of Midlands businesses has slammed the UK Government for providing what it has labelled ‘inadequate and inappropriate’ Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) sourced from abroad during the Coronavirus crisis and is calling for Ministers to stop overlooking UK manufacturers that have both the capacity and capability to produce vital equipment. The Midlands PPE Collective […]

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Meridian awarded Gold Accreditation by ideasUK

10th November 2020
The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network’s Meridian Innovation Exchange platform has received ideasUK gold accreditation for the third year running. Despite a challenging year for the health and life sciences sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud to have kept our standards high and improved upon last year’s scores. The accreditation process […]

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NHS Social Care Digital Programme

10th November 2020
What if you could use predictive analytics to create better strategies for the way care services are provided? That is the question that PredictX, Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (CSU), and the City of Wolverhampton Council sought to answer through their NHS Social Care Digital Programme. Together with the funding and support of NHS […]

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WMAHSN innovation job opportunity announced

10th November 2020
Innovation Exchange Co-ordinator This is an exciting opportunity to support innovators across industry, healthcare and academia within the West Midlands. The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN); hosted by UHB, is one of 15 AHSNs across England. We work in partnership with NHS trusts, SMEs, care homes and universities to spread innovations at scale […]

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Midlands Manufacturer Awarded EN 13795 For UK Made PPE

3rd November 2020
Staff and Turnover growth following Wearwell’s  Investment and achievement in producing certified PPE Gowns   Tamworth based Wearwell (UK) Ltd, a UK manufacturer of workwear and PPE, has become one of the first manufacturers in the country to be awarded EN 13795 certification, alongside the CE mark, for its UK made disposable surgical gown. Approached via Medilink […]

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Equality and diversity group for Medilink member Forresters

3rd November 2020
A leading firm of patent and trade mark attorneys is building on its reputation for boosting diversity in its industry. Forresters has created an Equality and Diversity Group with the aim of delivering a culture where everyone can thrive and feel relaxed, regardless of their background. Varinderpal Gosal recently joined the firm as marketing executive […]

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New mouth spray could benefit patients with painful genetic skin condition

2nd November 2020
A new spray for treating severely painful blisters, mouth ulceration and oral scarring in patients with a rare genetic skin condition is being developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham. The spray is designed for patients with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a condition that causes the skin to blister and tear at the slightest touch. […]

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Patients Set To Benefit From Faster Drug Development As 3P’s Innovative R1000 Robotic Capsule Filler Goes Live At Arcinova

2nd November 2020
Arcinova, a multi-service Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisation (CDMO) based in Alnwick, Northumberland, has recently taken delivery and commissioned the award winning R1000 Robotic Capsule Filler from life-sciences automation company 3P innovation, as part of the ‘Fill-Inova’ project. The R1000 includes 3P’s award-winning, patented Fill2Weight micro-dosing technology, which directly supports the optimisation of drug substance through direct filling into capsules. Thanks to its […]

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West Midlands college partners global leader, – amidst huge demand for medical engineers

21st October 2020
Dudley College of Technology’s partnership with Avensys UK Ltd – working in partnership to deliver high quality, industry-led medical engineering apprenticeships. Medilink WM member Dudley College of Technology and Avensys UK Limited have forged an exciting new partnership, which will see the development of a niche curriculum in medical engineering. Avensys UK Limited currently provide, […]

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ABHI calls on Medilink members to support ‘COVID Impact on HealthTech’ survey

21st October 2020
ABHI has recently outlined the inevitable consequences that the surge in coronavirus cases will have on the levels of NHS elective activity. The impact of this on our industry is mixed and by no means uniform.   Whilst ABHI continues to advocate for the positives it has seen in innovation adoption to be captured, it maintains that parts of our sector will once […]

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

20th October 2020
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). 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 […]

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B2B Opportunity – Novel versatile central line infection reducing device seeks a commercial negotiator/partner or licencing deal.

20th October 2020
Big Ask#3 – Opp – 00017 Novel versatile central line infection reducing device seeks a commercial negotiator/partner or licencing deal. Resuscitation and intensive care of critically ill patients is not possible without the use of intravascular central venous catheters with 250,000 procedures done in the USA alone. Unfortunately, central line infections are one of the […]

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What could a £7,500 Innovation Grant do for your business?

20th October 2020
MedTech Navigator – Innovation Grants Next Deadline for applications: 27th November 2020 – 12 Noon What could a £7,500 Innovation Grant do for your business? Having access to the right knowledge and expertise is an essential part of successfully developing and commercialising new products and services for the health and care market. Key stakeholders need to […]

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New Device for Detecting Traumatic Brain Injury ‘On the Spot’

16th October 2020
A method for detecting traumatic brain injury at the point of care has been developed by scientists at the University of Birmingham. Using chemical biomarkers released by the brain immediately after a head injury occurs, researchers are able to pinpoint when patients need urgent medical attention. This saves time in delivering vital treatment and avoids […]

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Cutting-edge treatments to be fast-tracked to patients through international collaborations

15th October 2020
The UK will join the USA, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Singapore and Brazil to speed up the approval of innovative medicines. International regulators will work together to authorise promising treatments after the EU transition period Medicines will include cancer treatments NHS patients could have quicker access to the next generation of cutting-edge treatments thanks to the […]

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B2B Opportunity – Developer of a new medical grade device, the Mouth Protector Guard, seeking UK Manufacturer / Distributor

14th October 2020
Big Ask#3 – Opp – 00016 Developer of a new medical grade device, the Mouth Protector Guard, seeking UK Manufacturer / Distributor. A West Midlands based company have designed and developed a new patented medical grade device called The Mouth Protector Guard (MPG). This “single use” mouth/face protector is used to assist with preventing healthcare […]

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MedilinkWM B2B Opportunities Service sees Hospital Direct (Marketing) sign an Exclusive Distributor Agreement for their innovative Infection Control Solution

14th October 2020
The CiFi Torch is one of the most powerful high-quality LED forensic light sources currently available on the global market. Standing for ‘Cleaning Inspection Forensic Investigation Torch’, the product can locate traces not visible to the naked eye, even in bright light ambient conditions.  Developed by CopperTree Forensics, in just 2 years CopperTree have changed the landscape […]

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ANOTHER YEAR OF CELEBRATION AT THE VIRTUAL MEDILINK UK HEALTHCARE BUSINESS AWARDS

9th October 2020
Over 190 individuals from across the Healthcare and Life Sciences sector came together online, on Thursday 8 October to celebrate success at the Medilink UK National Awards. The awards recognised a multitude of achievements and outstanding contributions to the Life Sciences industry, and five companies from across the country were crowned as national winners. Winning […]

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Career opportunties at Midlands Engine

5th October 2020
The Midlands hosts a wealth of academic, industrial and clinical strengths, from healthcare technologies (e.g. MedTech, health data and imaging), through disease/lifestyle-driven illness (e.g. respiratory, cardiovascular, diabetes, renal and gastrointestinal) to rehabilitation and clinical trials. Midlands Engine Health will draw upon this expertise, in combination with the drive and focus of Midlands Engine, to support […]

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AHSN Virtual Health & Care Week launches to promote digital innovation across the Midlands

24th September 2020
Bookings are now open for Midlands Digital Health and Care Week which will take place 12-16 October. Organised by the West Midlands and East Midlands Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN), the event is a weeklong series of short, virtual sessions showcasing digital transformation projects from across the Midlands. The sessions are open to NHS, Social […]

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Creavo Medical Technologies appoints Martin Frost as Chairman

24th September 2020
Medilink member, Creavo Medical Technologies Ltd (Creavo), the medical device company developing innovative diagnostics techniques, has announced that it has appointed Martin Frost as Chairman of the Board of Directors. In this role, Martin will drive Creavo’s fundraising plans, and guide its strategy to scale the business and commercialise its diagnostic technologies. Creavo has designed […]

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Medilink WM Patron & member benefit from ‘virtual’ introduction

10th September 2020
Medilink member DHC Innovations Ltd and patron Birmingham City University (BCU) new venture after introductions at Medilink WM virtual coffee morning. Staffordshire based family run DHC Innovations Ltd, inventors of the award-winning Optishield, were looking to update and enhance their website and social media platforms. Through Medilink introductions, DHC Innovations Ltd decided to apply for BCU’s […]

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First formal success for MedilinkWM’s B2B Opportunities Service

10th September 2020
First formal success for MedilinkWM’s B2B Opportunities Service as Safer Options Ltd sign a Distributor Agreement with Sylatech Ltd for their Novel Personal Handheld tool called the KeepSafe

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Static Systems Group launches two integrated attack alarm solutions

9th September 2020
Medilink WM member Static Systems Group has developed two attack alarm solutions that use exactly the same technology platform as SSG’s nurse call system already embedded in many UK acute hospitals , allowing existing infrastructure, mobile, and indicating devices to be multi-purposed.

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Birmingham City University’s £170,000 project to boost nursing in Zambia

9th September 2020
Medilink patron Birmingham City Univerity (BCU) has been awarded £173,000 from a new government package, funding projects across the globe to support communities hit by the coronavirus. The money awarded will be used to boost trauma and emergency nursing in Zambia.

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Keele contributes to national Covid-19 response

8th September 2020
Medilink member Keele University has impressively supported their local community in response to COVID-19.

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Funding boost for AI-based epilepsy monitoring

8th September 2020
Today, Medilink member the University of Birmingham shares the amazing news, its spinout company Neuronostics has been awarded £720,000 of government funding to fund the development of its first prototype clinical platform – developing the software that will bring BioEP technology safely and securely into the clinic. 

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New Birmingham hospital opens to provide essential rehabilitation support for patients

4th September 2020
The West Midlands Academic Science Network (WMAHSN) has been collaborating with Circle Health Rehabilitation and BMI Healthcare during the pandemic, delivering a series of events on the Future of Rehabilitation, specifically focused on patients recovering from COVID-19 and the ongoing health issues that the virus can result in.

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

4th September 2020
This week's OLS Bulletin includes MHRA's published, first formal regulatory guidance on the post-transition period. This included guidance on Clinical trials, Medical Devices, Licensing, Importing and exporting, IT systems, Pharmacovigilance, and Paediatrics

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Applications for the NHS Innovation Accelerator are now open!

2nd September 2020
The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) – an NHS England initiative supported by England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and hosted at UCLPartners – has launched its call for applications representing high impact, evidence-based innovations.

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Regional collaboration delivers quality focussed Covid-19 test kit in record time

26th August 2020
Medilink West Midlands patron, The Binding Site has launched a new test to detect COVID-19 antibodies in people with recent exposure, who are asymptomatic, or have mild symptoms. With the focus on mild non-hospitalised patient blood samples, the SARS-CoV-2 Antibody ELISA assay was developed in partnership with the University of Birmingham’s Clinical Immunology Service with the initial […]

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Small and Medium-Sized (SME) Enterprise Innovation Fund

26th August 2020
The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) is working closely with Mercia Asset Management (MAM); a leading investment business, to help build and support healthcare businesses across the West Midlands (WM). The SME Innovation Fund will provide investment as well as links to the health and care system and academic communities. In doing so […]

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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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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 – 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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