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Keep up to date with the latest news and information from Medilink West Midlands and our members across the Medical Technology and Life Science sectors, together with topical regional, national and international news.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Opportunity 8 – Funding for ideas that address COVID-19

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7th April 2020

UKRI will support excellent proposals up to 12-18 months duration.

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

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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.

COVID-19 PPE challenge

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3rd April 2020

NIHR launch PPE Challenge to protect front line workers from COVID-19. 

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

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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 […]

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

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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.

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

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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.

EU Commission to postpone MDR implementation following COVID-19 pandemic

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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.

COVID-19: Call for rapid sanitising technology for ambulances

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26th March 2020

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

Coronavirus: Apps to help children and young people

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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.

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

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25th March 2020

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

Mills & Reeve online hub – updates and guidance around Coronavirus

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25th March 2020

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

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

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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.

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

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24th March 2020

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

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

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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.

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

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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 […]

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

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24th March 2020

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

Birmingham University makes hand sanitiser to support the regions frontline staff

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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.

Office for Life Sciences – 19 March Bulletin

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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).

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

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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.

Medilink West Midlands – Coronavirus

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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.

Latest Bulletin from Office For Life Sciences – 27 March

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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 […]

Coronavirus: Apps to help self-management

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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.

Coronavirus: how can you escape liability?

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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.

Developing AI regulation – what to expect

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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.

NHS Innovation Accelerator 2020 Launch

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13th March 2020

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

SEHTA MedTech Expo and Conf – New date statement

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12th March 2020

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

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

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12th March 2020

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

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

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12th March 2020

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

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

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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.

SME Innovation Fund – Applications now open!

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9th March 2020

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

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

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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.

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

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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

Latest update from the Office for Life Sciences (OLS)

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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 […]

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

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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.

Why MDSAP Opens a World of Opportunity for Med Devices

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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.

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

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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.

£10 million boost to improve patient care with new technologies

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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.

EpiBone Embodies Paperless Efficiencies in Personalized Medicine

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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.

Six new Life Sciences Opportunity Zones for Birmingham.

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24th February 2020

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

Regional Winners announced at Medilink WM Business Awards

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18th February 2020

Medilink WM Regional Winners set their sights towards the ‘Nationals’ on 1 April at the HIlton Metropole, Birmingham.

West Midlands businesses celebrate at Medilink WM Business Awards

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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.

Medilink UK appoints new CEO

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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.

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

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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 […]

WMAHSN adopt new innovation platform to enhance healthcare ecosystem

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14th January 2020

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

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

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8th January 2020

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

West Midlands AHSN launches Digital Health and Skills Lab

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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.

AF Aware Week: Thinking Detect, Protect and Perfect

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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.

The AHSN Network bridges the gap for NHS Innovators

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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.

Orthocell claims top spot at national competition Pitch@Palace

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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.

Funding opportunity: Revolutionising cancer treatment with genomics

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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.

Medilink member Gowling WLG finalists at the British Legal Awards 2019

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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.

Low number of health apps reach minimum standards

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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 […]

AI could be as effective at diagnosing disease as health professionals

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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 […]

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

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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.

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

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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.

Science to Industry (S2I) programme

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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.

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

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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. 

Free export support and training to West Midlands businesses

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11th September 2019

Free support & training for businesses interested in export with the Department for International Trade

Medilink member discounts at Pharma Integrates 2019

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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 + […]

Lumien: Understand the temperature of Mental Health across your organisation

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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!

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

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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.

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

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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.

Civility Saves Lives – Calling it out with Compassion Event

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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.

Lil-Lets tackling period poverty with Everton Ladies

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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.

£98m Healthy Ageing Challenge competition launched

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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.

Department for International Trade – China Oncology Mission 2019

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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.

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

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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.

‘Great Things’ expected of Worcestershire innovators

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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.

Medilink Midlands members discount at Medical Device Engineering Show

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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.

Accessing the NHS Guide for SMEs – Moving Forward

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24th June 2019

Free access to NHS guide for SME’s – Moving Forward

Potential medical device industry benefits for Mauritius & UK

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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.  

SBRI Healthcare launch latest funding competition

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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.

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

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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.

NHS Digital invitation to tender launched for GP IT Futures programme

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Transatlantic Trade Opportunities for Midlands Life Science Companies

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13th May 2019

Positive outcomes for Midlands life science companies following City of Mentor visit.

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

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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.

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

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3rd May 2019

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

Evaluating medical innovations: apply for funding

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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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