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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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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

STEM funding pot of £400,000 opens for applications

4th December 2019

A funding pot of more than £400,000 is now open to schools, charities and not-for-profit organisations across the West Midlands as part of a major Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education initiative. The Millennium Point Charitable Trust has opened its latest Small Grants Programme for applications, with up to £20,000 available for individual applicants.

WMAHSN crowned winners at ideasUK 33rd International Conference

4th December 2019

The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) scooped three awards at the prestigious ideasUK conference, held in Edinburgh on the 13 / 14 November, including the Idea of the Year Award for the Safer Provision and Caring Excellence (SPACE) QI Programme, which sets out to improve the care offered to elderly patients.

Latest Lifescience Industry – Discovering Health Technology

21st November 2019

The latest edition of the Lifescience Industry Magazine is now available online. Issue 17 includes the latest news and developments from the life science sector, with editorial covering the complete health technology spectrum, as well as updates on finance and funding, international trade and regulation. Pages 40-41 highlight the latest Medilink events taking place across […]

Experience the Future of Medical Imaging

16th October 2019

Medilink Midlands invites you to experience the future of Medical Imaging through our partnership with the Medical Imaging Convention, an event dedicated to offering a comprehensive program on the latest innovations in imaging diagnosis and treatment.

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