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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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Calling all Medtech businesses – applications open

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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 […]

Magnetic brain waves to detect injury and disease

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Investigation into government procurement during the COVID-19 pandemic

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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 […]

Latest Office for Life Sciences Bulletin

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Meridian awarded Gold Accreditation by ideasUK

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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 […]

NHS Social Care Digital Programme

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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 […]

WMAHSN innovation job opportunity announced

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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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