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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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New COVID-19 RNA test gives accurate results within minutes

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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 […]

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 […]

Midlands Manufacturer Awarded EN 13795 For UK Made PPE

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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.

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

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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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