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20 August 2015  Rachel Myers
NHS Supply Chain Contract Extension
By Rachel Myers @ 15:54 :: 105 Views

NHS Business Services Authority announces two year contract extension for the NHS Supply Chain service with DHL. 

The contract’s aim is to drive value for the NHS by delivering an increased cash releasing savings target of £300m by October 2018.

The NHS Business Services Authority is pleased to announce that the current NHS Supply Chain service contract has been extended with DHL by two years from 2016 until 2018. 

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20 August 2015  
CRUK publishes report on the NHS's molecular diagnostic testing service for cancer patients in England
By @ 09:31 :: 100 Views

Thousands of cancer patients are missing out on personalised treatments each year in England because they are not being given a test to see if they might benefit from them, according to a new report from Cancer Research UK.

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11 August 2015  
David Horne announced as President of BIVDA
By @ 14:26 :: 93 Views

The British In Vitro Diagnostics Association has appointed David Horne as President of the Association, who takes up office with immediate effect.

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27 July 2015  
Six major projects to bring innovative pathology tests to patients
By @ 15:49 :: 73 Views

To support molecular pathology, the MRC and EPSRC have supported six nodes led by the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leicester, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham. Each node brings researchers, clinicians and industry together to develop molecular diagnostic tools, to enable stratification, in disease areas such as cancer, respiratory diseases, digestive disease, infections, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and lupus.

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20 July 2015  
All Party Parliamentary Group established to raise profile of UK Life Sciences sector
By @ 15:47 :: 73 Views

Today the new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Life Sciences holds its official launch event in Parliament. The group has been established to raise awareness and understanding of the valuable contribution the life sciences sector provides to the health and the wealth of the nation

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13 July 2015  BIVDA admin
HQ and CEO of the Precision Medicine Catapult Announced
By BIVDA admin @ 16:16 :: 314 Views

Innovate UK has announced today that the Precision Medicine Catapult will be headquartered in Cambridge. The new Chief Executive, John McKinley was also announced today. 

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26 June 2015   BIVDA
Latest Strategy Newsletter from the Office of Life Sciences Released
By BIVDA @ 12:26 :: 132 Views

The latest edition of the Strategy of UK Life Sciences Newsletter has been released, with George Freeman MP outlining his intentions for this Parliament, highlighting his commitment to digital technology, the 100,000 Genomes Project, and the Accelerated Access Review.

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23 June 2015   BIVDA
Cancer recognition and referral guidelines updated by NICE
By BIVDA @ 12:27 :: 126 Views

NICE has published its updated guidance on Suspected cancer: recognition and referral. These guidelines cover the recognition and selection for referral or investigation in primary care of people of all ages, and should also help those in secondary care to understand which services should be provided for people with suspected cancer.

New guidance for GPs means that cancer tests will be extended to more than half a million extra people a year. Click below to find out more.

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11 June 2015   BIVDA
DH publish interim findings of Lord Carter’s productivity review
By BIVDA @ 12:31 :: 170 Views

The interim findings of Lord Carter’s review into productivity in NHS hospitals has been NHS productivity. His report finds that the NHS could save up to £5 billion every year by 2020 by making better use of staff, using medicines more effectively and getting better value from the huge number of products it buys.

He has outlined a number of recommendations, including the need for further investigations into diagnostics. The full report will be published in autumn 2015

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09 June 2015   BIVDA
National Screening Committee upholds rejection of new screening programmes
By BIVDA @ 12:32 :: 121 Views
It has been confirmed today that the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) upheld its recommendation against screening programme for bladder cancer, following a review.

The UK NSC also rejected introducing:

• Screening adults for depression
• Screening newborn babies for amino acid metabolism disorders
• Screening newborn babies for fatty-acid oxidation disorders
• Screening newborn babies for Galactosaemia

Click below to find further information on the review.

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