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Media Monitoring: 28 February – 4 March

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BIVDA member Digostics GDM remote test screening trial suggests positive results

  • Digital clinical diagnostics and diabetes home testing provider and BIVDA member Digostics has revealed the results from its gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) remote screening collaboration with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS)
  • The partnership saw expectant mothers in Hampshire become the first globally to access the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) without needing to attend clinic
  • Up to 20% of UK pregnancies are impacted by GDM, with background risk factors including age, ethnicity and body mass index

Aptamer and Neuro-Bio enter next stage in Alzheimer’s test development

  • This latest phase involves development of an additional Optimer binder against the innovative Neuro-Bio target implicated in Alzheimer’s disease, with the goal of developing reagents for a lateral flow test for early disease detection
  • Following the earlier identification of Optimer binders to this novel Alzheimer’s disease biomarker, these binders have been characterised for use in lateral flow and biosensor assays

UK Approved Bodies found Team-AB to aid regulatory understanding

  • Team-AB represents UK Approved Bodies in their dealings with key stakeholders, including: MHRA, industry trade associations and other stakeholder groups
  • It will provide a forum for applicant and designated Approved Bodies to share experience, discuss pertinent topics and enable a united voice for medical device UK Approved Bodies

SME Council membership revealed ahead of first meeting

  • Chaired by Small Business Minister, Kevin Hollinrake, the Council will work alongside the PM’s Business Council to tackle the key issues facing small firms who will be given new levels of access direct to government
  • The Council will include small business organisations such as Small Business Britain, the Federation of Small Businesses and Family Business UK, as well as SMEs themselves
  • The Council will be a powerful voice for small businesses within Government and has been tasked with overseeing three key areas for small firms – Access to finance, skills and support as well as removing barriers

Britain must be more strategic in funding science, says former adviser (paywall)