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BIVDA AGM: Summary

By March 27, 2024No Comments

BIVDA held our AGM at One Great George Street last Wednesday. The packed audience heard the release of our new strategy, expert presentations, and the announcement of BIVDA’s new board members and Chief Executive.

The strength of the new BIVDA team was displayed for all to see at the front of the auditorium: New Chief Executive Helen Dent, Head of Policy, Programmes and Compliance, Paul Fisher, Treasurer Jag Grewal and Chair Helen Tucker, President Angela Douglas and Head of Regulatory Strategy, Professor Mike Messenger.

Jag Grewal kicked off proceedings by outlining BIVDA’s healthy financial position and detailing our current and projected expenditure.

Chair Helen Tucker then followed with exciting news, confirming that Helen Dent has officially been appointed as Chief Executive, following a successful period as interim. Helen Tucker also revealed those who have successfully joined, or rejoined, the BIVDA Board: Glyconics’ Kam Pooni, AMLo Biosciences’ Jane Meaney and DiaSorin’s Mark Jackman.

The Chair’s report provided a summary of BIVDA’s key activity over the past year, including how BIVDA has incorporated the broad range of member voices into our priorities. Helen noted that BIVDA’s team has been significantly strengthened over the past twelve months in response to members’ needs, with each entrusted to deliver sector-leading engagement and output.

In Helen Dent’s first address as Chief Executive, she conveyed BIVDA’s first ever strategy, which will be adopted for the next three-year period. BIVDA’s vision will be to advance the vital role of diagnostics in shaping the future of healthcare.

BIVDA’s strategy will be underpinned by the 4Is – to drive investment and innovation in the medical diagnostics industry, and to inspire and influence on behalf of the sector. By achieving these aims, we will grow our industry, provide significant economic benefits to the UK, and secure improved health outcomes for patients. Helen also covered the findings of the recent IPSOS Mori survey of member and stakeholder attitudes towards BIVDA.

The event also marked BIVDA President Angela Douglas’ first speech in post, which took the audience on an inspirational journey across the numerous achievements from her over 40-year career. It was a timely reminder that we are truly fortunate to have such strong female leadership in a sector seeking to inspire the next generation of female scientists and innovators.

Angela proceeded to explain the many changes she had observed during her years in the NHS, and how these new developments, including EDI, POCT and sustainability, were fundamental in eliciting positive transformation across the health service. Angela’s role will be critical in aligning industry, the NHS and research through her leadership, knowledge, and invaluable experience, to benefit members and patients.

Professor Mike Messenger presented the structure of BIVDA’s upcoming regulatory strategy and current ecosystem. Mike explained that there were many significant opportunities for the UK to be world-leaders in regulation through international harmonisation and implementing learnings from the EU’s experience of MDR and IVDR. Mike intends to publish BIVDA’s regulatory strategy soon following further consultation with members, patient and end user groups, the MHRA and government.

Paul Fisher closed the event by speaking about the delivery of the strategy and current progress. Paul reiterated BIVDA’s ambitious vision to make medical diagnostics the centre of the NHS and Government’s health plans and improve the operating environment for members to ensure the UK doesn’t just innovate brilliantly, but helps companies thrive.

Paul demonstrated that delivering the 4Is has already begun in earnest. Key policy outputs such as the AMR consensus statement, tangibly productive engagement with notable politicians and civil servants, and an even more comprehensive Springboard Programme this year, means we can confidently say that BIVDA is back, with a new team, fresh ideas, and a stronger drive than ever to deliver growth for our members.

Thank you to all who attended. We will be sending a comprehensive strategy document to members and stakeholders imminently.


Ben Kemp