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The 12 Months of BIVDA

By December 20, 2023December 21st, 2023No Comments

As this is the season of giving, we would like to give our members the gift of twelve highlights from a year of very busy BIVDA activity. We have thoroughly enjoyed advocating for our members over 2023 and look forward to an equally busy and productive 2024.

BIVDA AGM and Spring Meeting – Tuesday 21 March, (or a Partridge in a Pear Tree)

Once again, we held the AGM at One Great George Street and this year our keynote speaker was the Chief Commercial Officer at NHS England, Jacqui Rock.

BIVDA releases White Paper examining the UK Government’s procurement of COVID-19 tests, (or Two Turtle Doves)

BIVDA released our much-anticipated White Paper examining the UK Government’s procurement of COVID-19 tests, written by Dr Luke Butler of the University of Nottingham. BIVDA felt strongly that a comprehensive examination of the Government’s Covid-19 test procurement strategy was needed to accurately catalogue the events of this particular aspect of the pandemic.

BIVDA launches new genomics whitepaper, (or Three French Hens)
BIVDA released a new genomics whitepaper titled, ‘Leveraging advanced diagnostics to realise the UK’s potential in genomics: A new whitepaper’, which examines the UK genomics landscape, with a focus on patient access to genomic testing.

BIVDA presented at Reset Connect, London Climate Action Week on 27th June, (or Four Calling Birds)
Sarah Joy Newton, our Sustainability Programme Lead and Steve Bagshaw from CPI, took to the stage to present at Reset Connect, which is the UK’s largest sustainability ecosystem and green investment event and is the flagship event of London Climate Action Week.

BIVDA holds full capacity Parliamentary Reception on the House of Commons Terrace, (or Five Gold Rings)
We were delighted to welcome almost 150 BIVDA members, MPs and members of government agencies and the NHS, including Shadow Minister for Science, Research and Innovation Chi Onwurah MP, Neale Hanvey MP, Kelly Tolhurst MP and Stephen Powis, to our Parliamentary Reception on the Terrace of the House of Commons.

New edition of vIViD released, (or Six Geese a-Laying)
BIVDA’s magazine vIViD was published for the first time since 2021 and contains valuable insight from IVD and NHS experts, key BIVDA updates and recent highlights for our association.

BIVDA IBMS Roundup, (or Seven Swans a-Singing)
We enjoyed a brilliant week at the IBMS 2023 Congress meeting members, presenting at plenary sessions and explaining the good work that BIVDA undertakes. In her speech to the Congress, Maggie Throup MP hailed BIVDA’s work, describing us as the ‘standard bearer’ for the sector and ‘the collaborative network that the sector needs.’

BIVDA’s Regulatory Affairs Seminar 2023 Summary, (or Eight Maids a-Milking)
The annual Regulatory Affairs Seminar was held in October in Edinburgh at the Balmoral Hotel and included presentations from the MHRA, MedTech Europe and many more.

BIVDA holds MGM in London, (or Nine Ladies Dancing)
We were delighted to host our MGM in the glorious surroundings of the Royal Institute of British Architects, where members enjoyed presentations from esteemed speakers such as Professor Dame Sue Hill before a concluding expert panel session to better understand how to work more effectively with the NHS.

BIVDA hosts event on the future of point of care diagnostics in community pharmacy, (or Ten Lords a-Leaping)
In October, BIVDA hosted an event, as part of BIVDA’s Near Patient Testing Working Party, which examined the future of point of care diagnostics in community pharmacy. A packed audience and the expert panel gathered at the Royal College of Nursing to discuss this topic over three hours.

BIVDA AMR podcast on AMR Awareness Week 2023, (or Eleven Pipers Piping)
Interim BIVDA Chief Executive Helen Dent reached a total audience of almost 50 million people when she spoke to radio stations, including Sky News Radio, about AMR in November.

BIVDA hosts roundtable in Parliament on role of diagnostics in tackling AMR, (or Twelve Drummers Drumming)
We were delighted to hold a roundtable in Portcullis House on the role of diagnostics in combatting antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which included attendance by industry, members of the UK Health Security Agency, NHS England, academics, and Parliamentarians including former Health Ministers Maggie Throup and Will Quince.

Ben Kemp