New research identifies blood markers for TB

Researchers have taken a major step towards identifying millions of ‘silent spreaders’ of tuberculosis. A new study led by researchers from the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) has identified a group of biological markers that are found in high levels among infectious patients.

Public satisfaction with the NHS slumps to new record low

Public satisfaction with the NHS has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded, according to analysis of the latest British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey published recently by The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust.

Regulatory approval for bioMérieux’s BIOFIRE SPOTFIRE R/ST panel

In vitro diagnostics firm bioMérieux has announced that its BIOFIRE SPOTFIRE respiratory/sore throat (R/ST) panel has received both 510(k) clearance from the US FDA and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waiver approval.

INTEGRA Biosciences competition winner looks to transform cell culture

INTEGRA Biosciences is delighted to announce that Alt Biotech – an innovative French start-up making waves in the cell culture space – has been chosen as a winner of the 'INTEGRA supports start-ups’ competition.

FormaPath unveils novel tissue biopsy grossing platform

FormaPath has unveiled nToto, a new automated tissue visualisation system (ATVS) developed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic's Advanced Diagnostics Laboratory. The new system was launched in conjunction with a poster presentation at the United States and Canada Association of Pathologists Annual (USCAP) meeting.

London pathology staff voting on strike action over hub move

Hundreds of laboratory staff in London are being balloted on strike action over a planned restructure by employer Synnovis, which the Unite union claims is unwanted and damaging.

FDA approves Roche’s molecular blood test for malaria

Roche has announced the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the cobas Malaria test for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems. This approved test can aid healthcare professionals in reducing potential risks of patient infection from transfused blood products. The cobas Malaria test provides a highly sensitive and specific solution to help ensure that infected blood units are removed from the blood supply.

Sarstedt hosts sample transport symposium

Laboratory supplier Sarstedt hosted a two-day educational Transport Symposium at its Leicester base during March. An audience of NHS managers and biomedical scientists were present for a variety of presentations as well as a hands-on preview of the Tempus600 transport system.

Bio-Rad launches validated antibodies for cell enumeration

Bio-Rad Laboratories has launched new validated antibodies for rare cell and circulating tumour cell (CTC) enumeration. Validated for use with Bio-Rad’s Celselect Slides Enumeration Stain Kits, the antibodies are specific to CTC surface markers to enable the sensitive and specific identification of target cell populations, enhancing the study of tumour heterogeneity and disease progression at various stages.

Helen Dent appointed as BIVDA Chief Executive

The British In Vitro Diagnostic Association (BIVDA) has confirmed the appointment of Helen Dent as Chief Executive, following a successful period as Interim Chief Executive. Helen will lead BIVDA in championing the medical diagnostics industry to politicians, policymakers, media and relevant stakeholders and in supporting members to improve patient outcomes.

Presymptom Health developing AI-driven sepsis and infection tests for the NHS

UK start-up Presymptom Health has raised £1.5m to help accelerate time to market of its AI-driven sepsis and infection tests - with the company aiming to roll-out its technology to the NHS from mid-2025.

NHS expands lung cancer blood test trial

A blood test which could help thousands of people receive earlier, more targeted, lung cancer treatments is being trialled by the NHS. The circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) test, which will be offered to 10,000 patients by next March, can identify genetic variants in a tumour through a simple blood sample.

NPIC re-running digital pathology webinars​

The National Pathology Imaging Co-Operative (NPIC) is re-running its 2023 educational webinar series on digital pathology, ‘Innovation into Practice’.

Clinical biomarker tools and technologies for dementia receive funding

Innovate UK is pleased to announce the winners of a funding competition to develop new clinical tools for dementia and neurodegeneration. Ten new projects will receive funding for identification, development and commercialisation of biomarker tools and technologies.

CytoFLEX nano flow cytometer pushes boundaries of EV detection

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences has launched its new CytoFLEX nano Flow Cytometer – the first purpose-built nanoscale flow cytometer for research use only that enables detection to at least 40 nm, enabling 30-50% more data creation.

Owkin and University Hospitals Birmingham collaborate on AI diagnostics for colorectal cancer

Owkin and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) have announced a new five-year research partnership to use artificial intelligence (AI) to accelerate the screening and diagnosis of a range of diseases, starting with colorectal cancer.

QDx Pathology Services adopts Proscia’s software

QDx Pathology Services, an independent anatomical, molecular and clinical pathology laboratory serving medical professionals and facilities throughout the United States, is working with Proscia, a leading provider of digital and computational pathology solutions, to innovate its practice. The laboratory has deployed Proscia’s software to enable its pathologists to work faster and more confidently.

New research to develop vaccines against deadly henipaviruses 

A new collaboration between the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and The Pirbright Institute has been launched to support the development of vaccines against Henipavirus – a genus of viruses including Nipah virus. The research has been funded by the Medical Research Council.

New mpox vaccine being tested in the UK

A new mpox vaccine is being tested in the UK, as the virus continues to spread in many parts of the world. The mPower trial is testing the effectiveness of an investigational mRNA vaccine for mpox. The study is delivered by NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) and sponsored by Moderna.

Potential novel biomarkers of coronary heart disease discovered

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a major global health problem, especially among people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), Helmholtz Munich, and Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU) have identified novel protein biomarkers that are associated with the development of CHD in people with and without diabetes.

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