23rd April 2020

Experts demand urgent government action to prevent coronavirus suicide risk

Governments need to give ‘urgent consideration’ to their public health response to prevent any   possible impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the number of suicides, experts warn. There’s growing concern about the far-reaching impact COVID-19 may have on people’s mental health across the globe, with the consequences likely to be present for longer and peak…

23rd April 2020

Welsh Firm Ramps up Production of Life-saving Devices to Support NHS

Flexicare Medical Limited, in Mountain Ash, is increasing production of lifesaving devices such as ventilator breathing systems, humidifiers, and resuscitators to support the NHS. The company has established a 24/7 operation at its main manufacturing facility to meet the current demand. More production staff have been added to assembly lines, several shift patterns have been…

23rd April 2020

BBI Solutions Responds to Call to Help Rollout Millions Of Coronavirus Tests

Crumlin -based BBI Solutions has been announced as part of a consortium of the UK’s top Diagnostic companies to rapidly develop and rollout millions of coronavirus tests. As part of the government’s National Testing Plan, the expertise and resources of the UK’s world-leading life sciences industries are being pooled to build a large British diagnostics…

23rd April 2020

Second phase of resilience funds opens for applications

The second phase of the Welsh Government’s £500m Economic Resilience Fund is now open for applications. The first stage saw the £100m Development Bank of Wales‘ loan scheme fully subscribed in little more than a week with applications currently being processed. The fund offers further financial support in dealing with coronavirus crisis and will be…

23rd April 2020

Ventilators ready for NHS after regulatory approval

The first newly-adapted ventilator design from the government’s Ventilator Challenge has received regulatory approval and is ready to be sent to the NHS frontline to support coronavirus patients. Penlon’s Prima ES02 model is now authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for use in hospitals. It follows final testing of these devices…

23rd April 2020

Institutions inject flexibility into IP relevant to COVID-19 vaccines and medicines

Paul Commander takes a look at how some companies and institutions are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in respect of intellectual property.
22nd April 2020

Billion pound support package for innovative firms hit by coronavirus

UK businesses driving innovation and development will be helped through the coronavirus outbreak with a £1.25 billion government support package.
21st April 2020

University’s rapid test could be used ‘in weeks’

A rapid test for detecting Covid-19 has been developed by scientists at the University of South Wales.
16th April 2020

University maternity expert hosting free online antenatal classes

Mums-to-be whose antenatal classes have had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus are now taking advantage of free online advice from a Swansea University expert. Dr Alys Einion-Waller, Associate Professor of Midwifery and Women’s Health, says her first three-week course of classes has already proved very popular – 12 couples signed up for the…

16th April 2020

Renishaw starts mass-production of critical ventilator components

Renishaw has started mass-producing critical components for medical ventilators, as part of a nationwide effort to support the NHS in the fight against COVID-19.  The company has dedicated part of its manufacturing sites in Gloucestershire and South Wales to produce precision-machined components for two different ventilators manufactured by the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium, with production at the sites now running…