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07th July 2020

Gwent patients have role in COVID-19 antibodies trials

Antibodies from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 are now being trialled as a possible treatment in two urgent public health research studies in Wales. Patients from Gwent are involved in the studies, through the involvement of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, among six such NHS bodies in Wales. It is hoped the antibodies –…

07th July 2020

Antibodies from recovered patients now being trialled as possible treatment in two major COVID-19 research studies in Wales

Antibodies from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 are now being trialled as a possible treatment in two urgent public health research studies in Wales. It’s hoped the antibodies, contained within plasma collected from people who have already had COVID-19, could help people who are critically ill in hospital with the disease. This therapy, known…

26th June 2020

Sony UK Technology Centre ‘Proud’ to Support Key Industries During Pandemic

Wales’s leading manufacturer Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC) is “proud” to have continued supporting key medical markets by operating at a reduced level through the coronavirus lockdown. The Pencoed-based facility, which produces high-specification broadcast and professional camera systems, scaled down its operation during the pandemic to ensure it could continue to supply technology linked…

28th May 2020

Wales to play major role in national trial for COVID-19 vaccine

Wales will play a vital role in finding a way out of the coronavirus pandemic when the next phase of a UK-led study is announced today (May 22nd). Co-ordinated by Health and Care Research Wales, a collaboration between Public Health Wales, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and the Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University,…

28th May 2020

Ask The Expert: Science Of Sanitisers (SOS)

Andrew Howell, MD of BCB International Ltd, says We now know that hand sanitisers are one of the vital defences in our armoury in the fight against Coronavirus; part of the new “norm” for the future. However, even among professionals, there is much confusion over what hand sanitiser to use. Not all are equal to…

28th May 2020

New Made-in-Wales Antibody Test is Being Introduced Throughout the UK

A new made-in-Wales antibody test is being introduced throughout the UK to tell whether people have had coronavirus. Wales – and the rest of the UK – will roll out the new-style blood tests, including those produced in Pencoed by Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (Ortho). The company is one of a number to produce the antibody…

21st May 2020

Medical School appoints two Honorary Professors in Pharmacy

Swansea University Medical School has appointed two key members of staff as it prepares to launch its new pharmacy course. Mair Davies, immediate past-Director for Wales for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and Dr Neil Hartman, head of nuclear medicine at Singleton Hospital, have both been given Honorary Professor appointments ahead of the new MPharm degree…

21st May 2020

Medical School wins major boost to nanomedicine research

Swansea University Medical School has secured a prestigious funding boost to accelerate the transition from discovery research to development projects in the field of nanomedicine. Building on successful research developed by experts in the University’s Centre for NanoHealth, the 2020 MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) award aims to accelerate discoveries towards translation and ultimately patient…

12th May 2020

Roche’s COVID-19 antibody test approved for use in the UK

Roche’s antibody test for COVID-19 has been given the CE mark and has been issued Emergency Use Authorisation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Expand Its Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody test has a specificity greater than 99.8% and 100% sensitivity (14 Days post-PCR confirmation) and can help assess patients’ immune response to the virus. As more…

23rd April 2020

Wales’ Leading Role in ‘Antibody Transfusion’ Treatment for Coronavirus

Wales is playing a leading role in the UK programme for treating coronavirus patients using a blood donation extract taken from people who have recovered from COVID19 – ‘convalescent plasma’. Non COVID19  plasma has been used daily in NHS Wales for a variety of needs for many years. COVID19convalescent plasma will help patients develop immunity…