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28th May 2020

PODCAST – Producing PPE and Getting it Right

Life Sciences Hub Wales aims to drive transformational systematic change within the health and care sectors to create a better future for the people of Wales. We know that health and economic wellbeing go hand-in-hand. Our role is to inspire innovation and collaboration between industry, health and social care, and research organisations to make a…

28th May 2020

New study examines risks facing frontline medical staff during pandemic

A leading Swansea University clinician is among a group of experts calling for the introduction of a risk assessment for frontline health professionals treating coronavirus patients. Their study – Risk stratification for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic – examined the demographics of those who had been hospitalised and ultimately died due to COVID-19 compared…

12th May 2020

Antimicrobial specialist develops products for virus fight

Hybrisan’s Chris Mortimer and Lee Bridgeman A Welsh antimicrobial specialist has developed a multi-purpose hand sanitiser and surface cleaning product to help combat the coronavirus outbreak and is in the process of creating nanofiber FFP3 face masks to combat the NHS shortage. Developed by Swansea University PhD alumni, Hybrisan’s sanitiser product does not contain alcohol…

12th May 2020

The clinical trials Wales is taking part in to find treatments for coronavirus

Patients are being recruited across the whole spectrum of the illness, including those with symptoms who are well enough to be at home as well as people seriously ill in hospital. Wales is currently taking part in 10 public health research studies in an urgent attempt to find treatments for coronavirus. The studies, set up…

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…

05th May 2020

Nursing students say they are ready to play their part during pandemic

Swansea nursing students say they are proud to be able to face the challenge of joining the NHS during the pandemic. More than 700 nursing students from Swansea University opted to take on clinical roles and have begun caring for Welsh patients this week. Third-year nursing student Natalie Jenkins said: “This was definitely not the…

05th May 2020

EKF working to help fight against COVID-19

The chief executive of EKF Diagnostics talks about how the healthcare manufacturing business is helping the fight against Covid-19 by supplying an NHS laboratory testing service provider with one of the “safest forms of sample collection and transportation in the world” in a move which is creating jobs. Penarth-based EKF contract manufactures PrimeStore MTM, a sample…

05th May 2020

MedTech firm secures equity funding for development of COVID-19 test

A Cardiff-based MedTech company has secured £700,000 in equity funding to develop the digital element of a new test to support the fight against Covid-19. Bond Digital Health is part of an international consortium that is producing a diagnostic test for patients suspected of having Covid-19. The consortium was set up by Canadian company Sona…

05th May 2020

Wales plays key role in urgent COVID-19 research

Wales is playing a key role in the UK-wide effort to find treatments for COVID-19 patients through research, with 11 urgent public health research studies already taking place and further studies being set up. These studies – set up through Health and Care Research Wales and co-ordinated nationally – are being run right across Wales…

05th May 2020

Welsh Firm Aims to Launch Therapy that Could Treat Covid-19 Patients

Award-winning entrepreneur Peter Webber is seeking Welsh Government support to manufacture hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers that could be used to treat COVID-19 patients. Mr Webber, founder of Newtown-based, multi-award-winning cancer diagnosis equipment specialist CellPath Ltd, is applying for support from the Welsh Government’s Covid-19 Resilience Innovation Project to make the HBOT chambers. The company has…