Terrific briefing with MPs and peers on our support of the UK diagnostics industry during the pandemic, and beyond. πŸ‘¨β€βš•οΈπŸ‘©β€βš•οΈ
Huge achievements. Increased production capacity of LFD in the UK by over 3000% in less than a year.
More to do. πŸš€
INVESTMENT: Transformed three UK manufacturers and supported approval of multiple UK LFD COVID-19 tests.

cΒ£300m in direct and indirect investment that has transformed the operations of SureScreen, GAD and Omega. Secured ~92m πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§-made tests and created a lasting legacy. 🧡2/-
LEGACY: Increased production capacity by over 3500% in >1yr. From ~400K to ~15m tests pw. Capacity will be ~20m per week by the end of 2021.
πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ will have a high-volume, high-speed, automated production capacity able to support HMG and patients for years to come. 🧡3/
INVESTMENT: Working with industry partners we have delivered £40m in direct investment, provided specialist manufacturing engineering expertise to transform production performance and a whole bunch more. See below for our approach. 🧡4/
INNOVATION: improving clinical performance (via antibody assessment and prototyping initiative), and design of more usable and sustainable product. πŸš€
Eg Developed new packaging design with 30% less materials capable of reducing waste by 15,000 tonnes per year. (pic below)🌳🧡5/
VALIDATION: we have high standards and apply them rigorously.
Porton Down's run 146 Phase 2 "futility" tests and phase 2a’s of which 42% have passed. 58 "3a" validations with 37 passes (64%).
All passed VoC testing (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta). 🧡6/.
#leadingtheworld πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
πŸ™πŸ™ to "UK MAKE" team and all partners for delivery of specialist support covering (1) production equipment, (2) fabrication and installation, (3) manufacturing engineering, (4) clinical and regulatory approvals, (5) commercial and procurement, and (6) programme management. End

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Challenge: how can we use new technology to make it easier for people to effectively manage their diet and weight? ⌚
Here are some examples... 🧡2/
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We need to change. Get the Better Health Weight Loss tool... 🧡3/
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A busy day ramping up the national effort to boost testing capacity for coronavirus and I am proud we have already had an impressive response from companies of all sizes to scale-up our diagnostics industry

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Hats off to pharma giants @AstraZeneca and @GSK which have teamed up with @Cambridge_Uni to set up a new testing lab and are providing expert advice on automation and robotics to support the government’s new national testing centres [3/6]
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