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The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative is a member of the NIHR MedTech and In vitro diagnostics Co-operative (MIC) network. We offer expertise in generating high quality evidence that demonstrates the potential benefits of a new medical test. We have a particular focus on in vitro diagnostic tests. Our aim is to ensure that better diagnostics are delivered more quickly for the benefit of patients and their health.

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From bench to bedside: Collaboration with the North East Innovation Lab, part of Newcastle Hospitals

In partnership, we have secured approximately £20,000 to enhance our expert support to diagnostic test developers. This funding will enable us to work jointly with innovators to accelerate the development of their diagnostics for tackling a wide range of health conditions in the region, nationally and internationally. The NIHR Newcastle MIC, a partnership between Newcastle […]

North East Innovation Lab secures a share of £218,000 to develop a new diagnostic for early detection of cancer

The North East Innovation Lab are part of a consortium receiving £218,000 to develop a new diagnostic for pancreatic cancer. The award is jointly supported by Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The project involves collaboration with University College London, University of Bristol, University […]

Supporting the development of a new diagnostic that could guide antibiotic treatment

We have helped the UK based company Paragraf obtain over £500,000 from Innovate UK to develop their rapid test for distinguishing between viral and bacterial infections. Graphene based sensors, consisting of thin layers of carbon, have the ability to detect different molecules rapidly and with high sensitivity. However, to our knowledge, there are no graphene-based […]

NIHR Open Research

NIHR has launched a new publishing platform for all types of research output. The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has launched a new publishing platform that allows researchers to rapidly publish any research output they wish to share, supporting transparency, reproducibility and impact from publicly funded research. NIHR Open Research allows researchers […]

Public contributors honoured in the Queen’s Birthday List

Founding members of the Newcastle MIC’s insight panel for patients, public and carers receive MBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The Queen’s Birthday Honours mark the extraordinary contributions and service of people across the UK. We are delighted to share that John and Joan Bedlington’s accomplishments were recognised in the 2022 Birthday Honours List. John […]

Meet the insight panel: Rosemary Nicholls

Rosemary Nicholls lives in Saltburn, Cleveland. During her working life Rosemary held various paid and voluntary roles in education. Rosemary was also a volunteer and trainer with a national bereavement charity for 10 years. Over the last few years, she has been sharing her views as a member of the public to improve the activities […]

Our people

Dr Raasti Naseem

Diagnostics Evaluation Healthcare Scientist

Dr Stephen Lynn

Business Manager, AHSN NENC

Dr Will Jones

Senior Clinical Test Evaluation Methodologist

Kasia Kurowska

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Manager