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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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Bright Ideas In Health Awards 2022

We are delighted to share that the Bright Ideas in Health Awards are back and open for entries! These awards are celebrating their 18th year and are organised by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria. The awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams who have developed innovative solutions […]

Meet the MIC: Clare Lendrem

Dr Clare Lendrem started working with the NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (NIHR Newcastle MIC) five years ago as a statistical methodologist. Clare is now a senior methodologist and co-leads our core team. Can you tell us a bit about your background and why you joined the MIC? Sure – I have a PhD […]

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 […]

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Professor Miles Witham

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Amanda Winter

Diagnostic Evaluation Healthcare Scientist