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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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The NIHR Newcastle MIC shortlisted in the Bright Ideas in Health Awards

We are delighted to be named as a finalist in two categories at this year’s Bright Ideas In Health Awards. Now in its 18th year, these prestigious awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams working within the NHS, industry and academia. The awardees are recognised for rising to the challenge of improving services provided […]

Meet the MIC: Chiko Mutepfa

Chiko joined the NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (NIHR Newcastle MIC) as a methodologist in April 2021. Chiko’s role at the MIC focuses on health economics and determining whether a new diagnostic will benefits patients, is affordable and provides value for money. Can you tell us a bit about your background and why you […]

Evaluating a novel approach to detecting breast cancer

In partnership with Newcastle Hospitals and University College London, we are supporting the evaluation of Kromek’s low-dose molecular breast imaging technology. Breast screening in women aged 50-70 was introduced in the UK almost 30 years ago in order to detect cancer at an early stage so patients can access treatments more quickly and have a […]

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Developing a rapid test for diagnosing severe stroke

We have helped the UK based company POCKiT Diagnostics secure over £790,000 to develop and evaluate their test for severe stroke. Large vessel occlusion (LVO) strokes occur when a major artery in the brain is blocked. Every year, throughout the world, more than 4 million people suffer a sudden stroke due to LVO. These account […]

Your Path in Research 2022

Jay Hall and Tim Hicks from the NIHR Newcastle MIC shared why research matters to them as part of NIHR’s Your Path in Research campaign. We helped the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) deliver their latest Your Path in Research campaign from 31 October – 9 December 2022. This annual campaign encourages […]

Examining the views of the UK ambulance service on COVID-19 testing

At the height of the pandemic, we analysed the opinions of service staff on the practicalities and potential value of testing for SARS-CoV-2 in an ambulance. The life science industry made a massive contribution to the worldwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic including manufacturing tests for SARS-CoV-2. Some of these tests included lateral flow devices, […]

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Amanda Winter

Diagnostic Evaluation Healthcare Scientist

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