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Tuesday 29 June 2021

Randox Academy will ensure Ulster University Biomedical students don’t miss out on COVID-hit lab sessions

Global diagnostics company Randox Laboratories is this summer hosting a Student Training Academy for Ulster University Biomedical Science students who have been unable to complete practical laboratory classes due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Being held at the company’s headquarters, the Randox Science Park in Antrim, each rotation of the Biomedical Science Student Training Academy for Key Laboratory skills takes place over 2 weeks to cover key laboratory techniques and technologies, as well as industry standard practices and employability skills.

Modules range from Chromatography and Spectrophotometers to Robotics, PPE Awareness and PCR, the testing method currently employed by Randox’s team of COVID-19 scientists to detect the virus for the UK’s National Testing Programme.

Elizabeth Ferguson, Randox Training Specialist commented;

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on all of us, and particularly on Biomedical Science Students who during the 2020/21 academic year were unable to experience the hands-on lab practicals they would usually be afforded during their studies at Ulster University.

“We have enjoyed a long-standing and successful partnership with Ulster University for many years, including but not limited to our university-wide sports sponsorship and the recently announced Randox Professor of Medicine post, and are delighted that our collaboration with this renowned university has grown further in the form of this Randox Student Academy.

“We are proud to be able to offer Ulster University students the chance to gain practical lab experience in a world-leading life sciences company and pleased that our first group of students so thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from the programme.”

Dr. Valerie Hinch, Course Director for the BSc Hons Biomedical Science programmes at Ulster University’s Coleraine campus said;

“The School of Biomedical Sciences is delighted to partner with Randox Laboratories to provide this important learning experience for our students. The work experience and practical skills they have gained will be invaluable to them as they continue their studies and target a career in the Life Science industry.

“This training will help us to inspire a new generation of scientists who can make a real impact on healthcare in our society, with benefits for researchers, clinicians and patients alike.”

Coleraine-based Ulster University Biomedical Science Student Aimee Stitt, who won the Randox Training Academy “Stellar Student” Award at the June session, added;

“I’ve always had such a keen interest in science, and so I was really excited for the practical and hands-on elements of my first year of studies of Biomedical Science at Ulster University’s Coleraine campus – but COVID had other ideas!

“As I hadn’t been in a lab for so long I wasn’t really sure what to expect and had forgotten in a way how interesting it is, but the experience of the Randox Student Training Academy exceeded all my expectations and reignited my passion for science. I’m so grateful to the team at Randox for giving us the opportunity to not only gain key lab skills, but also to meet real-life scientists and to learn from them and ask them for advice about what it’s like to work in the industry.

“I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to get an insight into the Randox COVID-19 labs, and it was the icing on the cake, at the end of an incredibly enjoyable two weeks, to win the Stellar Student award. Thank you Randox and Ulster University for a very rewarding experience which has made me so excited for what is up ahead – at university and in my career as a scientist.”

Ulster University Biology Student Tom Prokop, who won the Randox Training Academy “Stellar Student” Award at the September session, added;

“The most enjoyable part was probably just going inside the labs because obviously we have not experienced this before. It was insightful seeing the full process of Covid testing. The only time I have seen something like this before has been in the movies. It was very enjoyable.

“I have gained a lot of experience from using various equipment and developing essential lab skills like pipetting techniques. This experience will be great for my CV as I now have experience in a real life lab and have learnt a lot.”

The first rotation of the Randox Student Training Academy took place from Monday 14th – Friday 25th June, with the second session from 6th – 17th September 2021.

 

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Manchester Airports Group bolsters onsite testing with eight new centres and welcomes Randox onboard

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Monday 28 June 2021: Manchester Airports Group bolsters onsite testing with eight new centres and welcomes Randox onboard

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has announced plans to more than treble the number of testing sites at its airports ahead of the restart of international travel.

MAG – which owns Manchester, East Midlands and London Stansted airports – also confirmed Randox will join existing partner Collinson to operate the sites, which will be a combination of walk-through and drive-through testing centres.

Together, they will operate 11 sites across MAG’s three airports, offering passengers a range of tests for arrival and departure, including packages for amber/green list countries, plus Test to Release, which unlocks passengers from quarantine after a full five days.

 

Both providers will offer unique tests, including Randox’s rapid 1-3-hour PCR test and Collinson’s same day Test to Release offering. Currently PCR tests can take up to 48 hours, meaning passengers have to come to the airport ahead of their trip. However, with Randox’s rapid PCR test, with results available in just 1-3 hours, travellers can save time and do the test on the day of travel.

Collinson’s same-day Test to Release process uses a rapid LAMP test, meaning that passengers can get their results back on the same day and release from quarantine on day five* with a negative result. Other providers use PCR, meaning it can take up to day six or seven to get a result. These are just two of the services Randox and Collinson will provide across MAG’s airports, with more than a dozen tests and options available.

PCR test prices start from £60, a full list of tests on offer, costs, plus locations at each airport can be found below. Tests can be booked online now.

Brad Miller, Managing Director of MAG, said:

“We are pleased to be increasing our testing facilities at all three of our airports ahead of international travel re-starting in earnest.

“By offering both arrival and departure tests, as well as a choice of walk-through and drive-through test centres, passengers know they can select whatever it is they need to make their trip as stress-free as possible.

“We are looking forward to working with both partners and hope to get Britain flying again as soon as possible.

“Finally, I’d like to thank all of the staff and colleagues involved from all organisations, in delivering these new services.”

David Ferguson, Sales Director from Randox said:

“To date Randox has processed over 13 million gold-standard PCR samples, and testing continues to be a vital part of the response to COVID-19 – not only to identify cases and prevent further spread, but also to assist with a return to social normality and international travel.

“We are delighted to be working with Manchester Airports Group to support its enormous efforts to ensure passenger safety, and with premium COVID testing services in place across Manchester, East Midlands and London Stansted airports, our new partnership will allow people to get back in the air again when international travel resumes.

“Randox is committed to providing accurate and cost-effective testing to ensure that essential travel, and holidaying when and where possible, is accessible, affordable and reliable and as such have invested in our capacity to now be able to process over 500,000 tests per day.”

David Evans, Joint CEO from Collinson said:

“The new spacious facilities will enable more travellers to be tested in a safe and comfortable environment, ensuring that departures and arrivals can happen as conveniently as possible. Collinson is proud to offer the full range of Government-approved COVID-19 testing solutions, including the only Test-to-Release process that allows travellers testing negative to be safely released from quarantine after just five full days.

“We’re continuing to develop and strengthen our relationship with MAG, offering a full spectrum of tests and helping to support travellers as they prepare for a well-deserved summer break.”

MAG is the UK’s largest airport operator and has been at the forefront of passenger safety throughout the pandemic. It was one of the first airport groups to introduce a range of onsite safety measures including mandatory face coverings, enhanced cleaning, bookable security slots and sanitiser stations. It opened its first testing centres in December 2020 with Collinson and has performed over 100,000 tests across its three airports to date.

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  • Arrivals – Green Arrival (Day 2) – £60
  • Arrivals – Amber Arrival (Day 2 and 8 package) – £120
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Randox, with almost 40 years of international diagnostics experience, has been at the forefront of Covid-19 testing since the outset of the pandemic. With proven testing capability and well-established logistics and customer support services, Randox are strongly placed to allow international travellers to travel with confidence.

For further information on Covid testing services please contact the Randox Covid Customer Support team on covidcustomersupport@randox.com  or 0800 2545 201.

For press enquiries please contact Amy Millar in the Randox PR team: randoxpr@randox.com 

 

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Randox Professor of Medicine: Ulster University Announces Creation of New Role at Brand New School of Medicine

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Wednesday 23 June 2021

Ulster University Announces Creation of New Role at Brand New School of Medicine: the Randox Professor of Medicine

Ulster University has received £1.2million in funding for medical education and research from Randox Laboratories Ltd. Thanks to this generous donation from Randox Laboratories, the University is creating its first Professor of Medicine post, to be titled, the Randox Professor of Medicine.

This will be a clinical and academic post so the appointee to the Randox Professorship will provide educational leadership, teaching and training thus inspiring the next generation of doctors and researchers in the area.

Alongside education, the post holder will develop a research portfolio in line with the research strategy of the School of Medicine and ambitions included in the Health Research Institute-THRIVE (HRI-THRIVE) Project as part of the Derry and Strabane City Deal.

The successful appointee to the Randox Professorship will have an outstanding track-record in medical research with the experience, vision and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in the University and develop a leading research presence in the School of Medicine.

The Randox Professor will be part of a vibrant and intellectually stimulating translational research community both within the School of Medicine and C-TRIC and will have access to the leading research facilities which the University offers. They will have the opportunity to collaborate with existing researchers in personalised medicine and influence the research and innovation direction of the proposed THRIVE Research Units that currently include: Blood Cancer; Cardiovascular Research and Improvement Science; Neuromuscular Health (Motor Neuron Disease, MS, Parkinson’s Disease); Brain Health (Depression, psychosis, Alzheimer’s Disease); Orthopaedic and Rheumatic Health; and Multiple Long-term Conditions.

The Randox professor will deliver clinical care within the Western Trust, contributing directly to patient care and improving health outcomes for our local community.

Dr Catherine McDonnell, Medical Director at the Western Trust, is excited at the new appointment:

“This is a unique opportunity, and shows what can be achieved with collaborative working and by forging partnerships between organisations.

“The Randox Professorship will play a crucial role in the delivery of patient care in the months and years ahead, and will help us bring in fresh expertise to what is already a very strong team on the ground.

“We would like to thank both Ulster University and Randox Laboratories for partnering in this exciting venture, which we believe will have a very positive impact on our patients and the Western Trust overall.”

Pictured left to right are Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing Director, Randox Laboratories, and Professor Paul Bartholomew, Vice-Chancellor at Ulster University 

The post will report into the Foundation Dean of the School of Medicine and recruitment will commence in the coming weeks.

The role will be supported by Randox Laboratories for a period of 5 years.

Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing Director, Randox Laboratories said:

“At this time of rapid and significant change within medicine, it is imperative that industry, academia and medical education are aligned to improve both patient outcomes and the efficiency of healthcare services.  The announcement of the new post of Randox Professor of Medicine within the new Ulster University School of Medicine shows our commitment to these critical national priorities. Ulster University and Randox are both renowned globally for healthcare research and education, particularly in the field of diagnostics, and together provide a vital platform to support the next generation of aspirational clinicians – to develop critical skills, make a positive difference to patient healthcare around the world, and cement Northern Ireland’s reputation as a global hub for life sciences.”

Professor Paul Bartholomew, Vice-Chancellor at Ulster University added:

“By opening the School of Medicine in August we are committing to address the acute shortage of doctors in Northern Ireland and to recruit students and staff who will be locally focused yet globally ambitious. The appointment of the Randox Professor of Medicine will enable us to further this ambition and allow us to enhance the University’s existing expertise and research excellence in personalised medicine diagnostics and contribute to expanding the medical diagnostics sector. With the strong emphasis on personalised medicine in the Derry and Strabane City Deal, the Randox Professor of Medicine will join us at an exciting time for the region.

“The University sees the ground breaking Randox Professorship as an opportunity to further our long standing partnership with Randox so that we might together have a unique opportunity to support clinical medicine, enhance the quality of patient care through highly relevant translational research and inspire the next generation of doctors.”

Professor Louise Dubras, Foundation Dean, School of Medicine at Ulster University, added:

“As we look forward to our first students arriving in August this year, we are excited to be progressing this role, the first of our “second wave”, to complement the exceptional staff team in place to deliver the first year of the programme. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for an inspirational academic clinical leader to shape the direction of clinical and translational research within the School of Medicine. I’m looking for an outstanding candidate with a wealth of teaching experience and a passion for related research which will inform teaching. This candidate will join me and the incredible team we have put together to teach the doctors of the future.”

For press enquiries please contact Amy Millar in the Randox PR team on amy.millar@randox.com or 028 9442 2413

 

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Gold standard testing for Great Britain’s Olympians: Randox Health and Team GB sign 2-year COVID Testing Partnership

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Monday 14 June 2021

Gold standard testing for Great Britain’s Olympians: Randox Health and Team GB sign 2-year COVID Testing Partnership

The British Olympic Association and Randox Health, the United Kingdom’s largest Covid-19 PCR testing provider, today announce they have signed a two-year partnership for Team GB’s Covid-19 testing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in 2021 and Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. By agreeing the best possible testing service plan, Randox and Team GB can together provide more certainty for the Olympians’ safe travel from the UK to Tokyo, and home again.

To provide its gold-standard PCR testing services, Randox has created a bespoke dashboard for Team GB to register its samples, which will be taken by the Team GB Clinical Team and then transported to the company’s laboratory in Northern Ireland. Randox will test over 1,000 Olympians, coaches and support staff in order to meet Japan’s stringent testing requirements and thereby minimising possible transmission of the virus. Randox will provide each member of Team GB with three rounds of pre-departure tests – 14 days, 96 hours and 72 hours prior to departure – plus Day 2, Day 5 (if required) and Day 8 testing once back in the UK.

Randox Managing Director, Dr Peter FitzGerald, said:

“We are delighted to be supporting Team GB by helping them get safely to the starting line in Tokyo with our premium Covid-19 testing services, the provision of which has been a major focus of ours since the outbreak of the pandemic. Over the last year, we have been investing significantly in our customer service and testing capacity, which means Randox can now process over 500,000 tests per day, making it the largest laboratory in Europe, and to date has processed over 13 million tests. For this reason, our Olympians and anyone else who needs to travel internationally can rest assured that they will receive timely results.”

British Olympic Association CEO, Andy Anson, said:

“This is a fantastic and vital partnership for Team GB ahead of Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022. We have committed to our hosts in Japan and the IOC to ensure that our delegation is fully vaccinated and are also ensuring we have enhanced Covid testing in place. Randox’s pedigree in this area gives us great confidence that we are providing athletes with the best possible medical support around Covid testing and that they get to the start line safely ready to compete successfully for the biggest moment of their sporting careers.”

Team GB

Randox, with almost 40 years of international diagnostics experience, has been at the forefront of Covid-19 testing since the outset of the pandemic. With proven testing capability and well-established logistics and customer support services, Randox are strongly placed to allow international travellers to travel with confidence.

For further information on Covid testing services please contact the Randox Covid Customer Support team on covidcustomersupport@randox.com  or 0800 2545 201.

For press enquiries please contact Amy Millar in the Randox PR team: randoxpr@randox.com 

 

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Randox Health partners with Roadchef Motorway Services to provide 20+ Covid Test Kit Dropboxes across the UK

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10 June 2021: Randox Health partners with Roadchef Motorway Services to provide 20+ Covid Test Kit Dropboxes across the UK

Randox Health, the UK’s largest Covid-19 PCR testing provider, is today pleased to announce a partnership with Roadchef Motorway Services, to expand its Covid-19 test kit dropbox network by an additional 20 sites across the UK.

Bringing the diagnostics company’s list of dropbox locations to now more than 100, the expansion comes as the resumption of international travel has increased the demand for Randox’s Covid-19 pre departure, day 2, day 8 and day 5 (test to release) testing services.

New Randox dropboxes have been installed at Roadchef sites including Durham, Chester, Cumbria, Swansea, Somerset and Kent.

Randox Business Development Manager Damian Milligan said;

“As we continue to invest in our testing capacity, customer support services, and logistics, we are pleased to partner with Roadchef Motorway Services to expand our UK Dropbox locations, offering a reliable and efficient way of returning your Covid-19 testing kit to our laboratories for testing.

“As our own independently-run private courier service, the Randox Dropbox service allows us to track delivery of your sample right through from drop-off to arrival at the lab, providing prompt delivery and next day results, to help reassure our customers that they will receive their results in time and their travel will go to plan.”

Roadchef Commercial Director Tracy Baitup commented;  

“We welcome the opportunity to work alongside Randox, as the UK’s largest Covid-19 PCR testing provider, by providing our Roadchef Motorway Service locations as dropbox sites, to make the return of Covid-19 testing kits as easy as possible for those wishing to travel.

“Randox has played a key role in the global fight against Covid-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic last year and we are proud to be able to support their endeavours to facilitate international travel when it is safe to do so.”

Randox, with almost 40 years of international diagnostics experience, and a Covid-19 testing capacity of over 500,000 tests per day, is the largest Covid-19 laboratory in Europe. Having processed over 13 million tests to date, the company has proven testing capability, well-established logistics and dedicated customer support services, making it strongly placed to support the return to international travel.

Roadchef partnership

For further information on Covid testing services please contact the Randox Covid Customer Support team on covidcustomersupport@randox.com  or 0800 2545 201.

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Randox Health COVID-19 PCR tests reduced to £43 for international travel

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07 June 2021: Randox Health COVID-19 PCR tests reduced to £43 for international travel

Randox Health, the UK’s largest Covid-19 PCR testing provider, today is pleased to announce a major reduction in the price of its gold-standard PCR tests for international travel to a market leading £43.  The standard price for the PCR test has also been reduced to a highly competitive £48, with the international travel price accessed through discount codes provided by airlines and travel agencies.  The company has significantly expanded its testing capacity, customer support and logistic capabilities over the past year, allowing for greater efficiencies and the most competitive service in the UK, allowing travel with confidence.

The company has to date partnered with 19 major airlines including British Airways, Easyjet, Ryanair, Wizz Air, Cathay Pacific and Jet2, and travel providers, such as TUI, to provide discount codes. Randox also has discount code agreements with 17 travel agents, including with the DNATA Travel Group. Randox also provides a unique sample return service based on drop-boxes, which allows customers to guarantee their samples arrive at the laboratories on or before the next day. Randox and DX drop-boxes currently provide over 100 drop-off convenient locations across the UK.

David Ferguson, Sales Director, said: “We recognise the importance of international travel to both the economy and to individuals and are committed to ensuring that essential travel, and holidaying when and where possible, is affordable. Our significant investment and capacity expansion programme has allowed us to make this further price reduction, demonstrating our commitment to helping people live their lives as easily and normally as possible.

“Randox have a capacity of over 500,000 tests per day, making it the largest laboratory in Europe, and to date has processed over 13 million tests. For this reason, travellers can rest assured that they will receive their results in time and their travel will go to plan. Randox has played an important role in the international fight against the pandemic and we will continue to invest in our capacity and services.”

Randox, with almost 40 years of international diagnostics experience, has been at the forefront of Covid-19 testing since the outset of the pandemic. With proven testing capability and well-established logistics and customer support services, Randox are strongly placed to allow international travellers to travel with confidence.

For further information on our COVID testing services please contact the Randox COVID Customer Support team on covidcustomersupport@randox.com or 0800 2545 201.

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