Stevens & Bolton has advised British entrepreneur Mike Fischer of Systems Biology Laboratory (SBL) and the co-founders of the COVID-19 Volunteer Testing Network, on the launch of a voluntary laboratory network to expand COVID-19 testing for GPs and other healthcare workers across the UK. This work was undertaken on a pro-bono basis.
The network has been supported by a £1m investment by the Fischer family trust, to support laboratories unable to afford the consumables to deliver the critical testing. SBL already runs up to 500 tests a week for a number of GP surgeries in Oxfordshire and it is hoped by creating a network of volunteer laboratories across the UK, will play a vital role in supporting the national COVID-19 testing programme. The roll-out has already begun with laboratories signing up to this initiative and the project team are liaising with both Government and the NHS.
Caroline Plumb, co-founder of the Covid-19 Volunteer Testing Network said: “Stevens & Bolton’s life sciences team is providing us with the perfect balance of pragmatism and great legal advice in an unusual and fast-moving situation. Their rapid support and turn-around has been essential to bringing the lab network on-board to enable this project, which is providing vital assistance to healthcare workers.”
Charlotte Tillett said: "We are delighted to support this great project and the important work they are doing towards increasing COVID-19 testing capacity across the UK.”
The COVID-19 Volunteer Testing Network is being co-ordinated on an entirely voluntary basis. Further information can be found on their website: https://www.covid19-testing.org/