University of Dundee

Knowledge Exchange Award for Lighthouse Covid-testing project

22 Apr 2021

The University of Dundee’s contribution to a major Covid-testing facility has been recognised at the 6th Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards.

The COVID-19 Collaborative Response Award was made to the Lighthouse Laboratory in Glasgow, hosted by University of Glasgow at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Campus, a major new COVID-19 testing facility established with BioAscent Ltd and the University of Dundee, and subsequently developed and managed by the University of Glasgow in collaboration with high-throughput industry experts BioClavis Ltd.

One of the largest academic-run diagnostic facilities in the world, the laboratory has recently reached the 10 million COVID-19 test milestone.

Dr Siobhan Jordon, Director of Interface who run the awards, and who announced the winner, said, “The judges commented on the holistic contribution this project demonstrated, scale and utility and utilisation of relationships.”

Dr Carol Clugston from the University of Glasgow, who accepted the award, said, “Winning at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards is fantastic recognition for all our partners who have worked together seamlessly over the last year with a shared vision to support our NHS.”

Professor David Gray, who has led the University of Dundee’s involvement in the project, said, “This is strong recognition of the work that has been done by all the partners, and of the enthusiasm and dedication of the lab-based volunteers who stepped up when asked and have worked day and night to make all of this possible. This is a project which has made a real impact in helping deal with the pandemic.”