May 17, 2020

Roland Diggelmann resigns as CEO of Roche Diagnostics after 10 years

Ronald Diggelmann
Roche Diagnostics
Michael Heuer
Sophie Chapman
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Roche has stopped its deliveries to some Greek hospitals
The Chief Executive Officer of the Swizerland-based drugmaker, Roche Diagnostics, has announced his resignation.

Ronald Diggelmann will leave the compa...

The Chief Executive Officer of the Swizerland-based drugmaker, Roche Diagnostics, has announced his resignation.

Ronald Diggelmann will leave the company next month following working for the firm for a decade.

The CEO, 51, joined Roche Diagnostics’ parent company, Roche, in 2008. Digglemann has worked for the diagnostics unit since 2012.

Prior to his role as CEO, Diggelmann was appoint as the Region Head of Asia Pacific for Roche Diagnostics.

Michael Heuer, the firm’s Region Head of Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, will be appoint the interim CEO in September.


“I am grateful to Roland Diggelmann for his many valuable contributions during his 10 years at Roche and I wish him all the best for the future,” stated Severin Schwan, CEO of Roche.

“I am pleased to appoint Michael Heuer as interim CEO of our Diagnostics Division.”

“Michael is a very respected leader with a wealth of experience in diagnostics.”

Heuer has worked in sales, marketing, and product develop positions in Europe and the US.

The soon-to-be CEO has also held the position of Head of Roche Near Patient Testing Business Area.

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Jul 19, 2021

COVID-19 app for NHS staff launches as restrictions lift

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COVID-19 app for NHS staff launches as restrictions lift
A new app for redeployed NHS hospital staff launches on the same day as restrictions lift in England

A new app has launched today to support UK hospital staff who have been redeployed to care for COVID-19 patients. 

The Acute COVID app has been co-developed by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its charity CW+, along with health tech company Imagineear Health. 

It provides information to healthcare staff via a step-by-step guide, aimed at both doctors and nurses. This includes the different stages of COVID-19 so they have guidance around triage at A&E, hospital admission, in-hospital treatments, and advanced care management.

The app also provides training on non-invasive ventilation. In the first wave of the pandemic the numbers of patients needing this type of ventilation led to staff who would not normally administer this to patients having to do so. 

Additionally the app signposts staff to where they can access mental and physical wellbeing support, acknowledging the levels of staff burnout, particularly among frontline staff, the pandemic has created. 

The launch of the app comes on the same day England lifts its COVID-19 restrictions, labelled "freedom day" by some. However infection rates have soared in recent weeks and the move has been fiercely opposed by scientists and doctors, both in the UK and abroad. 

In a letter published in medical journal The Lancet backed by 1,200 international scientists, experts called the unlocking "a threat to the world", as allowing infection rates to rise enables the virus to mutate and potentially become resistant to the vaccination. 

At the weekend the newly appointed health secretary Sajid Javid announced he had tested positive for coronavirus, and both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the chancellor Rishi Sunak are self-isolating. 
Meanwhile in the first week of July more than 500,000 alerts were issued by the NHS Covid-19 app telling people they had been exposed to the virus. As a result businesses are considering cutting their opening hours while staff are self-isolating at home. The government has issued guidance saying that fully vaccinated frontline NHS staff in England will be allowed to carry on working even if they've come into contact with someone with COVID-19. 

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