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T: +44 (0) 1225 810361
F: +44 (0) 1225 810153
Medical Wire & Equipment
SN13 9RT
Registered in England & Wales Company No. 571118
VAT No. GB 137 6960 39


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New 2018 expiry date format

In compliance with GSI standards, MWE have revised its format for expiry dates.  Read on for more information on this change.

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MWE launches Sigma SP; A new generation of mucolytics


New Independent study: SIGMA VCM_Evaluation of the Sigma-VCM™ for the storage and recovery of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, by Bratby & Carr, 2016

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Effective surveillance for food and pharmaceutical industries

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Sigma product range has had some minor changes


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MWE launches Sigma GBS™ for faster screening of Group B Streptococcus


Short film shows Sigma Transwabs® in action on the WASP®

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Selenite Broth from MWE now has 12 months shelf life at ambient temperature

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Will this year’s flu vaccine perform as expected?

One thing is for sure – Medical Wire’s range of Viral Transport devices will.

With the imminent arrival of the influenza season in the northern hemisphere, essential flu vaccination uptake begins as well as proactive surveillance programmes for influenza like illnesses (IFL).

For the full article please click on link below.

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Copan’s European Patent

Final decision on the scope of Copan’s European Patent EP 1 608 268 B1 by European Patent Office – Narrowed down scope of EP’268 confirmed by the EPO!

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Transwabs® fully compliant with M40-A2

MWE are the inventors and global leaders in the supply of Transport Swabs.

Transwabs® have passed the M40-A2 criteria for all 10 defined micro-organisms and we are proud to say that all Medical Wire Transwabs are FULLY compliant with CLSI's M40-A2 Standard M40-A2.

Click on the link to see the summarised report, or for more information contact

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EBOLA or FLU .... Which would you choose?

Prevent avoidable deaths this winter.

While the focus is predominantly on the rapid spread of the Ebola virus, the flu season is now gearing up in some parts of the world such as the United States and other countries await its anticipated arrival.

Whilst it is impossible to predict what the 2014/2015 flu season will bring about, but what is undoubtably a certainty is ....... 


Next stop...MEDICA 2014, Dusseldorf

Join the Medical Wire team during MEDICA 2014, in Dusseldorf from 12th - 15th November, where we will be exhibiting at booth 1F10.

MEDICA covers the entire spectrum of exhibits for patient treatment and is one of the landmark events in the medical calendar.....

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Medical Wire & Equipment (MWE) to push ahead with distribution of flocked swabs.

A Düsseldorf Court in Germany has ruled that Puritan’s flocked swab products do not violate Copan’s European patents. In an immediate response to this finding Copan irrevocably withdrew inspection proceedings against Puritan.

David Ellis, Managing Director MWE commented on this court ruling saying ....


Be ready for the coming flu season with Sigma-Virocult® !

As winter takes hold, at least in the northern hemisphere, the prospect of another busy influenza season looms. Good uptake of vaccines has helped in recent years, but it remains a challenge. Proactive surveillance is essential to detect the spread of known strains, and any emerging novel strains ....

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MWE celebrates 60 years of trading

Medical Wire & Equipment is celebrating its 60th trading anniversary this year, with a series of exhibitions and events during the remainder of 2012. MWE was created in 1952 and today is acknowledged as being the market leader in its field.

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New Managing Director appointed for Medical Wire & Equipment Co Ltd


Wiltshire, UK, 20th January 2012 – MW&E, a leading provider of microbiology and diagnostic supplies, has announced the appointment of a new Managing Director.

David Ellis, Operations Director with MW&E since 2006, has been appointed to propel the company’s global growth.

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Sigma-Virocult® – The challenge of H3N2v

The current concern in North America regarding increased numbers of cases of H3N2v variant seasonal influenza A virus (with the influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 M gene) is a reminder of the need for constant vigilance against this cunning pathogen with its ability to alter without warning, and with renewed potential for serious outbreaks.

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MWE to attend two prestigious medical events in the USA

MWE have recently announced that they will attend the ASM (American Society of Microbiology) 2012 event which is taking place in San Francisco on the 16-19 June.  This key event features plenary sessions, the presentation of new papers and the opportunity to network with contemporaries in many microbiological disciplines.



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MWE Celebrate 60 years in style

MWE recently hosted a fabulous social event for their clients, distributers and colleagues, which was to mark 60 years of trading and to celebrate their successful attendance at ECCMID 2012, held in London.

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H7N9 Influenza: History of Similar Viruses Gives Cause for Concern

The H7N9 avian flu strain that emerged in China earlier this year has subsided for now, but it would be a mistake to be reassured by this apparent lull in infections. The virus has several highly unusual traits that paint a disquieting picture of a pathogen that may yet lead to a pandemic, according to lead scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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Next stop…ESCV 2013, Lyon.

Join the Medical Wire team during ESCV in Lyon from 11th-14th September, where we will be exhibiting a range of MWE virology products on booth 20.

The 5th ECV is combined this year with the annual meeting of the European Society for Clinical Virology, bringing together many virologists from throughout Europe.

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Exhibition Booth Success

MWE recently won best exhibition booth at IBMS 2013 in the ICC Birmingham.  

We're delighted to have won amongst such worthy competition and would like to thank the judges for their kind decision.

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Eltringham & Sails 2013, Detection of viral DNA when comparing two bacterial transport systems

Assessing the ability of two commercially available bacterial storage and transport systems to be used in the detection of viral DNA. Storage conditions and the presence of contaminating bacteria were analysed in this project. Viral DNA could be detected following storage of up to 144 hours at 4ºC and room temperature for both systems. However, the presence of bacteria had a significant effect on one of the transport systems, reducing virus recovery rates.