A unique event bringing together the life sciences sectors from Wales and Ireland was held at the Life Sciences Hub Wales, on June 2017.
The Celtic Connections Life Sciences Conference brought together companies, academics, investors, experts and advisers, enabling organisations to explore new markets, grow their business, and trade effectively, in both the UK and Ireland.
It was organised by the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and the South Wales Chamber of Commerce, with support provided by Life Sciences Hub Wales and Celtic Advanced Life Sciences Network (CALIN) – Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network – an Ireland-Wales 2014-2020 programme part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.
Minister for Skills and Science Julie James opened the event.
The morning focused on organisations that can present the opportunities and challenges in the sector, with emphasis on the information, support and funding that exists.
Key organisations included Life Sciences Hub Wales, MediWales – The Life Science Network for Wales, CALIN, Enterprise Ireland and Knowledge Transfer Network.
The afternoon concentrated on specific logistics, accompanied by real case studies.
The Minister said: “Wales’ life sciences sector has gone from strength to strength over recent years, punching well above its weight on a global stage, and we are committed to supporting growth of this economically important sector in Wales.
“This event has been specifically designed to bring together life sciences experience from Wales and Ireland, as well as leading experts, investors and advisors and I would encourage businesses to get involved. It will enable interested parties to share best practice and learn more about trading in Wales and Ireland and explore potential for increasing trade, growth and routes to market.”
John McGrane, Director General British Irish Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Life Sciences Hub Wales, with over a hundred and fifty scaling firms and support organisations around them acts as the nerve centre for vibrant and ambitious life sciences firms in Wales and provides the ideal location for Irish life sciences companies looking to collaborate with their Welsh counterparts.
“The Chamber is delighted that this exciting trade mission provides these companies with that opportunity and reinforces the high-value interconnections of our two islands”.