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July 2016

Success of first all-Wales NHS conference

Take a look at what happened at MediWales Connects by viewing the photo gallery and reading our press release
Presentation slides are also available to view, located within the speaker profiles.
Andrew Goodall, Director General, Department for Health and Social Services and Chief Executive, NHS Wales delivered the keynote talk on NHS Wales: Looking to the future.

LifeScience Academy:
Job vacancies

We're recruiting for a Marketing & Communications Executive to join us at MediWales. View the job here.

NHS England is recruiting for the position of Head of Research & Innovation. View the job here.

Contact Isabelle if you would like us to host your job vacancies on our website and in our newsletter.

Thank you for your donations

MediWales members generously donated to the Mothers of Africa charity at our Innovation Awards in December 2015. The money from these donations has led to the building of a borehole providing fresh water for the #zambiaschoolbuild project. 

MediWales Events

Members' Showcase
4th October 2016, Cardiff

UK HealthTech
6th December 2016, Cardiff

MediWales Annual Innovation Awards
13th December 2016, Cardiff

Partner Events

International Population Data Linkage Network Conference
22nd - 25th August 2016, Swansea

British Science Festival
6th - 9th September 2016, Swansea

Venturefest Wales
28th September 2016, Cardiff

ABHI Annual Regulatory Conference
28th September 2016, London

2016 BioCap Conference
29th September 2016, Cheshire

11th - 12th October 2016, Cardiff

Health and Care Research Wales Conference
13th October 2016, Cardiff

BIA: UK Bioscience Forum
20th October 2016, London

International Events

UK Medical Devices Mission to China
18th - 24th August 2016
Beijing, China
UKTI and Welsh Government support available

BioPharm America 2016
13th - 15th September 2016, Boston
United Life Sciences discount

Nordic Life Science Days
14th - 16th September 2016, Stockholm
United Life Science discount

28th - 30th September 2016, Bilbao
United Life Sciences discount and Welsh Government support

ABHI: MedTech Mission to Texas
15th - 21st October 2016
Texas, United States

6th - 9th November 2016, Cologne
United Life Sciences discount

14th - 17th November 2016
Düsseldorf, Germany

Welsh Government support available

MediWales members receive United Life Sciences discount through our partnership with BIA, Bionow, BioPartner UK, and One Nucleus.

Funding calls

Health Technology Exemplars – Call for applications
Deadline: 22nd August 2016

Biomedical Catalyst 2016 Funding Competition
Registration deadline: 7th September 2016

Digital Health Innovation Call
Deadline: 23rd August 2016

Innovate UK – Women in innovation: apply for infocus funding award
Deadline: 24th August 2016

UK Lifescience Industry

Have you got a story to tell?

We may include your story in the next edition; contact Tess for more information. Catch up on the latest innovations and advancements from the life science industry online here


July update 

It is summer at last, but our community faces a range of critical issues following the EU Referendum result. MediWales is working with our United Life Sciences partners: BIA, BioPartner UK, Bionow and One Nucleus, to represent members and act as a source of support and advice during these times of uncertainty. We are collecting comments about how the UK's decision to leave the EU is affecting your organisation. Please contact Tess to share your experience.

Despite the challenges that currently face the life science sector, our community is stronger than ever. The first MediWales Connects: NHS Collaboration Conference was a huge success, drawing a delegation of 300 delegates with more than 30 exhibitors and NHS staff from each of the health boards and trusts in Wales.

Looking ahead, we are focusing on our Autumn programme, which includes collaborative events, LifeScience Academy workshops, student placement networking, a members' showcase, UK HealthTech on 6th December and our Innovation Awards on 13th December. Watch out for a packed schedule of events, which will be released shortly.

What does Brexit mean for our community?

The UK has voted to leave the European Union (EU). Although this decision has caused political and economic uncertainty for the country, it also presents a new political context with opportunities for a re-energised vision for the UK life sciences sector. 

Whether your organisation relies on EU funding for research, you meet EU standards and regulations, you sell products under EU procurement rules, or you use the EU free trade zone, things are going to change.

MediWales will support discussion and provide a voice for our members during these times of change. Business should continue as usual for the immediate future, and our advice to our community is to remain resilient, innovative, and ready to embrace new opportunities.

Take a look at the following advice and updates from key experts within the sector:

Welcoming new members

Healthcare Technology and Innovation Division
Health and Social Services Group, Welsh Government

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Latest news

Expert advice

This month's expert advice article comes from leading supplier of sterile single-use surgical instruments, DTR Medical. The article outlines nine things that make perfect single-use Crocodile Forceps, exploring what makes a perfect product that surgeons will want to use and examining the details that have developed DTR Medical's unrivalled reputation. Read the full article here.

Members of the month

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Withers & Rogers LLP is one of the leading intellectual property law firms in the UK and Europe and active with clients in the Welsh medical sciences sector. Withers & Rogers LLP specialises in the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights including patent protection for inventions, trademark registration for brands and design rights for products.

MediWales is the life science network for Wales.

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