The latest news from MediWales and its members
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January 2016

Become a member

Have you thought about becoming a member of MediWales?

MediWales is the independent life science network for Wales. We are a not for profit organisation with a drive to increase opportunities and connectivity for the life science community in Wales.

To know more, join us at our office for a meeting. Directions can be found here.

MediWales Events & Collaborative Events

MediWales & the BioIndustry Association (BIA) Collaborative Event at GE Innovation Village
11th February 2016, Cardiff

MediWales & Bill Mapleson Centre: Clinical Innovation Wales
24th February 2016, Mountain Ash

MediWales & Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre - Osteoarthritis: an unmet need at Cardiff University
11th March 2016, Cardiff

MediWales & Neem Biotech: UK Launch of Natural Compounds Special Interest Group
27th April 2016, Cardiff

MediWales & Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) Collaborative Event - 
May 2016, Cardiff. 
More details to follow

Partner Events

NVI Wales: Cyber Essentials
28th January 2016, Swansea

Swansea University: ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) Workshop
30th - 21st January 2016, Swansea

1st - 2nd March 2016, Cardiff

Sony UK Tec Contract Electronics Manufacturing Open Day
3rd March 2016, Pencoed

Welsh Wound Network Meeting
31st March 2016, Llantrisant

Swansea University: All-Wales Medical and Dental Education Conference
13th April 2016, Swansea

Med-Tech Expo 
featuring the Med-Tech Innovation Exhibition, UK Med-Tech Conference and Medilink UK Healthcare Business Awards

20th - 21st April 2016, Coventry

BioDundee 2016
24th - 25th May 2016, Dundee

International Events

Arab Health 2016
25th - 30th January 2016, Dubai 
Welsh Government and ABHI support available

BIO-Europe Spring
4th - 6th April 2016, Sweden
MediWales discount through United Life Sciences partnership

BioPartner UK is offering €550 discount for delegates registering for BIO-Europe Spring before 25th January. This offer is available to members of United Life Sciences (ULS) trade organisations; the BIA, Bionow, MediWales and One Nucleus.

If you are a member of one the organisations within the ULS group, you can get discounted rates on a range of global events. Check BioPartner's full list of supported conferences here.

Africa Health 2016
8th - 10th June 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa

Join the Medilink UK exhibition at Africa Health to boost your exports in 2016.


UK Lifescience Industry - Edition 11

We're working on the next edition of UK Lifescience Industry magazine. If you have an exciting story to tell, contact Tess to discuss contributing content.

Book advertising space in Edition 11 to get your branding out to 50,000 contacts in the life science community.
Click here for advertising rates and media packInside front cover and inside back cover positions are currently available. 

Click here to catch up on the stories from Edition 10 of UK Lifescience Industry. 

The edition includes an article exploring Europe's life science landscape ahead of the European referendum and the highlightes from the Medilink UK Awards 2015.

Funding Calls

Innovate UK: China–UK research and innovation bridges competition
Deadline: 23rd March 2016

Innovate UK: India–UK collaborative industrial research and development competition – Clean-tech, affordable healthcare and ICT
Deadline: 13th April 2016

January Update 

We're starting 2016 with a busy events programme and some interesting new members we'd like to introduce. With 5 new members in the first few weeks of the year, our growing network allows us to support and guide collaboration, helping to build partnerships between businesses and the clinical and research community.

To make some new contacts, hear from investors, or have your say about the future of life science in Wales and the UK, come along to our upcoming event with the BIA at the GE Innovation Village on 11th Feb, where you can meet investors, politicians and life science companies.

We aren't ready to leave 2015 behind just yet, so we're sharing some links to the highlights! Read about the winners of our 10th Innovation Awards here and view the photo gallery here or check out our awards videos on Vimeo for more details on the winners. Catch up on what happened at the UK HealthTech conference last month here and follow the story on twitter: #UKHT2015  @UKHealthTech

Welcome to our newest members:

Kane Biotech is a Canadian-based biotechnology company engaged in the development and commercialization of products that prevent and remove biofilms. A leader in biofilm research with 67 patents and patents pending to its name, Kane is moving from a research and development concentrated business to one focused on product development and commercialisation to drive shareholder value.
Cortech Innovations develops innovative and patent-protected technology to revolutionise patient handling, with core technology that yields new and modular products. These work collectively to create three main product ranges - beds, hoists and chairs and a wider range of healthcare products; having modular variations with multiple unique functionalities.
GMP CliniBuild provides a comprehensive construction service for the pharma, medical, health and care industries. The company can build a GMP production suite, containment facility or research laboratory using a number of highly effective partitioning, ceiling and flooring systems to suit requirements and budget. The service can deliver bespoke laboratories & cleanrooms built to the ISO Classification and EU-GMP Grade required.
FireStar provides advice and guidance on medical device and IVD product development, business development and more. FireStar offers expertise in leading or advising product development programmes, evaluating state-of-the-art technologies, utilising existing resources to accomplish project goals and understanding the larger business landscape to develop a competitive strategic plan. 

Yolk Recruitment’s Life Sciences division offers specialist recruitment support exclusively to Wales’ diverse Life Sciences sector. Yolk Recruitment is a multi-divisional specialist consultancy recruiting skilled permanent and contract employees within mid to senior posts. Yolk’s specialist divisions are dedicated to supporting their niche sector, offering employers and employees expert local market knowledge.

Expert Advice: Elite Electronic Systems

Our latest expert advice comes from Elite. The life span of many modern electronic devices is relatively short. For medical device manufacture, obsolescence management is a vital role played by the electronics manufacturer. This article explores component obsolescence in the medtech Industry with a proactive approach to managing risk and minimising disruption to production. Read the full article here.

Members of the Month

Coveris Advanced Coatings deliver inspire® medical components that are designed to bring high performance to moist wound dressings for the professional and consumer market. The range includes standard polyurethane films and foams, conductive films, laminates and adhesives, ultra thin films, novel highly breathable adhesive systems and new developments in infection control. In addition a New range of Rose Pink films has been introduced. When supplied with the company’s New Pattern Coated adhesive they retain the higher MVTR required for modern wound care applications.

Homeglow Products has developed a unique heated seat cover (B-Warm) designed for the typical domestic environment where its user might be frail, elderly or in need of low power heat to ensure core body temperature. It supplies between 10 - 45 watts of heat input, covering the back of the neck to the knees at a consistent and accurate temperature. It costs just 1.1p per 16 hour day to run on the lowest setting and is washable for re-use at 40C.

Latest News

TrakCel gets £315k grant for cancer cell therapy

Homeglow Products wins Green Apple Environment Award

Swansea University: Dragons’ Den duo set to revolutionise surgical patient care with new wearable tech

Roche wins FDA approval for a new lung cancer drug

Pelican Feminine Healthcare to launch the latest women’s health medical devices at Arab Health 2016

£12m EU backed BEACON+ bio-refining research and innovation project gets the green light

Swansea University Medical School awards recognise the achievements of 2015

UKTI: Cross-government approach at heart of new drive to boost exports

Finance Wales portfolio company successfully completes £30 million Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM)

Geldards wins funding for expansion

MediWales’ Debbie Laubach represents UK in CEBR Board

10th MediWales Innovation Awards are a win for the NHS & life science in Wales

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