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January 2015

Gallery: MediWales Innovation Awards

We have created a gallery with the photographs from the MediWales Innovation Awards.

Click here to view.


MediWales Events & Collaborative Events

MediWales & Betsi Cadwaladr UHB:
Addressing Unmet Clinical Needs in Dementia and Brain Injury
26th February 2015, Denbighshire

MediWales Supporting:

Digital Health Assembly: Open Innovation Conference
10th - 12th February 2015, Cardiff

MediWales Supporting:

Med-Tech Innovation Expo
29th - 30th April 2015, Coventry

Partner Events

ABHI Export Seminar: A Focus on China
11th February 2015, London

UKTI: US Exporter Bootcamp
25th - 26th February 2015, London & Edinburgh

4th - 5th March 2015, Cardiff

MediWales members will receive a 25% reduced delegate registration rate to attend BioWales. Please contact Sarah Dawkins for the discount code.

KTN: Keeping pace – Analytics for tomorrow’s biopharmaceuticals
4th - 5th March 2015, Leeds

International Events

UKTI Japan Webinar: CMIC Co., Ltd: Regulatory Developments in Japan’s Medical Devices
27th January 2015, Online webinar

UKTI: Oncology & Drug Discovery Mission to India
8th - 12th February 2015, India

Healthcare UK Mission to Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata
9th - 13th February 2015, India

BIO-Europe Spring
9rd March - 11th March 2015, Paris

MediWales members receive BioPartner discount to BIO-Europe. Contact Tess for more information



Funding Calls

Innovate UK: Biomedical Catalyst - Early stage awards
Deadline approaching:
28th January 2015

This grant is to evaluate the technical feasibility of an idea and establish proof of concept in a model system.

Wellcome Trust: Pathfinder Awards Fund
Deadline approaching:
6th February 2015

The Wellcome Trust is seeking to kick-start pilot projects that have significant potential to help develop innovative new products that address an unmet need in healthcare and offer a potential new solution.

Innovate UK: Biomedical Catalyst – Feasibility studies 
21st March 2015

This grant enables the exploration and evaluation of the commercial potential of an early-stage scientific idea.

Wellcome Trust: Translation Awards
15th April 2015

The aim of Translation Awards is to develop innovative and ground breaking new technologies in the biomedical area.


New Year Update

Welcome to 2015!

After the fantastic year that 2014 was for the life sciences sector, we are excited to see what successes this year will bring. We aim to continue to help our membership organisations work together and grow, and look forward to seeing innovation, collaboration and groundbreaking research in the year to come.

We would like to thank our members, partners, sponsors and friends for contributing to the success of our events last year. They were a pleasure to organise, and we hope they were enjoyable and thought provoking to attend. 

A full report on the UK Health Tech conference and the winners from the MediWales Innovation Awards can be found in the Events Overview below. 

Our next event, 'Addressing Unmet Clinical Needs in Dementia and Brain Injury', is organised in collaboration with Betsi Cadwaladr UHB and Health Research Wales. The event takes place on 26th February and is free to attend for MediWales members.

A very warm welcome to our newest members Pharmaflow and Viridian Pharma, as well as our new Corporate Partner, Grant Thornton. Read more about our new partner and members below.

New office for MediWales 

We are thrilled to announce that MediWales have moved office and have a lovely new home. 

Our new address is: 
The Bonded Warehouse,
Atlantic Wharf,
CF10 4HF

Case Study Magazine

We are launching a new publication, which is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your achievements, new products, innovations and collaborations.

Our new 'LifeStories' magazine will be circulated to our UK and international audiences. Please get in touch with Lucinda for editorial and advertising opportunities.

Click here to see our media pack!

Latest News

The National Assembly for Wales’ Health and Social Care Committee calls for Wales to have a robust and coordinated approach to medical technology
MediWales submitted evidence of access to medical devices in the NHS, contributing towards this report.

Cell Therapy Catapult and TrakCel to Collaborate on Research Project

Carmarthenshire based medical device manufacturer The Magstim Company Ltd celebrates 25 years of business

Finance Wales exceeds investment target to invest £19.8 million in first half of 2014-15

Q Chip acquired by nanomedicine specialist Midatech Pharma

TrakCel has raised £750,000 through a rights issue

Chromogenex raises funds from a US investor

Creo Medical announce closure of £3.5m funding round

Geldards LLP report on: The Cloud & Data Security

EKF Diagnostics enters collaborative relationship with Joslin Diabetes Center

Blackwood Embedded Solutions win Innovation Award at Caerphilly Business Awards

China Economic Focus Overview

Award Winners

Our list of Industry and NHS winners from the MediWales Innovation Awards 2014

Industry Categories
Innovation Award
Winner: Asalus
Start-Up Award
Winner: Jellagen
Outstanding Achievement Award
Winner: Sharp Clinical Services
Partnership with the NHS / Academia Award
Winner: Microvisk
Export Award
Winner: DTR Medical
Judges Award
Winner: CellPath

NHS Categories
Innovation within the NHS Award
Winner: Betsi Cadwaladr UHB
NHS Collaboration with a Welsh Company Award
Winner: Aneurin Bevan HB
NHS Partnership with UK / International Industry Award
Winner: Hywel Dda UHB
Judges Awards
Winner: Cardiff & Vale UHB - John Maisey


Events Overview

UK HealthTech Conference a success for the sector

The speaker presentations from the UK HealthTech Conference are now available here to download. 

The UK HealthTech Conference opened its doors for a third time on 4th December at the St David’s Hotel and Spa, Cardiff. MediWales delivered this popular event and with 250 professionals, clinicians and industry specialists, from around the world. Continued support from Health Research Wales allowed all NHS staff to attend the day for free.

With 38 exhibitors, visitors from over 20 countries, and over 50 partnering meetings arranged, with support from the Enterprise Europe Network, this year’s conference offered something for everybody. 

Read more here...

Strength of Welsh connectivity highlighted at MediWales’ Awards

The MediWales Innovation Awards 2014 celebrated the fantastic achievements of life science companies and individuals from the NHS in Wales. A priority sector in a tough economy, Welsh industry’s innovative partnerships with the NHS and academic institutions significantly contribute to the health and wealth of Wales.

The Awards Dinner, supported by National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR) and sponsored by Abel & Imray, Geldards LLP, GX Group, Elite Electronic Systems, University Partner Swansea University and Grant Thornton was held at Cardiff’s National Museum on Wednesday 10th December to an audience of senior industry, NHS and government representatives.

Read more here...

New Members

A very warm welcome to our new Corporate Partner: Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms. Over 31,000 Grant Thornton people, across 100 countries, are focused on making a difference to clients, colleagues and the communities in which we live and work.

Welcome to our newest MediWales members:


Pharmaflow build, manage and dramatically improve Biopharmaceutical supply chains based on principles that combine systems thinking with industrial engineering. Their breakthrough work is founded on the teachings of Deming, Shingo, Ohno, and many other great exponents from exemplar sectors. Just as these sectors have placed their ‘systems of production’ at the heart of their business, so can Biopharmaceuticals leverage that learning in the previously untapped world of drug production.

Viridian Pharma

Viridian Pharma was established in the UK in 2002 to develop and market niche pharmaceutical products for hospital use. As a Company, they have a good understanding of the requirements of hospitals for specialist medicines and are able to meet these needs with the security and support of fully-licensed products. They develop contract manufacturing partnerships to produce our products. Viridian Pharma provides the regulatory; product development, sales and pharmaco-vigilance expertise to these partnerships. 

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