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April 2016

UK Lifescience Industry - Edition 11

Read the latest edition of UK Lifescience Industry magazine online here.

The issue includes key themes of data, precision medicine and digital health, with a feature on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and explores recent innovations and advancements from the life science sector across the UK.

MediWales is the life science network for Wales.

We provide advice, support and business opportunities for our members, whilst promoting collaboration within the life science and health technology community in Wales.

Have you thought about joining MediWales? Click here to become a MediWales member

We're looking for an energetic Welsh-speaking scientist 

Opportunity for an energetic Welsh-speaking scientist to demonstrate the extraordinary things you can achieve with science in the 'Cool Science' item of Tag.

Tag is S4C's flagship programme for 8-16 year olds, broadcast live on S4C every Tuesday & Friday. Contact Miriam for more information

MediWales Events & Collaborative Events

Farmer to Pharma: Commercialisation of Natural Products – Launch of Natural Compounds Special Interest Group
27th April 2016, Cardiff

LifeScience Academy: Placement Exchange
19th May 2016, Cardiff

LifeScience Academy Workshop with Abel & Imray: The Patents Instruction Manual
24th May 2016, Cardiff

MediWales Connects: NHS Collaboration Conference
6th July 2016, Cardiff

Partner Events

Medilink EM MPD Training Course: EU Intermediate/Advanced Regulatory Affairs for Medical Devices
28th April 2016, Derby

Sony UK TEC: Media Lifecycle Solutions Open Day
12th May 2016, Pencoed

Anglonordic Life Science Conference XIII
18th - 19th May 2016, London

BioDundee 2016
24th - 25th May 2016, Dundee

Welsh Ambulance Service Trust Innovation Workshop
26th May 2016, Pontypridd

Medilink East Midlands: Innovation Day
8th June 2016, Nottingham

Swansea University & WWIC: Masters module on innovations in chronic wound healing
14th June 2016, Pontyclun

Bionow: BioFocus Conference
15th June 2016, Newcastle 

SEHTA: Health Technology in the UK – 10 Year Forward View and AGM
15th June 2016, London

Aneurin Bevan Health Board R&D Conference
21st June 2016, Newport

One Nucleus: ON Helix
28th June 2016, Cambridge

Wales Festival of Innovation: WWIC – Welsh innovation in wound prevention and treatment
30th June 2016, Pontyclun


International Events

ABHI Mission to Texas, United States of America
14th - 21st May 2016, Texas

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

14th - 17th November 2016
Düsseldorf, Germany

Welsh Government support available

Funding Calls

Innovate UK – Delivery Plan 2016-17 Health and Life Sciences

Innovate UK – Review of UK proof of concept support

SBRI: New vaccines forglobalepidemics: development and manufacture competition for development contracts
Deadline: 4th May 2016

EU SME eHealth Competition 2016
Competition: 8th - 10th June 2016


International Calls

UKTI: Brazil export opportunities for UK life science companie s

Latest News

Jellagen Pty Ltd completes a new £1.5M equity investment to scale up the manufacture of next generation jellyfish collagen

Diurnal’s AIM listing strengthens Wales medtech sector

BBI Solutions launches two new products: human Galectin-3 and Procalcitonin Antigens

MedaPhor Group plc placing to raise £3.2 million

THAY Medical gains ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 certification

QOL announces FP10 status for buddy® leg and isolated wound covers

Drumlord: Stronger, Better, Faster, Cheaper

Goodson Thomas helps technology firm TrakCel recruit a top executive talent

MedaPhor Group plc announces audited financial results

Coveris Advanced Coatings to showcase inspire® medical components at EWMA 2016

Salar Surgical wins Best British Medical Startup award 2016

Denny Bros launches website with new anti-counterfeiting solutions products

April Update 

We've been waiting to announce an exciting new project to our network, and here it is - we are delivering the very first NHS Collaboration Conference, MediWales Connects, on 6th July 2016. Joining a packed upcoming events schedule, the conference will offer excellent opportunities for our members to develop key connections within the life science community. Read about our upcoming events, training and member news below.

MediWales Connects
NHS Collaboration Conference

The first event of its kind for the health and care community, MediWales Connects is an all Wales NHS collaboration conference celebrating clinical progress and innovation on 6th July 2016. The event brings together NHS colleagues and clinical teams from across Wales, local companies and the wider industry sector to share clinical innovation in practice to improve patient outcomes. 

The keynote address comes from Andrew Goodall, Director General of Department for Health and Social Services and Chief Executive of NHS Wales. The event includes workshops, CPD training seminars and an exhibition.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved. Please contact Isabelle for information. Click here for the flyer.

LifeScience Academy

Our activity reflects the interests of our community, and we react to your needs and views. One key point that has been raised is a need to develop better training and skills for future and existing employees, so we are launching the LifeScience Academy, which runs through two streams: professional development and skills training; and student and graduate recruitment.

Our first LifeScience Academy: Placement Exchange event takes place on 19th May 2016 for University departments and companies to meet and discuss student and graduate placements.

The academy continues with a key IP workshop taking place on 24th May 2016. Innovation Leads – The Essential Guide to an Effective Patent Strategy, delivered by Abel & Imray, teaches you what you need to know in an innovative organisation about protecting and developing your IP.

Welsh winners at
Medilink UK Awards

The Medilink UK Awards celebrated the best in life sciences and healthcare technology on Wednesday 20th April. The team from MediWales and a number of Welsh companies travelled to Ricoh Arena to join in the celebrations.

Five winners from the MediWales Innovation Awards in December were put forward to represent Welsh industry in the Medilink UK awards. Competition was tough but Wales shone through, resulting in 2 winning categories and a further 2 runner's up.

Winner: MedaPhor - Export Achievement award
Winner: Salar Surgical - Start-up award
Runner up: Huntleigh - Innovation award
Runner up: Rocialle - Partnership with NHS award

Read the full list of winners here

Farmer to Pharma:
Commercialisation of Natural Compounds

This month sees the launch of our Natural Compounds Special Interest Group with our event Farmer to Pharma: Commercialisation of Natural Products on 27th April 2016. We have almost 100 delegates already registered, which provides a great audience if you would like to exhibit. Contact Isabelle to discuss booking exhibition space. 

Expert Advice: Abel & Imray

Our latest expert advice comes from patent experts Abel & Imray, outlining how European patent law changes will bring cost savings and added complexity to businesses in the EU. Read the full article here.

Abel & Imray are collaborating with MediWales to deliver the LifeScience Academy workshop: Innovation Leads – The Essential Guide to an Effective Patent Strategy on 24th May 2016 in Cardiff. Contact Isabelle to book your place.

Welcome to our newest members

Darwin Gray LLP is a specialist commercial law firm based in Cardiff acting for a range of clients in the technology, life sciences and healthcare businesses. The corporate commercial team offers advice and assistance in connection with commercial contracts and agreements, intellectual property (including disputes) and data & IT issues. In addition, the team can assist with a range of wider services including commercial property, employment & HR, and commercial dispute resolution.
Bangor University is a research-led institution with an international reputation that makes a major contribution to the economic wellbeing of North Wales. The research from the institution has a major impact around the world according to the latest assessment of research quality, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The University is a major provider of training and education for the NHS and is also one of the main partners in the North Wales Clinical School and has close links with the NHS in Wales through Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Members of the Month

Magstim provides the means for neuroscientists to work with the human brain in awake subjects by manufacturing and supplying state-of-the-art clinical and research instruments, with products covering the fields of neurology, neurophysiology, psychiatry and cognitive neuroscience as well as ENT, orthopaedic and neurosurgery.
ARP Associates provides help with business management and the development of people to progress company potential. Alison Payne coordinates the ARPAL team and provides services in business development, as well as in executive coaching and in projects which support strong CSR values, with a team of consultants providing development services. The combined efforts offer a hands-on approach to business development with additional support.

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