First Celtic Life Sciences Event Brings Welsh and Irish Sectors Together

Life Sciences Hub Wales to Host June 20 Event

A UNIQUE event bringing together the life sciences sectors from Wales and Ireland will be held at the Life Sciences Hub Wales, on June 20.

The Celtic Connections Life Sciences Conference will bring together companies, academics, investors, experts and advisors, enabling organisations to explore new markets, grow their business, and trade effectively, in both the UK and Ireland. 

It has been 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 will open the event. The morning will be focussed on organisations that can present the opportunities and challenges in the sector, with emphasis on the information, support and funding that exists.

Key organisations including Life Sciences Hub Wales, MediWales – The Life Science Network for Wales, CALIN, Enterprise Ireland and Knowledge Transfer Network will outline potential routes to market, and the support available.

The afternoon will concentrate on specific logistics, accompanied by real case studies. There will be two interactive panel sessions on Intellectual Property and Funding. These will consist of a 20-minute introduction from an expert in each field for both Wales and Ireland, followed by a relevant case study in each country and then open discussion and questions. The chance to network is a key part of the event.

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 interconnectedness of our two islands”.

Attendance is by invitation only but for more information contact Nina Slevin at nina.slevin@britishirishchamber.com