Success All Round during Celtic Life Sciences Event Sponsored by CALIN
Companies, academics, investors, experts, advisors and enabling organisations were brought together to explore new markets, grow their businesses, and trade effectively, in both the UK and Ireland as part of the first Celtic Connections Life Sciences Conference.
Hosted by the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and the South Wales Chamber of Commerce and supported by CALIN and the Life Sciences Hub Wales, the Celtic Connection conference offered businesses the chance to network and engage with key enablers spanning Ireland and Wales, from patent attorneys to Government officials.
After an opening speech by the Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James, the morning saw keynote talks from top organisations including Life Science hub wales, Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network (CALIN), Innovate UK and MediWales. The talks highlighted the opportunities and challenges within the life science sector and provided key information on the support and funding that exists for Irish and Welsh Life Science businesses.
Taking place in the Life Sciences Hub Wales, the event also gave businesses the opportunity to engage in interactive panel sessions on Intellectual Property and Funding and provided a unique Networking opportunity for all involved.
One business firm attending the conference was biotechnology company Miltenyi Biotech. Speaking about the conference, company employee, Dr Ben Morgan said:
“With key information and real case studies on Intellectual property and informative talks from both Welsh and Irish Governments and Support Services, the Celtic Connection Conference proved to be of high value to business firms beyond the scope of Ireland and Wales”
Closing the event, Sheila O’Loughlin, Senior Advisor at Enterprise Ireland, discussed the benefits of growing businesses in Wales and Ireland but also the support packages available to international businesses based within the regions. Sheila O’Loughlin said:
“A focus point of the event was to enable business growth through networking and knowledge transfer, a goal which was clearly met through the course of the day and will undoubtedly be achieved again in future Celtic Connection events ”