The Life Science Network for Wales
Founded in 1992, MediWales is the life science network and representative body for Wales. MediWales provides advice, support and business opportunities for our members, whilst promoting collaboration within the life science and health technology community in Wales.
With 180 members, our network is largely made up of life science organisations, pharmaceutical services and medical technology companies. We actively encourage engagement with the clinical research community and our membership includes NHS health boards and universities. We are an independent, not-for-profit limited company.
Our mission is ‘The advancement of human life science in Wales.’
Our focus is creating opportunities for our members.
Facilitating access to global trade opportunities, engaging with government to align support with sector needs, and improving access to vital clinical expertise and facilities are key roles for MediWales. We recognise and celebrate our members’ successes and promote the strengths of the sector within Wales and beyond.
We support our community with one to one advice on market access, international trade, finance and funding, supply chain and identifying collaborative partners. We run a popular events programme with topics including regulatory updates, NHS procurement, finance and funding, clinical unmet needs and medical technology, and organise special interest groups in the areas of clinical trials services, medical technology and diagnostics, and natural compounds.
Highlights in our calendar include the highly acclaimed UK HealthTech, our national conference, bringing together key experts from around the UK and beyond for industry updates and networking opportunities.
The MediWales Innovation Awards takes place at the end of the year and is our opportunity to celebrate the achievements of life science for Welsh industry and the NHS.
We also organise the MediWales Connects: NHS Collaboration Conference. Created in partnership with the Welsh NHS, this conference brings together NHS colleagues from across Wales, local companies and the wider industry sector to share clinical innovation to improve patient outcomes.
Throughout the year we host a range of Special Interest Groups focusing on Medical Technology & Diagnostics, BioPharma, Natural Compounds and Digital Health.
We have a number of publications including UK Lifescience Industry magazine, which has a distribution of 40,000 across the UK and at international events. Each of our members features in our Annual Directory and Review, and our newest publication is LifeStories, a case study magazine celebrating our members, their successes and collaborations.
MediWales have also developed the LifeScience Academy to address the skills requirement for the life science sector in Wales. The Academy focuses on skills, training, job opportunities and student placements.
Our UK partners include the Association of British Healthcare Industries, Medilink UK and Knowledge Transfer Network. We are now a part of United Life Sciences, a partnership between the BIA, One Nucleus, Bionow and BioPartner, and are increasing our international profile through UK Trade and Investment and the Council for European BioRegions.