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31st March 2011

3 of the top 10 most profitable Welsh companies are in the Life Sciences sector

Wales Business Insider’s March/April edition 2011 names the top 50 most profitable Welsh companies. In the top 10 are Life Science companies Biomet UK (6), a manufacturer of medical reconstructive device based in Bridgend; Convatec (7), a manufacturer of ostamy, incontinence and skincare products based in Deeside; and Ipsen Biopharm (10), a pharmaceutical company based…

30th March 2011

Cogent Sector Skills Council response to the 2011 Budget

The Budget has launched the Government’s “Plan for Growth”, a package of measures aimed at supporting private sector investment, enterprise and innovation. Cogent, the national skills council for the science-based industries is delighted to see this includes confirmation of measures to ensure educators provide the skilled individuals the fast emerging bioscience sector needs to flourish….

29th March 2011

Welsh Start-up, Vital Smile Systems, to pitch in Dragon’s Den style for Medical Futures Competition

Vital Smile Systems, winners in the Start-Up category of the MediWales 2010 Innovation Awards last December and nominee for a Medilink 2011 Award have now been selected by Medical Futures to present to a British Dental Association panel on April 12th in London. There were over 800 entries in total for 9 categories, and approximately…

29th March 2011

Budget 2011: Organisations in Wales give their reaction

BBC News: Budget 2011: Organisations in Wales give their reaction Organisations in Wales have been giving their reaction to Chancellor George Osborne’s 2011 Budget.   David Rosser, director of business organisationCBI Wales, said the Budget would help "businesses grow and create jobs". "The chancellor has made clear the UK is open for business," he said….

26th March 2011

Simbec – Spring 2011 Newsletter

MediWales Member, Simbec, Supplementary Accredited for Phase I, is highly experienced in the development of novel therapeutics and focuses on the early clinical development of new medicinals. They have over 35 years’ experience of continuous service in Phase I-IIa clinical research and bioanalytical research.  Understanding the need to reduce costs and the time it takes to get…

21st March 2011

NICE responds to government’s plans to introduce value-based pricing

    NICE has issued its response to the government’s plans to introduce a new value-based system of pricing medicines which aims to give NHS patients better access to effective and innovative medicines.   The government launched a consultation on value-based pricing in December last year, after outlining its plans to replace the current Pharmaceutical Price Regulation…

21st March 2011

Alere acquires MediWales Member Home Telehealth Ltd

Alere, the global leader in near-patient diagnostics and health management services has acquired Home Telehealth Ltd (HTL), the UK’s premier provider of clinical managed telehealth services, forming a new ‘connected health’ company called Alere Connected Health.   With 11,000 employees worldwide and 1.5 million people in health management programmes, Alere has well-established credentials and an excellent reputation in the…

15th March 2011

TSB News:

 £10 million for Scottish telehealthcare – Joint funding for assisted living and business growth Ten million pounds is to be invested over four years to improve care by growing the Scottish telehealthcare sector.  The project – jointly announced today by the Scottish Government and the Technology Strategy Board – will show how new technologies and…

14th March 2011

Comment: how to ensure public engagement in Gov’s ‘Big Society’ vision

  David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ has reverberated throughout the UK since before the coalition government was formed and its wide-reaching ideology means it can be applied to every walk of life – and the healthcare sector is no exception. But this is not a new idea. The previous Labour government made it a requirement for…

14th March 2011

News from the NHS Innovation Expo

Government will not give trusts cash to buy themselves out of crippling PFI contracts, DH leader reveals THE Government has ruled out providing financial help to hospital trusts struggling to meet PFI repayments. Matthew Kershaw, director of provider delivery at the Department of Health (DH), told delegates at this week’s Innovation Expo 2011 in London that while…