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Life and health sciences employ 17,000 people in Cardiff working in areas such as eHealth, pharmaceutical services, regenerative medicine and medical technology. A greater proportion of people are employed in Cardiff in the manufacture of irradiation, electromedical and electrotherapeutic equipment, medical and dental instruments, supplies and pharmaceutical preparations than the UK average. The sector is well supported by the region’s universities which are home to world leading research expertise with a strong commercial outlook. Research expertise in the Life Sciences across Wales is brought together by the Life Sciences Research Network led by Cardiff University.
The life sciences sector in Cardiff benefits from the advice, support and business opportunities offered to members of MediWales. The network promotes collaboration within the life science and health technology community and facilitates access to global trade opportunities, and to clinical expertise. Through its LifeScience Academy, MediWales connects companies with students and graduates who have the skillset they require and runs training courses to enhance key skills within the sector.
In addition, there has been a significant investment in the Life Sciences Hub Wales, which is a nerve centre for academic and healthcare organisations, business, expert advisers, clinical and funding organisations. The Hub seeks to stimulate interaction, innovation, networking and collaboration, making the link between ideas and commercialisation a reality and providing a commercially driven resource for the sector.