Meet in Wales to focus on the life sciences sector

Pooja Sharma
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Meet In Wales focuses on companies and associations with an affinity in the field of Life Sciences, to bring their meetings and events to the country. The approach is part of the campaign to align the meeting and events strategy with the expertise within the destination.

Recently, the campaign has focused on both the Compound Semi Conductors and Renewables sectors, as the destination continues to link event knowledge to areas of excellence in Wales.

Life Sciences is one of the growing sectors in Wales, with academic and business communities and research centers influencing scientific knowledge and behavior around the world. The focus of the campaign will be for Meet In Wales to utilize the knowledge of one of the destination’s ambassadors, Dr. Lee Parry, who specializes in this field. Dr. Parry will attend Meet In Wales at a number of industry events, including IBM in November, and will share the importance of Life Sciences and how the events industry can support its work.

As a sector, Life Sciences offers a major global impact and often seeks global solutions to major humanitarian challenges. Dr. Parry is based at Cardiff University, which prides itself on having an established College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, with a vibrant academic community, conducting innovative research and a state-of-the-art teaching facility.

“Wales is a leader in the life sciences and the many, many innovations the sector brings to medicine and the wellbeing of future generations,” said Dr Lee Parry. “I was honored to represent Wales as a destination for meetings and events, and if this means we can bring different expertise to our shores, create new relationships and collaborations, then that can only be a good thing for everyone.”

“The life sciences have the potential to impact every aspect of our lives and we are proud of the innovations our country continues to make in this area. Working closely with experts like Dr Lee Parry, we are pleased to provide a destination that provides organizers with access to the scientific community, new research and science, and reaches influencers around the world,” said Heledd Williams, Head of Business events at Meet In Wales.

In recent years, Wales has transformed its business landscape, moving to focus on industrial and service-based activities, from technology to fintech, from sustainable energy to creativity. As part of the destination’s National Events Strategy, Meet In Wales is now focusing on events that can not only benefit from, but also contribute to, the destination’s expertise.

Isla’s recent Temperature Check Report championed this strategy as an illuminating example of how government and events companies are working together to attract events, stimulate positive industrial activity while leaving a positive legacy for the destination.

The Welsh Life Sciences industry currently employs over 12,000 people, in over 260 companies (ranging from SMEs and start-ups to large blue chip companies) with a turnover of approximately £2.6 billion. With leading academic expertise and a central Life Sciences Hub, Wales is demonstrating a strong competitive advantage in Medtech, Diagnostics, Wound Healing, Regenerative Medicine, Neuroscience, Genomics, Cancer and Cell Therapy, and is already creating a world-leading Life Sciences Hub. ecosystem, which includes academics, the NHS, government and knowledge centres.

75% of the life sciences market is export-oriented. Welsh companies supply their products and services to markets around the world, from Spain and Ireland to Canada, Brazil, Qatar and Singapore.

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