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3. LIFE SCIENCES
Cardiff Capital Region’s fast-moving Life Sciences sector is diverse, research-driven and categorised by global enterprises including Norgine,
Biomet, GE Healthcare and Convatec.
The sector employs 17,000 people in Cardiff working in areas such as eHealth, pharmaceutical services, regenerative medicine and medical
Cardiff has a greater proportion of people employed 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 Capital 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 in collaboration with 300+ research partners.
As well as the Cardiff Medicentre (a medical technology incubator on the site of University Hospital Wales), there has also been a significant investment in Life Sciences Hub Wales, based in Cardiff Bay, which is a nerve centre for academic and healthcare organisations, 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.
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.
- The Cardiff Capital Region is home to one of the world’s top five world diagnostic companies Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, the £4 million Welsh Wound Innovation Centre, ReNeuron, the first company to carry out clinical trials of stem cells in stroke patients and leading European specialist pharmaceutical company Norgine.
- Cardiff University is the base for Sir Martin Evans, Nobel Prize Winner for discovery of embryonic stem cells, and has an MRC Centre for
Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Brain Imaging Research Centre (CUBRIC)