CALIN Biosensors Workshop: pushing the boundaries of life-science in a North Wales hub of expertise
By joining forces, the Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network, CALIN, and the Life Science Research Network Wales, LSRNW, have successfully delivered a unique 2-day workshop highlighting the novel research that is taking place in the area of health related biosensors.
Biosensors are of paramount importance for the effective use of novel therapeutic drugs; as such the meeting brought together researchers from across Wales and Ireland both to present their research and to meet global researchers in the field.
The research area of biosensors has changed dramatically in the last few decades, with even greater changes being anticipated in the near future. In order for the research into novel biosensors to be effective, it is imperative to include commercial and clinical input from an early stage. The workshop brought together academics, clinicians and companies, all of which presented from a North Wales hub of expertise with global reach.
Held at the Château Rhianfa Beaumaris, Isle of Anglessy, the event was opened by Prof. David Shepherd, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Bangor University followed by talks from key-note speakers; Kathryn Evans, project manager for the LSRNW and Dr.Gareth Healey, project manager for CALIN, who highlighted the benefits of joining these important Life Science Networks.
The event also saw talks from med-tech companies including Perpetuus Carbon, Cotton Mouton Diagnostics and Biovici. Further to this, delegates saw presentations from clinicians, Prof. Dyfrig Hughes and Dr Stephen Hughes of the Betsi Cadwaladr University health board as well as university experts from Swansea University, Aberystwyth University, Bangor University and Tyndall National Institute.
Delegates also found out about funding opportunities available, generated new research collaborations and made future funding applications, making this event huge success for all involved.