What happened during the 2017 Biowales conference 7-8 March in Cardiff, Wales? Some notes of interest.

The theme of this year was “Health and Wealth”. We were about 600 people who gathered in the beautiful Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Each year there is an increasing number of international delegates.

The programme can be found via this link:


Wales Millennium Centre a beautiful day in March 2017

In the introduction, Mr Mick McGuire, Director of sectors and Business Welsh Government, explained that Life Science is a key priority for Welsh government – but the smallest sector yet. 11.000 people are employed in 360 companies in LS. Eleven investments are made from Welsh funding instruments attracting four times the invested amount.

There was much attention given to gene therapy from among others the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult by Julie Kirby. Also GE Healthcare, Mark Briggs, gave a presentation on the topic that present production techniques are not good enough but must be developed further. There is a problem with variability in availability because it is a living material and sometimes patients are called in but the product is not ready.


Panel: Ifan Evans: Deputy Dir for Technology and Innovation, Welsh Government, Mark Ebbens GE Healthcare, Prof David Ford, Swansea university Health Informatics and Penny Owen, moderator, GE Healthcare

Falling in love with the question and not the answer!

Data is a catch-up revolution.

Match change management with intelligence from big data – artificial intelligence. Influence how people live their lives.

Turn from illness service to a wellness service – hard to change behaviors for professionals as well as the public.

Use data to reflect on actions. Get a feedback loop on what unhealthy behaviors will do to you.

How to manage the personal needs in relation to the needs of the masses. Patient vs. hospital.

How do we innovate because of data. Data will never tell you about the future. You still need imagination for the future.

If you are not paying for a product you are the product.

CALIN – New Life Science Innovation Network for Welsh and Irish businesses launched:


Good example of networking and collaboration between universities and SME´s. EU funded.

Philip Webb: Velindre NHS Trust: Innovation – Inspiration or desperation?


Interesting opportunity for collaboration with MultiHelix Think Tank on patient´s perspectives on healthcare.

What matters to our patients? Making it personal!

Health? physical and psychological!

Activate and educate patients in a holistic way! Therapeutic gaming! Pokemon Go example.

Use Artificial Intelligence to develop the concept of precision psychology – emotional side of healthcare – health literacy key!

Making it personal –translate into meaningful actions


 1)    A Health school, now being developed in Örkelljunga in Skåne, was of interest to the Welsh government representatives.

2)    The ARCH programme developed in Swansea in collaboration between the health boards and the university. The focus is a regional collaboration for health to create a healthcare system fit for the 21st Century and the lives we lead today. The ARCH team will be invited to come to Skåne and present their programme. www.arch.wales

3)    The EU funded COSME programme will be in focus for the TIM partners during spring 2017. Two new clusters are invited to join the call together with TIM members. The Slovenian Innovation Hub represented by the Director Dr Alenka Rozaj Brvar signed a Letter of Intent for this purpose. Life Science Hub Wales will have a leading role in the application process.

4)    The patient´s perspective for future “pre-hospital” healthcare is another area of common interest. Big focus on prevention of disease is a must. Elderly with chronic and multiple diseases is a growing concern and we must find new ways of improving the healthcare for the benefit of this group of patients.

The conference booth of the Welsh Life Science Hub with happy co-workers

Dr Alenka Rozaj Brvar, Director of theSlovenian Innovation Hub (right) and Dr Ursula Hultkvist Bengtsson, CEO MultiHelix AB signing the LoI