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BioWales in London

14.03.2023 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

PwC Embankment Place, London, WC2N 6RH
14th March 2023
8:30am – 6pm

MediWales is delighted to announce our upcoming BioWales in London event on the 14th of March 2023.

Draft programme below.

BioWales London is free to attend for all MediWales and partner organisation members.

Delegates are welcome to request a full delegate list by email to

Welsh Life sciences is a thriving and dynamic sector and particularly in the last 3 years, there have been significant developments around clinical innovation, medtech and diagnostics. This event provides a unique platform for exciting new innovations and companies looking for investment and collaborations. With presentations from a variety of Welsh companies at various stages of their investor journey and an expert investor panel.
We will also highlight NHS innovation and research collaboration opportunities, with our session ‘Working with the Welsh NHS’ discussing clinical access, adoption and clinical trials.

We have limited sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available.
To find out more, please get in touch with Ella –


Draft Programme : Further speakers and presentations to follow shortly


8:30 – 9:30 Coffee and Registration


9:30 – 11:00 Welcome and Opening Presentations:

MediWales Life Science Network for WalesGwyn Tudor, CEO (Chair)

Welsh Government: Rob Orford, Chief Scientific Adviser Health

PwC: Cardiff Capital Region Innovation Fund: Stephen Aherne, Partner and UK Leader, Pharma & Life Sciences

One Nucleus Cambridge-London Life Science Network: Tony Jones, CEO

Development Bank of Wales: Dr Richard Thompson, Senior Investment Executive

Welsh Government: Julie Russell, Business Development Manager Inward Investment


11:00 – 11:30 Break


11:30am – 13:00 Welsh Company Showcase:

Presentations demonstrating innovative technologies, new innovations and spin out companies and manufacturing capabilities from across Wales.

Jellagen: ‘Collagen Type 0 – A next generation biomaterial for soft tissue repair’ – Andrew Mears Spragg, CEO

Copner Biotech: Jordan Copner, CEO

Virtus Tech: George Bellwood, CEO

Cotton Mouton Diagnostics: Jenna Bowen, CEO

Halo Therapeutics: Imre Berger, Co-Founder & CEO

Afferent Medical Solutions: Everard Mascarenhas, CEO

Forth: Sarah Bolt,  Co-Founder & CEO

Biophys: Michael Graz, CEO

Celtic Vascular: Robert Jenkins, CEO


13:00 – 14:00 Lunch


14:00 – 15:00 Welsh Company Showcase Continued:

Imspex Diagnostics: John McKinley, CEO

Digostics: James Jackson, CEO

Bloom Standard: Jacob Colvin, Co-Founder COO

Llusern Scientific: Martyn Lewis, CCO and Emma Hayhurst, CEO & Co-Founder

Creo Medical: ‘ELECTRONICS MEETS MEDICINE: Applying Novel Engineering Techniques to Offer an Alternative to Antibiotic Treatment Before Antibiotic Resistant Infections becomes Number One Cause of Worldwide Deaths!’ – Chris Hancock, CTO & Founder


15:00 – 16:30 Finance and Funding Panel:

Panel discussion: support for companies on their investment journey and investment and funding rounds.

PwC – Cardiff Capital Region Innovation Investment Capital perspective: Rob Asplin, Partner

Development Bank of Wales:  Dr Mark Bowman, Venture Fund Manager

British Business Bank: Mark Andrews, Director, Life Sciences, British Patient Capital

Ascension Capital: Özgür Tuncer, Investment Partner

Apollo Therapeutics: Richard Butt, CSO

Jellagen – Company Perspective: Andrew Mears Spragg, CEO

Imspex Diagnostics – Company Perspective: John McKinley, CEO


Parallel Stream

11:30 – 13:00 Working with Welsh NHS – Innovation Programme, Research Collaborations & Clinical Trials:

Welsh Government: Rob Orford, Chief Scientific Adviser Health (Chair)

Welsh Government Innovation Programme: ‘A New Innovation Strategy for Wales’ – Thomas James, Head of Innovation and Technology

Jiva.AI – Collaborating with the NHS in Wales: Manish Patel, CEO – Why make AI in Wales: Joseph Connor

Queen Mary University of London, Barts Health NHS Trust – Barts Life Sciences – Supporting NHS Innovation: ‘Precision Health and Economic Growth’ – Sven Bunn, Life Sciences Programme Director

Centre for Innovation, Transformation and Improvement, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust: Adam Igra, Director of Innovation and Incubator

Respiratory Innovation Wales: Philip Webb, CEO

Welsh Wound Innovation Centre: Sarah Bradbury, Clinical Research Director


13:00 – 14:00 Lunch


14:00 – 15:30 Research & Collaboration Session:

Digital Health and Care Wales: Rachael Powell, Associate Director of Information, Intelligence & Research and Rachel Gemine, Head of Research & Innovation

ARCH Innovation and Research Strategy – Industry Engagement and CollaborationSiôn Charles, Head of Strategy and Service Planning

Health and Care Research Wales: ‘An overview of services to industry and successful models of research delivery in Wales’ – Lydia Vitolo, Senior Industry Manager

Cardiff University Medicines Discovery Institute: Richard Angell, Commercialisation Lead

MeOmics Precision Medicine: ‘MeOmics Precision Medicine – Cardiff University Spin-Out Case-Study’ – Alasdair Pettigrew, CEO

All Wales Medical Genomic Service: ‘Is the ‘designer diagnostic genomic revolution’ another false promise?’ – Sian Morgan, Consultant Clinical Scientist/All Wales Medical Genomics Service Laboratory Director


15:30 – 16:30 Research & Collaboration Panel


16:30 – 18:00 Networking Reception and Close

Photo Credit: Simon Moore


9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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