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The Life Sciences sector in Wales employs around 11,000 people in over 350 companies.

The sector is diverse, research-driven and global with its characteristics constantly changing as new sub-sectors emerge and develop.

The sub sectors include:

  • medical technology businesses, with wide ranging activities including research, testing, manufacture and the provision of specialist services
  • regenerative medicine
  • diagnostics
  • eHealth
  • pharmaceutical services
  • neuroscience

The operational strengths in Wales cover a range of value added medical and scientific processes and technologies, products and development activities. These include pharmaceutical and biotechnology, diagnostic and medical devices, agri and industrial technology, from blue chip to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Life Sciences Hub Wales

Life Sciences Hub Wales is a focal point for the sector in Wales, stimulating interaction, innovation, networking and collaboration, facilitating jobs and investment. It is a central hub for the whole of the Life Sciences sector in Wales including academic, business, clinical and funding organisations.

Visit the Life Sciences Hub life sciences hub wales (external link).

Companies operating in Wales

Life science anchor companies

  • Biomet UK Ltd (medical devices) - Bridgend
  • GE Healthcare (pharmaceuticals) - Cardiff
  • Norigine Ltd (pharmaceuticals) - Cardiff
  • Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (diagnostics) - Pencoed
  • Packaging Coordinators Inc (biotechnology) - Hay on Wye
  • Penn Pharmaceuticals - a PCI Company (pharmaceuticals) - Tredegar
  • Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Ltd (diagnostics) - Llanberis.

Regionally important life sciences companies

  • BTG Protherics UK Ltd (pharmaceuticals) - Ceredigion
  • Convatec Ltd (wound healing) - Tredegar
  • Convatec Ltd (manufacturing) - Deeside
  • Nice-Pak International Ltd (biotechnology) - Flint.

Although some companies have their research and development headquarters in Wales, a significant number undertake scientific development activities locally making use of the strong collaborative links that exist between academia, industry, clinicians and government.

Support available

We offer a range of support for the sector. To find out more visit Business Wales (external link).

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