LSRNW MediWales Life Sciences Research Showcase

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Nov 2, 2021


09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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Join us for this free, one-day event to hear about some of the leading life science research happening in Wales today. Speakers will be drawn from across Welsh Universities & companies, and will include researchers with successful commercial partnerships and spin outs.

Our three morning sessions will involve researchers from each of LSRNW's three interest areas; Neuroscience, Cancer, and Immunology & Infectious Disease. You will have the opportunity to ask your questions directly to leading researchers

9am Welcome and Introduction from the LSRNW Directors & MediWales CEO

An introduction to the day, and a chance to meet LSRNW Directors, Prof Andrea Brancale, Prof Karl Hoffmann, Prof Cathy Thornton and Dr Edgar Hartsuiker, and MediWales CEO Gwyn Tudor

9.15am Neuroscience in Focus

Chaired by Prof Karl Hoffmann, Aberystwyth University, & Prof Andrea Brancale, Cardiff University


Prof Adrian Harwood, Co-Director of Research School of Biosciences, Co-Director of the Neuroscience & Mental Health Research Institute, Cardiff University

Prof William Griffiths, Professor of Mass Spectrometry, Biomedical Sciences, Swansea University

Prof Yves-Alain Barde FRS, Ser Cymru Research Chair in Neurobiology, Cardiff University

Dr Emma Lane, Senior Lecturer in Neuropharmacology & Director of Postgraduate Research, Cardiff University

10.30am Cancer in Focus

Chaired by Prof Richard Clarkson, Cardiff University & Dr Edgar Hartsuiker, Bangor University


Dr Ramsay McFarlane, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, Bangor University

Dr Salvatore Ferla, Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Swansea University

Prof Oliver Ottmann, Head of Haematology & Dr Joanna Zabkiewicz, Senior Research Fellow, Cardiff University

Dr Lewis Francis, Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Swansea University

Kevin Doolan, General Manager at Porvair Sciences

11.45am Immunology & Infectious Disease in Focus

Chaired by Prof Ann Ager, Cardiff University & Prof Cathy Thornton, Swansea University


Prof Andy Weightman, Microbiomes, Microbes & Informatics Group, Cardiff University

Dr James Cronin, Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Swansea University

Dr Richard Stanton, Reader in Viral Immunology, Cardiff University

Prof Luis Mur, Aberystwyth University

Dr David Rooke, Founder and CEO of i-Omics Ltd

1pm Lunch Break

We regret to announce that our Lunchtime Speed Pitching Session will no longer be taking place.

Afternoon: Roundtables

Starting at 2pm, our two roundtable sessions will give you the chance to hear about how to make the most of your research in terms of industry partnership & commercialisation. In our first session, hear from academic researchers who've successfully taken their research beyond academia.

In our second session, at 3.30pm, hear from business leaders, investors, and legal experts on what you need to know in order to form a spin out or build a relationship with a commercial partner.

2pm Academic experience of industry & commercialisation

Chaired by Prof Andrew Westwell, Cardiff University


Dr Rhian Hayward MBE, CEO of AberInnovation

Prof Steve Conlan, Strategic Director of the Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network, CALIN

Dr David Owen OBE, Chair of the Life Sciences Bridging Fund

Gareth Mayhead, Head of Technology Transfer, Swansea University & AgorIP

Dr Laura Rushton, KTP Fellow, Cardiff University & Unilever

3.30pm Advice from industry experts

Chaired by MediWales


Carol Hall, Regional Development Manager, Angels Invest Wales

Kellsey Logue, Solicitor, Capital Law

Dr Justin John, CEO, NRN Technologies Ltd

Dr Rhodri Griffiths, Director for Innovation Adoption, Life Sciences Hub Wales

Kapil Agashi, Patent & Trademark Attorney, Greaves Brewster

Garry Mackay, Director of Commercial & IP Division, GS Verde Group

You will be able to ask questions on the day, but if you have any particular topics you'd like our experts to cover, please send your questions to us using this form:

Roundtable question form

Event Timetable

09:00 Welcome and Introduction from LSRNW Directors
09:15 Neuroscience in Focus
10:30 Cancer in Focus
11:45 Immunology and Infectious Disease in Focus
13:00 Speed Pitching Session
14:00 Rountable: Academic Experience of Industry & Commercialisation
15:30 Roundtable: Advice from Investors & Industry; how to make the partnership work
17:00 Close