Successes for the Centre for NanoHealth at first North Wales Event
The first North Wales event held in December 2010 was designed to reach out to regional local enterprise and introduce the Centre for NanoHealth (CNH) as an opportunity for support and collaboration. The event resulted in the successful engagement with ten new businesses in North Wales.
Swansea based business consultants CIOTEK Limited were engaged to promote the event ‘Opportunities for Collaboration and Support’ to North Wales based companies in the medical & other related business’. The event was aimed at promoting the expertise and new facilities within the CNH and the Institute of Life Sciences phase2 project, as well as showcasing some recent case studies of new collaborative projects with Welsh business and providing information on possible funding routes for collaborative R&D projects.
The CNH team were delighted to invite Porvair Technologies (a current client company) to present a recent case study from the companies perspective. Porvair summarised their collaboration with CNH: “The CNH were quick to respond when we asked for help. They have the necessary knowledge, equipment, access to tissue samples and expertise to understand what we had and then helped prove its benefits against competing technologies. The CNH then followed through with further help to promote the product.”
Despite the inclement weather conditions in December the event was a great success, and the CNH project team were able to engage with 10 new business’ and made an additional 20+ new contacts in North Wales businesses for follow up in early 2011. Centre Manager, Dr Matt Elwin said “The event went extremely well, and although numbers were slightly down due to the weather, those who were able to make it were very engaging and responded positively with feedback. We are already meeting with some of these companies to plan support projects":
Steve Guilfoyle from Nu Instruments said “As a representative of a Welsh high technology company I was intrigued to find out what the facilities at the Centre for NanoHealth could offer to the local academic and business communities. I found the Bangor event engaging and informative, and I am pleased to say that my company is already in discussion with staff at CNH regarding access to some of the recently acquired surface analysis instrumentation, which we consider to be the state of the art”
The event follows the opening launch at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea in 2009 and expands the reach of the Centre into North Wales. Details of 2011 events will be posted on the website at http://www.swan.ac.uk/engineering/NanoHealth/NewsEvents/, and will include a grand opening of the new NanoHealth facility in the Institute of Life Science Phase 2 in late 2011 / early 2012.
The CNH is a £21.6M project based at Swansea University and supported by the European Regional Development fund through the Welsh Assembly Government. The project is delivering a start of the art facility underpinned by a 50+ team of academic and clinical experts to develop leading innovations in healthcare by working with business and the NHS. Please visit the website for further information or contact the project team.
This news story has been generated by the Centre for NanoHealth.