BioDundee Annual Conference

Release date: 22 May 2017

Life Sciences and healthcare experts from all over Europe will gather in Dundee this week for two days to discuss international solutions in human and animal healthcare.

More than 100 delegates are expected to attend the 17th annual BioDundee Conference at the West Park Centre tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday.

Delegates will focus on a wide-ranging programme under the heading of Global Challenges – Worldwide issues, threats and solutions.

Among more than a dozen speakers will be Shona Robison, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport; Paul Wyatt, Drug Discovery Unit, University of Dundee; David MacCallum, SDI, Mike Sullivan, InnovateUK and Mark Cook, Medtronic UK & Ireland.

He said: “The value of having world class universities with cutting edge facilities, great research capabilities and willing partners in a major teaching hospital cannot be underestimated.

“Dundee has everything a life science company could want from start-ups to multinationals like Medtronic.”

Sessions will include discussions on neglected diseases in the developing world; a new platform for improving human and animal welfare; animal health’s contribution and supporting commercialisation in health and life sciences

One of this year’s highlights will be the pitch perfect business innovation competition in which four companies compete in a live pitch in front of a panel made-up of internationally focused investors and entrepreneurs.

A cash prize of £500 will be awarded to the winner who will be announced on the day.

The BioDundee Conference is a collaborative event created by the life sciences community which brings together people in the sector to present and discuss key aspects of the industry and also showcase examples of excellence and best practice across Scotland.

Organised by an eight-strong committee the conference is one of the key activities of BIoDundee.

Now in its 20th year the partnership promotes the growth of life sciences in the area, bringing together people from the public, private and academic sectors to foster and create an environment where continuous learning, improvement and innovation can take place, and where experiences can be shared, and best practices embraced by existing, new and incoming companies.