Who: Life Science Exchange and ABPI

What: The Pharmaceutical Sector in Wales – Areas of Focus

When: 10th February 2014

Where: Waterton Centre Bridgend

Output: This event resulted a number collaborative projects moving forward, including a GlaxoSmithKline workshop for respiratory diseases arranged by SEWAHSP and a Pharmaceutical Special Interest Group by MediWales.


‘The Pharmaceutical Sector in Wales – Areas of Focus’ was an event held in the Waterton Centre on 10th February 2014. This event was designed to gauge the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities within the pharmaceutical sector from the perspectives of Welsh academics, NHS representatives and pharmaceutical businesses. Attended by around forty delegates, the day included presentations from opinion leaders in the sector:

John Roberts Penn Pharma – GMP development and manufacture of new medicines

  • John Harris ABMU Health Board – NHS Perspective: Pharmacy and ABMU Health Board
  • Hedley Rees PharmaFlow – Wales, Supply Chains and the opportunities
  • Marc Clement Swansea University – Academic perspective: New Developments

The panel of speakers were joined by Sian James (Health Research Wales) and Joanne Ferris (ABPI Cymru) in a panel discussion to answer questions, with interactive contributions made by members of the audience. The Life Science Exchange then used the information gathered at the event to inform focus group discussions and to help for the recommendations presented in this report.