The six specialist areas (Diagnostics, eHealth, Medical Technology, Neuroscience, Pharmaceuticals, and Regenerative Medicine) were selected to encompass the twelve Life Sciences areas prioritised in ‘Science for Wales’. Six Focus Groups were established and included participants from academia, industry, the Welsh Government and NHS Wales. Each Focus Group was chaired by one of the partner institutions and addressed specific aspects of the Welsh Life Sciences sector to strengths, challenges, and opportunities identified in each specialty area.
As an outcome of the Focus Groups, each produced a confidential report outlining the significant barriers in their respective areas, made recommendations to overcome them, and identified the stakeholder groups which needed to take action. Although Welsh Government and NHS Wales staff attended the Focus Groups, as this project was funded from the A4B programme, many of the recommendations are from the academic and buisness perspective. Furthermore, a second outcome was a stakeholder-driven mapping exercise for each area of focus. These detailed reports and mapping exercises have been supplied to the Welsh Government’s Life Sciences Sector Team and the Life Sciences Sector Panel to inform policy and strategy.