Special Interest Groups

Life Sciences Hub Wales is launching a series of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), focussed on some of the key themes that will help the sector to develop and support innovative approaches.

SIGs enable engagement across the Life Sciences eco-system and collaboration in these shared interests will help advance the specific areas. Bringing together people and organisations from different disciplines but with a common interest (Hub members and non-Hub members) will help stimulate innovative ideas, projects, products and processes to be successfully delivered.

Life Sciences Hub Wales will help facilitate the SIGs and will provide meeting facilities, principally at the Chris McGuigan Hub but also across Wales as demand dictates.


If you’d like to get involved, either by leading a Special Interest Group (SIG), or by contributing and taking part, please don’t hesitate to email us via hello@lifescienceshubwales.com or get in touch using our online contact form.


Antimicrobial Resistance
Addressing the challenges faced by the overuse or misuse of antibiotics linked to the emergence of resistant micro-organisms, which, if not addressed, could render healthcare treatments inefficient and pose a risk to public health.
Arts and Health: led by Fulcrum Direct
How much can the arts sector improve health and wellbeing will be key to this SIG, the arts used in combination with other clinical interventions can improve health outcomes for individuals and wider communities.
Health and life sciences Biomarkers: led by Fulcrum Direct
This group will examine the opportunities for biomarkers that can be used to assess the health of an individual, and how might they be further developed and deployed to monitor and predict health interventions across populations.
Health and life sciences Cell and Gene Therapy: led by Welsh Government
This Special Interest Group brings together the dynamic Cell & Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine clusters in Wales, supporting businesses to develop patient focussed therapies, whilst promoting agile collaborations.
Health and life sciences Dementia
This SIG will look at the increase of dementia in the population and how the Life Sciences sector can assess and support those with the condition, which can significantly affect daily life and impact health and social care budgets.
Health and life sciences Digital Health: led by Digital Health Labs
Digital drivers can include innovative technology, cloud computing, and personal genetic information, this group will look at how big data can be turned into real knowledge for better patient outcomes and health sector improvements.
Health and life sciences Funding and Finance: led by the Hub
Business growth is dependent upon a number of factors, not least access to differing funding and finance, what are the key drivers for Life Sciences businesses and organisations looking for support and what might be the barriers.
Health and life sciences Health Economics: led by Christie Harper
This SIG will be concerned with the function of healthcare systems and health-affecting behaviours, Life Sciences has a key role in delivering innovation that reflects this desire for ensuring maximum value aligned with clinical effectiveness.
Health and life sciences Healthy Ageing
As life expectancy increases, this leads to demands on health and social care systems globally, healthy ageing initiatives can help address these challenges enabling the ageing population to live healthier and independent lives.
Health and life sciences Rural Science
This SIG will address areas within life sciences that primarily relate to the agricultural industry, medicinal horticulture, crop technology, and animal science, all with the expressed aim of improving human health and well-being.
Health and life sciences Sports Science
Sports science studies how the human body responds during sport and exercise, the sports industry promotes physical activity and leads on innovative approaches, how can these approaches be transferred into general healthcare.
Health and life sciences Wearable Technology: led by PDR
The growth of wearable technology is linked to a need for user access to instant information, what role does Life Sciences have to play in the burgeoning sector, supporting retail, consumer and healthcare providers to work together.
Female Health: led by Kale & Bee
The mission of this Special Interest Group is to develop and support innovation in female health by bringing together businesses, academics and healthcare professionals to build knowledge, networks and collaboration


If you’d like to get involved, either by leading a Special Interest Group (SIG), or by contributing and taking part, please get in touch by emailing hello@lifescienceshubwales.com.