Ireland leading the way in Biopharma Innovation

Posted Sep 16, 2016

Less than a week to go to the most anticipated event in the 2016 Irish Biopharma calendar. This is certainly one of the most interesting and unique event line-ups we have seen in Ireland for some time.

The IPHA, BPCI and NIBRT must be commended in their vision in bringing to Ireland the Health Hackathon and the Biopharma Ambition seminar in association with DCU-Alpha, MIT and Trinity. The hackathon which kicks off this Friday, September 16-18th and the BioPharma conference with events and activities in NIBRT, Trinity and Dublin Castle on 21-22nd of September. Commenting on the event BPCI Director, Matt Moran said “This is an all-island event and we are delighted to be working with Intertrade Ireland on this – we hope to see a big turn out from the industry – it’s a real chance to project the island of Ireland as an engine for innovation in life sciences “

The pace of change in healthcare appears to be accelerating. We are increasingly seeing the lines blurring between Healthcare Providers, Medical Device companies and Pharmaceuticals as the delivery of healthcare becomes about so much more than just delivering a pill to a patient. The future of medicine is now about Connected Healthcare , Personalized Medicine and Focused Delivery. There is a change in focus from delivery of an active ingredient/device to a patient, to one of understanding overall health outcomes for an individual and for the overall patient population, which should lead to better outcomes and longer healthier lives for us – the patients.

As part of this we are now seeing the technologies from IT, Nano-technology, 4-D Printing and the Electronics industry helping to forge the way.  This is illustrated by this weeks announcement of a joint venture by Alphabet (Google) and Sanofi to deliver better Diabetes solutions to patients.

Health Hackathon – DCU Alpha/MIT – September 16-18th – Better outcomes for Patients

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and DCU-Alpha will be co-hosting a unique weekend workshop with the primary goal of finding “Better Outcomes for Patients”. This workshop is open to scientists, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and marketing folk from across multiple industries and sectors of the economy, not just Pharma and Biopharma, as they look for new and innovative solutions. This is not the first time MIT have worked with teams here in Ireland. In 2015 MSD in Ballydine, Co Tipperary and MIT announced the first Irish partnership for the innovative engineering programme “The Practice School” The willingness of MIT to engage and have a presence in Ireland is a clear signal as to how highly rated the Irish Pharmaceutical and Biopharma professionals and industry are.

BioPharma Ambition – BPCI/IPHA/NIBRT/SFI/TBS– September 21st-22nd – Inspire Connect Influence Innovate

The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA) and BioPharmaChem Ireland (BPCI), representing the research based and manufacturing biopharmaceutical industries respectively, have come together with the National Institute for BioProcessing Research and Training (NIBRT) to host BioPharma Ambition®, a multi-platform event to inspire and showcase innovation. This event will offer an opportunity to learn from some of the top industry and academic leaders in their fields and to network with industry peers. Check out the speaker line-up here

Don’t miss this opportunity!

As a member of BPCI, LSC strongly recommend attending this event. Ireland will never have the biggest Life Sciences industry (2015 – Ireland 25,000 employees vs Germany approx. 250,000 employees), hence we need to ensure that we are at the forefront of healthcare trends and technology innovations. This event offers an opportunity to condense key strategic information into two days and come away with an excellent industry update. Don’t miss this opportunity to drive your business in the right direction and your support will help to ensure Ireland continues to forge a unique place in the Pharma and BioPharma industry.

See you all in Dublin!