News 2016

We have secured funding for two PhD Studentship

StudentshipThe development of a cortisol sensor

StudentshipThe development of a sepsis sensor

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The scheme has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme


A successful first Exec meeting for the CALIN team!

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The Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network (CALIN) will connect 240 businesses with world-leading Higher Education Institutions to advance life science product development through collaborative R&D. 

Focusing on life-science technologies to support projects within Precision Medicine (Diagnostics & Therapeutics), Regenerative Medicine or Biocompatibility & Safety Evaluation, Welsh and Irish businesses can draw on expertise at Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea Universities in Wales, and University College Dublin, The National University of Ireland Galway and Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork in Ireland.  

Through open access to a unique strategic international partnership between the six world-class universities in Wales and Ireland, and Global businesses such as Unilever and GE Healthcare, businesses will have access to technological infrastructure, scientific staff and a network of leading life science innovators to develop new products, processes and services or progress existing products to market.

The Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network (CALIN) is a 4-year project, funded by the European Regional Development fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme.

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CALIN will…

Establish a network for life science business and academic collaboration across Ireland and Wales

Develop new products and processes to support economic growth

Create highly skilled jobs in the life sciences sector

Support inward investment

Promote science excellence across Ireland and Wales


A warm welcome back to Dr. Hobbs who will be joining us from the 1st of December on an NRN funded cancer project

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CALIN – New Life Science Innovation Network for Welsh and Irish businesses launched

A new €11.96M EU-funded Ireland-Wales life science network was given the green light today by Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford.

 The Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network (CALIN) collaborative programme aims to connect Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)  with world leading Higher Educational Institutions including  Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea Universities in Wales, and University College Dublin, The National University of Ireland Galway and Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork in Ireland.

Focusing on Precision Medicine (diagnostics, devices & therapeutics), Regenerative Medicine and Bio-Compatibility & Safety Evaluation, CALIN will engage with businesses to support advanced life science product development through collaborative R&D.

CALIN offers open access to a unique strategic international partnership between six world-class universities in Wales and Ireland, and Global Healthcare Leaders Unilever and GE Healthcare. Through CALIN Welsh and Irish businesses will have access to a powerful knowledge base and technological infrastructure enabling accelerated innovation, and access to a network of key stakeholders including those involved in supply chains, the route to market and end-user healthcare providers.

CALIN’s aim is to drive smart sustainable growth in Advanced Life Sciences in both Wales and Ireland, by undertaking a large number of collaborative R&D projects, and through these generating new jobs and attracting investors into the cross-border regions. All R&D activities will include a collaborative partnership between an SME and both an Irish and a Welsh University over a 1-3 year period depending on the nature of the development programme.

The network will offer R & D, technological development and innovation support to SMEs, which will drive the international competitiveness of both regions.  Together the internationally recognised centres of excellence will foster long-term cross-border research and industrial partnerships, building a platform of excellence for wider interactions and Europe and beyond.

The Welsh Government’s Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said: “Life science is a key sector in Wales and Ireland and this funding will support research and development, which is vital to the creation of new products, technology and jobs.

“It is excellent news for more than 240 small and medium-sized businesses and I’m delighted that expertise in the participating universities will be shared and used across both our countries.”Irish Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe said: “The Ireland-Wales programme shows how EU funding can contribute to successful cross-border cooperation – in this case across our maritime border with the UK. The CALIN project is an excellent example of how it supports research and development in universities for the benefit of enterprises of all sizes, leading to new jobs and further investment in new technologies.

“This announcement shows funding under the Ireland-Wales programme is going ahead and that programme beneficiaries can plan for the future with confidence. The Irish Government strongly supports the programme and is committed to its successful implementation.”

More information about CALIN can be found here: www.calin.wales


Wales punches above its weight again!

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Rick and Van start on their new NRN project

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Stephen Taaffe start on his KESS II funded PhD project

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Congratulations Steve

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We supported the KESS II Launch event – congratulations and good luck Penny

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We have obtained funding from the Knowledge Exploitation Skills Scholarship with the support of Sophimark

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ARCH 2016 Team meeting

2016 Group Photo Team Building Week

This is the first year we have had a team event of this kind, and what a success! Team building not only occurred on a scientific level, but on all levels, including sport, cooking and cleaning. This event gave everyone the opportunity to learn more about each other, to reflect on our differences and build on our weaknesses. Previously unsolved research questions were addressed and solved, publications have been formulated, and the role of each individual within the group was identified in order to best move the research forward. Thank you to all those who made this week such a success!!


British Society for Nanomedicine

We are happy to support and will be attending the British Society for Nanomedicine Early Career Researchers meeting in Swansea on the 11th and 12th of August

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Funding secured

Funding has been secured for the first preclinical analysis of a novel magnetically directed cancer treatment in conjunction with both Cardiff and Swansea Universities. This project will assess the toxicity of the therapeutic agent in cell lines (in vitro) representative of the major physiological systems including the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys (both in 2D and 3D culture).

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Joanne gave a stunning third year PhD presentation

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Jo presented her PhD defence to all staff and won a place that the Annual Young Scientist Symposium – well done Jo!


 June’s team meeting agenda has now been finalised

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Prof Chris McGuigan

Prof Chris McGuiganOne of the UK’s leading scientists in the field of anti-cancer drug discovery has died following his own battle with the disease. He was the heart of life science research and a dear friend and mentor; he is missed already


The key to building and managing a research team is to promote a strong internal working environment; as such we have now jointly booked up our first team building event for June.

For a full list of activities please click the table!


A warm welcome to Dr Beardmore who joins us from Liverpool John Moores University on a Research Impact Award from the Life Sciences Research Network Wales  rb


We have obtained funding from the Knowledge Exploitation Skills Scholarship with the support of Microsens

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The bisosensors workshop speakers helping to form a new network

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News: August 2017

Congratulations to Alison her PLOS one paper has now been accepted

News: July 2017

Dr Hobbs presented at the Welsh Medicines Research Symposium 2017

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