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Cardiff Medicentre hosts Stanwell Sixth Form Visit

Cardiff Medicentre, the business incubator for biotech and medtech startups, has hosted a highly successful and entertaining visit by a group of 23 Year 12 students from Stanwell School in Penarth.

The students were given the opportunity to take part in a broad range of interactive product and service demonstrations by our tenants MedaPhor, Pharmatelligence and WIMAT

To round off the visit, Dr Chris Pepper, Reader in Haematology at Cardiff University's School of Medicine, gave a talk on his plans for setting up a new startup company based on over 13 years of cancer research carried out within his research group.

Penarth pupils step into the world of business.

Penarth pupils see the appliance of science!


Commentary

Dr Mark Bowman, Director of Innovation at Cardiff Medicentre said "This  visit was designed to encourage the students, all of whom are studying science subjects at A Level, to consider applying for summer placements here." 

He added "In the longer term, I hope that these students will consider working for technology start-ups as an alternative to more traditional graduate roles in large, established employers. With youth entrepreneurship now a key policy objective in Wales, the students have also had the opportunity today to appreciate the hard work and dedication that is involved in setting up a new life sciences business."

For all Cardiff Medicentre media enquiries, please contact:

Carina Phillips
T: 07815 058283
E:carinaphillips@ntlworld.com

Notes to editors

About Cardiff Medicentre

Cardiff Medicentre is a dedicated incubator for biotech and medtech startups. The facility is set in the grounds of the University of Wales Hospital and is a neighbour to Cardiff University’s School of Medicine.

Established in 1992, Cardiff Medicentre is a joint venture between Cardiff Council, Cardiff University, the Welsh Government and Cardiff & Vale University Health Board. It was the first incubator of its kind in the UK and now provides 32 units of high quality office and lab space accommodation ranging from 284 sq ft to 1,045 sq ft. Low-cost desk leasing facilities are also available to encourage entrepreneurs to enter the Cardiff Medicentre community while writing business plans and raising finance.

Tenants at Cardiff Medicentre benefit from specialist support in establishing and growing their businesses. Their aim, and the aim of the Cardiff Medicentre management team, is graduation – the process of tenant businesses outgrowing the incubation facilities and moving into their own follow-on space, or being acquired.

Examples of successful graduate companies

  • Q Chip Ltd (completed $6 million venture capital investment round in 2011)
  • Cardiff Bioanalytical Services Ltd (acquired by LGC Ltd in 2010)
  • Cardiff Research Consortium (acquired by Capita Group plc for £11.6 million in 2009)
  • BioDynamics Research Ltd (acquired by Quotient BioResearch Ltd in 2008)
  • TrichoTech Ltd (acquired by Concateno plc for £11.25 million in 2007)
  • OnExamination Ltd (acquired by BMJ Group in 2007)

Published on Fri, 20th Jan 2012

 
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