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Life sciences

We support life sciences sector businesses working in:

  • biotechnology
  • medical technology
  • pharmaceuticals
  • diagnostics
  • regenerative medicine
  • neuroscience
  • e-health

If your business works in these areas, we might be able to help you with:

You might also be eligible for our business finance, subject to availability 

Wales Life Sciences Bridging Fund

Accelerating the path towards commercialisation

The Life Sciences Bridging Fund is a 3 year pilot programme of support funded by the Welsh Government and aimed at accelerating Life Sciences technologies on the path to commercialisation. 

The aim of the Bridging Fund is to:

  • maximise the economic impact of academic projects 
  • develop an entrepreneurial culture within academia  
  • support the licensing of new technology to encourage the creation of spin-out businesses  
  • promote a high value-added economy 


Background

It is well-recognised that university research has an increasingly vital role in improving patient care through the development of new therapeutics and medical devices. Such technologies are notoriously expensive to develop with many companies and commercial funders unwilling to invest at an early stage of development. This lack of funding to support the translational research required to demonstrate the commercial potential of academic research is a major hurdle to realising the full economic and health benefits.

The Life Sciences Bridging Fund aims to address these problems and provides a source of funding to enable academics at Welsh universities to further develop the full potential of their research.

Eligibility

Proposals are invited from any academic discipline as long as the project has direct relevance to the Life Sciences sector. Applicants should clearly demonstrate that their proposal builds on a body of existing research excellence and has significant commercial potential. Applications must be led by a Welsh university and can include collaborations with other universities and/or businesses.

The Fund supports projects across a wide range of areas including, but not limited to:

  • drug discovery and development
  • medical devices
  • diagnostic/prognostics
  • vaccines

Applications will be considered by the Scientific Advisory Board which comprises of Life Sciences industry experts. The Bridging Fund offers funding in the form of a Pathfinder scheme and a Follow-on Fund scheme. 

Pathfinder

Pathfinder aims to support the initial stages of the commercialisation process and should be used to establish the technical and commercial potential of a discrete project. Pathfinder is open to any academic working within a Welsh University.  Applicants can apply for up to £75,000 with the majority of projects expected to be less than 12 months in duration. Calls for Pathfinder applications are currently open and reviewed quarterly.

Follow-on Fund

This scheme is aimed at a small number of exceptional projects which can demonstrate they have already made significant progress along the commercialisation path.

For further information on the Life Sciences Bridging Fund please contact the Project Manager, Dr Corinne Nguyen on 07584 995669 or via LifeSciences@Wales.gsi.gov.uk

Life Sciences Bridging Fund projects to date.