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Attendees discussed ways in which this thriving sector can continue to make its mark by supporting the region’s economic growth.

The event was attended by representatives from Aston University; Birmingham City University; Coventry University; the University of Birmingham; the University of Warwick; and University of Wolverhampton. Guests specialised in disciplines relating to Health & Life Sciences, including epigenetics; nutrition & dietetics; neuroscience; sports science; and cancer stem cell research.

A number of industry contacts were also in attendance – including recent foreign investors to the region, global health care providers VAMED and Dignio.

Nicola Hewitt, Commercial Director, West Midlands Growth Company, said:

“Life sciences is one of the region’s most significant sectors, with the UK’s largest regional concentration of companies, employing more than 268,000 people.  

“The dinner offered an opportunity to highlight the role of universities in attracting large-scale academic conferences to the West Midlands, and the importance of collaboration between destinations and academia in sectors, in which the region has a particular strength. As well as life sciences, these include advanced engineering; business, professional and financial services; food and drink; and tech and digital.”

To find out how you can get involved with similar future events, please email Siân Roberts, Head of Business Growth.