Exploring the Life Sciences Opportunity in the Black Country

13 September 2017 Lecture Theatre, Institute of Translational Medicine, Heritage Building (Queen Elizabeth Hospital), Mindelsohn Way, Birmingham B15 2TH

In 2015, the Black Country Smart Specialisation Strategy listed four key sectors of industry within the Black Country, one of which was life sciences.  The report recognised the strengths of the University of Wolverhampton in this field of research, and recognised that the Black Country has an emerging sector, with the potential to advance the life sciences sector locally.

At a regional level, the life sciences sector has emerged as a strategic opportunity and investment is currently underway, especially on a West Midlands Combined Authority level. The economic contributions from the life sciences sector in the Black Country is clear, and it certainly presents an opportunity for those who want to develop projects which will help enhance the sector across the region.  

This event will explore the opportunities for the life sciences landscape in the Black Country and showcase local learning. The event will be a mix of presentations and workshops, presenting local leaders and industry experts the opportunity to learn and to contribute to the meeting.


8.30am Registration and breakfast

9am Welcome to the meeting: Dr Christopher Parker, Managing Director, WMAHSN

9.05am Chair's welcome to meeting: Andy Williams, Accountable Officer, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG

9.25am Black Country and the Life Sciences Landscape:

  • Tony Davis, Commercial Director, WMAHSN
  • Wayne Langford, Director of Investment and Growth, Black Country Consortium
  • Dr Pamela Waddell, Director of Birmingham Science City
  • TBC, University of Wolverhampton
  • Richard Stone, Chief Executive Officer, Medilink West Midlands
  • Tony Gallagher, Chief Finance Officer, Walsall CCG
  • Michael Wood, Local Growth Advisor, NHS Confederation
  • Questions and Answers session 

10.50 am Refreshment break 

11.10 am Projects to learn from:

  • Dr Eliot Marston – University Hospital Birmingham.
  • Nigel Babb, Wolverhampton Science Park
  • Neil Mortimer, West Midlands Mental Health Innovation network.
  • Conrad Parke, Partnerships and Regeneration Manager, Sandwell Council – Midland Metropolitan Hospital and Regeneration.
  • Naomi Green/Hugo Russell, Project Manager, Innovation Birmingham - Innovation Engine.
  • Zulfikar Ali, Access to Finance Manager, Black Country Growth Hub.
  • Dr Paddie Murphy, EIT Health KIC
  • Questions and Answers session 

12.35pm Close of meeting, including next steps: Tony Davis, Commercial Director, WMAHSN

12.45 pm Meeting close, followed by lunch

To book your place, contact Ravi Kumar, Project and Partnership Manager for Innovative Health, on ravi_kumar@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk or 07824 415253.