Global Healthcare Forum focuses on talent and innovation in Irish life sciences

A major international healthcare forum, which will see leading global executives from 22 countries across the world meet with Irish innovators, kicks off today in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Hosted by Enterprise Ireland, the 3-day Global Healthcare Forum will see more than 130 leading global executives from across 22 countries, from both the public and private sector, discuss the future of healthcare and meet with 77 of Ireland’s life science innovators.

The conference provides an opportunity for international healthcare systems to discuss what comes next after the pandemic and the role of innovation in improving patient outcomes. The healthcare system in various global locations will be profiled. This is a unique opportunity for Irish companies to understand the challenges currently faced by healthcare systems across the world and the opportunities they may have to partner now and into the future.

Speaking in advance of the event, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, said, “This Forum is a great opportunity for global healthcare leaders to meet in Ireland and discuss the future of patient care and innovative new treatments. It will also be a good opportunity for global healthcare leaders to see our vibrant Irish Life Sciences sector at firsthand.”

“The Life Sciences ecosystem brings together medical institutions, third-level research and entrepreneurs, and is producing cutting-edge innovation to make a real difference to patients across the globe. It’s also a power-house for job creation and a vital part of the Irish economy.”

Leo Clancy, CEO, of Enterprise Ireland, said, “Enterprise Ireland is proud to bring this important Global Healthcare Forum to Ireland. Our Life Sciences sector has a global reputation for innovation and quality and this 3-day event will allow over 70 Irish companies to showcase their innovation and research plans to over 130 leading global healthcare executives. It is an important event, demonstrating international recognition of the strength of this sector in Ireland and its central role in tackling global healthcare challenges and working towards improving patient outcomes.”

Following today’s conference, attendees will spend the next 2 days meeting healthcare providers, innovators and entrepreneurs to discuss the future of healthcare in Ireland and globally, and to see the difference that Irish life science companies are making.

On Wednesday (15 June) the group will be in Galway and Offaly, and the itinerary includes a tour of Tullamore Hospital, led by the HSE’s Digital Transformation Unit, and meetings with key stakeholders in the Irish healthcare innovation ecosystem. This includes Atlantic Technological University’s Innovation Hub (iHub), BioInnovate, Health Innovation Hub Ireland, and a site tour of Enterprise Ireland supported company Aerogen which specialises in aerosol drug delivery.

On Thursday, the group will visit St James’s Hospital, Dublin, with a focus on its digital health innovation. They will also meet with senior leadership from innovation hubs based in Dublin, hosted by the Guinness Enterprise Centre, and tour Enterprise Ireland-supported companies HealthBeacon and Trulife.

On both days Irish life sciences companies will have an opportunity to showcase and pitch their innovation offering to the visiting delegates.

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