Welsh health technology and life science sectors celebrates successful innovation

December 2021

The winners have been announced for the sixteenth annual MediWales Awards, celebrating outstanding achievements across the Welsh life science and health technology sectors. The awards ceremony was back in person this year at the Mercure Holland House Hotel with nearly 400 guests attending from across the UK representing the Welsh NHS, industry and academia.

Hywel Dda University Health Board’s TriTech Institute and Bond Digital Health won the Health and Social Care Research Partnership with Industry Award for the development of their digital mobile phone app, COPD Pal, that allows patients to take control and manage their COPD.

With funding from the Welsh Government Efficiency Through Technology Programme and as part of a Bevan Commission Exemplar Project, the organisations worked collaboratively to produce a tailored prototype. Bond Digital Health then refined and added functionality to the app to ensure it met the needs of patients and clinicians. Sponsored by Health and Care Research Wales.

Head of TriTech, Chris Hopkins said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the Health and Social Care Research Partnership Award with Industry. Our congratulations to all of the award winners and thank you to MediWales, Health and Care Research Wales, Life Science Hub Wales and all of the sponsors.”

This year the MediWales Innovation Awards were held in partnership with the Life Sciences Hub Wales and supported by Health and Care Research Wales and Welsh Government. As in previous years, the Awards were also sponsored by Development Bank of Wales. The reception was sponsored by Healthy.io and the Swansea University Medical School Health Technology Centre.

Gwyn Tudor from MediWales said: “We were thrilled that the sixteenth annual MediWales Awards were able to be held in person again this year. Since the pandemic, there has been so much to celebrate in the sector, and it was wonderful to take the opportunity at the Awards to celebrate these achievements. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the event, our members and everyone who continuously supports MediWales, not only at the Awards but throughout the year.”