This initiative will strengthen our combined research base and create strong commercial foundations for life sciences both regionally and globally. A key focus will be to support partnerships that will last beyond the term of the programme and create a legacy for the future wealth generation of network-linked SMEs.
CALIN will provide a unique opportunity for businesses to work with institutes across both Ireland and Wales. This pool of world-class expertise will promote exciting business opportunities by enabling engagement with a broad knowledge network offering combined research and innovation expertise. This is an exciting initiative, promising great benefits to the health and life science commercial sectors of both countries.
CALIN goes right to the heart of what we do well here in Swansea - innovative life science at the interface between academia and industry through large international collaborations that make a difference to human health, wellbeing and wealth.
Swansea University Medical School
Life science is a key sector in Wales and Ireland and this funding will support research and development, which is vital to the creation of new products, technology and jobs. It is excellent news for more than 240 small and medium-sized businesses and I’m delighted that expertise in the participating universities will be shared and used across both our countries.
The Ireland-Wales programme shows how EU funding can contribute to successful cross-border cooperation – in this case across our maritime border with the UK. The CALIN project is an excellent example of how it supports research and development in universities for the benefit of enterprises of all sizes, leading to new jobs and further investment in new technologies.
This announcement shows funding under the Ireland-Wales programme is going ahead and that programme beneficiaries can plan for the future with confidence. The Irish Government strongly supports the programme and is committed to its successful implementation.
Public Expenditure and Reform
This important initiative will provide the essential link between a research based innovation and transformation into a working, successful business. Converting an idea or concept into a profitable, sustainable venture requires expertise and a unique skill. Perhaps that is why so many start-ups fail, despite the energy and passion of the entrepreneur. CALIN and the funding it brings, will enable entrepreneurs to work on their business as well as in their business. Creating and connecting pathways, facilitating a smooth route to market and giving the customer the product they want to buy. CALIN will help convert ideas into action!
British Irish Chamber of Commerce