New ‘digital stage’ unites health and life sciences sector

UK Healthcare Pavilion virtual directory showcases innovation and raises awareness of UK companies to a global audience

The UK is a leading hub of health and life science research and innovation, but companies have found it hard to promote their goods and services overseas

A first-of-its-kind virtual platform has been launched to showcase the very best of UK healthcare and life sciences.

The UK Healthcare Pavillion provides news, insights, and interviews from a variety of key opinion leaders and policy makers, offering views on topical subjects and showcasing the strengths the UK has to offer.

The platform will support UK companies to increase export opportunities, as alongside this is a searchable directory of firms providing overseas buyers with a simple and intuitive way to identify and engage with UK industry and healthcare organisations.

Also listed are the UK’s most-prestigious private healthcare providers, highlighting why millions of people each year choose the UK as the place to access world-class medical treatment.

The Pavilion will provide a brilliant platform for UK healthcare businesses to export their goods and services overseas, sharing the very best that Britain has to offer

Crucially, key government and healthcare stakeholders are supporting the platform, which will also aim to attract inward investment.

The result means is the most-complete picture of UK healthcare and life sciences to date.

Paul Benton, managing director (international) at the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI), said: “We are delighted to have worked with software developer, Virti, and other stakeholders to bring the UK Healthcare Pavilion to life.

“We know how special the UK’s healthcare and life sciences sector is, but there has never been a single front door that showcases its true breadth and capabilities.

The UK Healthcare Pavilion will provide a single front for UK firms

“Throughout the pandemic, organisations have also told us how they are struggling to connect with global audiences due to the closure of physical borders.

“From there, the idea for the site was developed to create a ‘go-to’ marketplace for visitors looking to discover, connect, and innovate with the UK healthcare and life sciences sectors.”

The UK Healthcare Pavilion is supported by government departments, including the Department for International Trade, Invest Northern Ireland, Scottish Development International, and the Welsh Government, as well as UK consulates, embassies, and industry bodies from around the world.

We have great heritage in these areas and take a uniquely-collaborative approach, giving us strong foundations to build on as we push the boundaries of scientific discovery

A mix of trade and clinical associations are also supporting the site, including the Royal College of Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA), the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA), GAMBICA, Medcity, OneNucleus, the AHSN Network, and The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart, said: “The UK is a global leader in life sciences and healthcare innovation, with strengths spanning the NHS, academia, industry and policy.

“We have great heritage in these areas and take a uniquely-collaborative approach, giving us strong foundations to build on as we push the boundaries of scientific discovery.

“This is even more significant as we work to combat COVID-19 around the world.

“The Pavilion will provide a brilliant platform for UK healthcare businesses to export their goods and services overseas, sharing the very best that Britain has to offer.”

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