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United Life Sciences

United Life Sciences (ULS) is a strategic partnership representing over 1,000 life science and healthcare organisations across the UK and internationally. The partnership was created by four founding partners: BioIndustry Association (BIA), Bionow, BioPartner and One Nucleus in 2014. MediWales joined the partnership in March 2015.

The ULS collaboration has member and the wider UK life science sector benefit at the heart of its purpose and is the basis for all joint activities. It strives to avoid duplication of effort and coordinates the five organisations’ activities whilst recognising each other’s areas of strength so that member companies can benefit from more effective and coherent sector support.

Between 2012 and 2014 ULS worked informally together on a range of activities – including the creation and publication of a UK Life Science Manifesto 2015 – 2020 which is aimed at all political parties. This Manifesto sets out what we and our members believe is required for the future health and wealth of the UK during the next parliament. Vitally, ULS hosted a series of UK wide roadshows polling our members on their key issues leading to the production of the Manifesto which makes policy recommendations to Government. 

ULS has already hosted a number of joint events both in the UK and overseas and going forward we will be undertaking further joint initiatives plus providing cost effective attendance at each other’s events to maximise the international impact of the UK. Discounts are available to each other’s members for 3 of each of our major events so please do check with your membership organisation for details.

Over the coming months we anticipate that the representatives on ULS will grow to further enhance the benefits to life science companies and UK plc.

If you would like to find out more about United Life Sciences please contact:

One Nucleus - Tony Jones, CEO,, 01223 896 454

BIA – Steve Bates, CEO,, 0207 630 2182

Bionow - Geoff Davison, CEO,, 07968 323381

BioPartner - Lin Bateson, Director,, 020 7193 7815

MediWales - Debbie Laubach, Operations Manager,, 02920 47 34 56

About us

One Nucleus is an international membership organisation for life science and healthcare companies. We are based in Cambridge with the majority of our members across the Cambridge/London corridor – at the heart of Europe’s largest life science and healthcare cluster. 

Established in 1997, One Nucleus is a not-for-profit membership organisation located in Cambridge. 
We have over 470 organisations as members, including pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies and associated technical and commercial service providers. 

One Nucleus’ mission is to maximise the global competitiveness of our members.  For our science and technology-based members, that means them being global leaders in the research, development and commercialisation of healthcare innovations that radically improve the quality of people’s lives around the world. For our business and professional services members, it means them delivering exceptional services that significantly enhance the business performance of their clients. 

Since its founding in 1989, at the infancy of biotechnology, the BIA has made progress on many fronts, helping to shape a better environment for the UK bioscience sector.  

BIA's relentless advocacy has prompted important legislative and policy changes that have enhanced their members' ability to research, develop, commercialise and deliver new and innovative therapies that save and improve lives, strengthen the UK economy and drive bioscience growth.

Significant engagement by the BIA over the last 20 years has led to:
- Improved access to finance
- Ensuring a supportive regulatory environment for research and clinical development
- Enhanced environment for science
- Establishment of the Office for Life Sciences and its initiatives
- Publication of key sector communications

Bionow is the life sciences membership organisation for the North of England and supports business growth, competitiveness and innovation within the biomedical and life science sectors. Bionow’s mission is to provide the tools and support for organisations within the biomedical and life sciences sector in the North of England to become amongst the most competitive in the industry.

As part of the programme of support that Bionow delivers they host a number of key events in the life sciences calendar and over the coming months Bionow have an outstanding calendar of activities,  including the recent BioCap 2014 the only specialist life science investment and showcase conference in the North of England, BioInfect 2014 setting the global anti-infectives agenda and the prestigious Bionow Annual Awards Dinner. For more information visit

BioPartner UK is an accredited trade organisation (ATO) that promotes international partnering for trade, investment and collaborations with UK life science companies. They bring an international perspective to the round table group, facilitating access to overseas markets for their members and those of the partner organisations including One Nucleus. One of their main roles is to promote UK expertise at key international conferences. They are currently planning a delegation to BioSpain, arranging networking and financial assistance at BioPharm America in Boston, and preparing the UK Pavilion at Bio-Europe in Frankfurt. 

BioPartner UK gives new and growing UK companies an edge when going international; managing applications for UK Trade & Investment’s ‘TAP’ grants that offset the cost of attending some events, and brokering discounts with event organisers for UK delegates. Working closely with their round table partners, BioPartner promote UK bioscience as a whole, as well as individual companies on their UK Exhibition Stands and online directories, and via social media. 

Do catch up with them at forthcoming UK events including the BIA’s UK Bioscience Forum and Genesis, and find out about grants and discounts available to offset your costs when travelling overseas; or visit their website.

Founded in 1992, MediWales is the life science network and representative body for Wales. MediWales provides advice, support, business opportunities and promotes collaborations for the life science and health technology community in Wales.

The MediWales mission is ‘The advancement of human life science in Wales.’ 
Facilitating access to global trade opportunities, engaging with Government to align support with sector needs, and improving access to vital clinical expertise and facilities are key roles of MediWales.

MediWales runs a popular events programme with topics including regulatory updates, NHS procurement, finance and funding, clinical unmet needs, medical technology, and organises special interest groups in the areas of clinical trials, diagnostics and wound healing.

A landmark event in the MediWales programme is the annual UK HealthTech conference, attracting an international audience and key delegates from across the life science sector. MediWales also publishes a number of magazines including UK Lifescience Industry, which has a distribution of 40,000 across the UK and at international events.

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