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Dave Taggart

Successful Strategy Event for ManxBioMed

03 January 2017

Over 150 delegates were welcomed to the latest ManxBioMed event, which took place recently at the Manx Museum. Guests included representatives from on and off-Island businesses, both in the biomed sector and support services (almost 20% of delegates were visitors to the Island), Government Ministers and officers, as well as a select group of students.

A combination of presentations and panel discussions created the format for the day which were specifically designed to promote conversations around topics felt to be key in the development of the sector. A vibrant BioMed sector will not only help maximise the Isle of Man's opportunities to create jobs and contribute to the continued growth of the Island’s economy but could also help improve patient outcomes.

Minister for the Department of Economic Development, Hon Laurence Skelly, MHK, who opened the event said,

"The Isle of Man is a great place to nurture new industries, with funding opportunities, solid infrastructure and a strong private sector partnership. Our growing biomed sector is a perfect example of how this ecosystem supports innovation and growth and I look forward to reviewing the outcomes of the event to encourage further development in this evolving sector."

Dave Taggart (pictured above), Manx Business Connection, Special Advisor – Biomed, chaired the day and kicked off the morning programme by outlining key considerations for the development of a biomed strategy. Dave is currently undertaking a strategy review of the sector on behalf of the Department of Economic Development and said,

"The range and depth of the discussion over the course of the day was exciting, and opened many doors for us to explore and for the Isle of Man to benefit from the huge potential of innovation in healthcare and life sciences. We have more work to do in defining the winning formula - there will be further cluster events on all key topics in the New Year - but we are getting closer to an inflection point in the role of Biomed in the Isle of Man economy."

Dave was born and grew up on the Isle of Man and hs recently returned to the Island after spending the last 15 years as a partner in Juniper Consulting Group Inc. Dave has worked in innovation consulting for 15 years and has delivered over 1,000 strategy and market research projects to a wide range of healthcare companies, from start‐ups to global leaders, spanning every major sector in healthcare and life sciences. His expertise also includes health‐economics, epidemiology and value analysis for health technology.

Sixth form students from around the Island also had the opportunity to attend the event and to meet with those actively involved in the sector. Director of Key Stage 5 and Biology teacher at QEII High School, Steven Slack said,

"We were very pleased to be able to send some of our Sixth Form students with interest in a career in Biosciences to the event. It was a great opportunity for students to talk to various interesting researchers and professionals about their current work. We are extremely grateful for the time given to us and hope we can arrange similar opportunities for our students in the future to open the doors of an on island career in Bioscience."

If you would like further information about the event or the biomed sector, please contact Sally Carpenter at sally@manxbiomed.im

Manx Technology Group