We aim to

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Act as a voice

To act as a voice for the life and health sciences sector enabling the sector to collectively promote and strategically position itself nationally and internationally.

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Drive collaboration

To drive collaboration and connectivity across business, academia and health organisations in the life and health sciences sector.

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Provide easy access

To provide a front door to Northern Ireland’s life and health sciences sector and offers simple access to the resources and expertise of the region.

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1.8 jobsFor every one job created, in the Life Sciences sector 1.8 jobs are created in NI.

3 JobsFor every one job created in the Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals sector, 3 jobs are created in NI.

£530Mof gross value added directly supported by the Life Sciences sector.

Company of the month

Belfast company TriMedika is an innovative medical technology company that provides the most accurate clinical devices for hospitals worldwide.

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£1.3billionGVA by health and life sciences companies

17Research and Innovation Institutes

190,000roles in the wider health and life sciences sector

HIRANI: The Health Innovation Research Alliance Northern Ireland

Established to strengthen the Life & Health Sciences ecosystem by maintaining a clear vision and strategic direction, and to act as a single voice for the sector with a focus on promoting Life and Health sciences capabilities in Northern Ireland.

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  • £1.1 billion turnover by NI health and life sciences companies in 2021
  • 300 life and health sciences companies
  • 4,400 health and life sciences graduates
  • 1,000 researchers working in Centres of Excellence
  • Two world class Universities
  • Five NHS Trusts employing 80,000 people
  • 1.44% people took part in covid trials – highest in the UK
  • Three clinical research facilities
  • Thriving engineering, tech and digital support sectors
  • Well-connected infrastructure
  • Dual access to UK and EU markets
  • NI was first of five connected places healthy ageing test beds in the UK
  • Integrated Health System
  • All patients have Electronic Care Records
  • 18,000 high quality jobs in health and life sciences
  • Thank you to our Funders

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    queens university logo
    invest ni logo
    department of health logo
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    northern health and social care