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Health Tech Spring Conference 2024

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HIRANI (Health Innovation Alliance Northern Ireland)

25th Feb 2024

Hosted by the Health Innovation and Research Alliance NI (HIRANI), Health Tech Spring is a two-day conference taking place in Belfast on 29 & 30 April 2024.


Following on from a sold-out summit last year, HIRANI have expanded the event into a two-day conference which will include a “Life Sciences, Life Support” event for businesses who provide support services to the life science industry. With Innovation zones and pitching events, global keynotes and local thought leaders, Health Tech Spring promises to be an iconic conference hosted in the Titanic Building.


Keynote speakers include Minister for the Economy, Conor Murphy along with Professor Tony Young, Hakim Yadi OBE, Victoria Manax, Rahul Kapoor as well as other members of US Life Sciences Advisory Panel

Themes will include:

Cultural and Operational shifts in Clinical Trials.

Fueled by adaptations to clinical trial implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic, decentralised clinical trials are burgeoning.

Regulators worldwide have issued guidance on how to implement such adaptations, however, there has been little focus on the distinct ethical challenges these trials pose.

Precision medicine – is it all just about the data?

Various technologies and approaches will be integral to the success of personalised medicine: but the integration and analysis of health information and data will be crucial.

Save the health service, save the planet.

If the global healthcare sector were a country, it would be the fifth largest contributor to climate change. Supporting sustainable healthcare can benefit both patients and the wider system

Day one of the conference, ‘Life Sciences, Life Support’, is free to attend for everyone and day two is free for all staff from health and social care NI (with a valid email address). The conference is also CPD accredited.


HIRANI CEO, Joann Rhodes said “The pace of convergence of technologies for healthcare is astonishing, but we are still only in the foothills of what is possible. Northern Ireland’s distinctive capabilities in diagnostics, precision medicine and digital health, our goldilocks’ size and positioning between EU, UK with strong links to our US friends makes us the perfect place to explore and drive forward health-academic-industry partnerships for health and prosperity; and scale globally.


“We are excited to have expanded our conference this year over two-days which reflects the significant growth of the sector and the strides that have been made in integration of medical technology into the healthcare landscape.”


Over 50 speakers from global and indigenous industry, academia and health along with 500 delegates will take part in multi-disciplinary panel sessions to explore contemporary issues and hurdles to commercialisation.

 The Health Innovation Research Alliance Northern Ireland (HIRANI) is an alliance of universities, health organisations and other industry bodies, established to drive and support ambitious growth in Northern Ireland’s Life & Health Sciences sector. HIRANI is supported by partners including Invest NI, Public Health Agency, HSC Research & Development Office, the Department of Health (DOH) and Department for the Economy (DOE) find out more at