On November 21st, 2019, IPHA held it's ‘Innovate for Life’, our annual conference. The event, was attended by a record number of delegates and guests and was held will be held at the Croke Park Meetings and Events Centre, Dublin.

For 26 years, we have been running an annual conference. The conference made a bold statement about ourselves to the external environment. It celebrated the science and innovation that guides our work. It marked the impact we make in society and the economy. And it explored themes that will define the future of medicines, especially how they can be adopted faster by the health services.

Our goal, as we near talks on a new agreement with the State on the pricing and supply of medicines, is to partner with policymakers on a deal that works for all, especially for patients. This is about advancing the role of new medicines in raising standards of care. 


The Minister for Health opened the conference with a video message. He was followed by keynotes from Pierre Meulien, Executive Director of the Innovative Medicines Initiative, and Gwynne Morley, General Manager of IQVIA who, respectively, dealt with public-private partnerships in new medicines development.

After the coffee break, two fora, consecutively, examined the digital healthcare and consumer healthcare landscapes, and already senior leaders in the private and public sectors have committed to contributing to the debates. The fora were followed after lunch by The Learning Lab - a unique panel that will hear from thought-leaders about how we plan the future for innovative medicines. A panel discussion called The Patients’ Experience will hear the real-life stories of people who use our medicines. In the evening, the dinner speaker  was Paul Reid, the HSE’s Director General. The moderator for the day was Virgin Media News’ Colette Fitzpatrick.

The conference was integrated with our digital campaign, ‘Innovate for Life’ - a series of short films telling an industry impact story across Places, Patients and Pioneers. The long-form documentary debuted at the conference in the evening, coinciding with the keynote speech by IPHA’s President, Aidan Lynch. You can see the agenda here: Innovate-for-Life-Conference-2019-Agenda.pdf


John Sheehy, Chair of IPHA CHC Division with Aidan Lynch, IPHA President

Aidan Lynch with Gwynne Morley, IQVIA

Yvonne Goff, HSE; Maeve McGrath, Roche Ireland; Richard Bergstrom, Guardtime Health; Frank O'Donnell, Mircosoft Ireland; Anne Jones, GMI


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