After a successful BIA-led campaign with the sector the Biomedical Catalyst (BMC) is continuing with the fourth round currently open for applications. The BMC continues to have a significant positive impact on the sector and it is important for life science companies across the country to engage with the process. That is why we are putting on a series of events around the country – ‘How to be successful in the Biomedical Catalyst‘ – starting in Oxford on 10 September and then in Nottingham on 17 September.

I would urge all those with an interest in applying to the BMC to come along. We will have people in attendance who have already been through the application process successfully and who will be able to share some of their ‘top tips’ to give you the best possible chance to succeed. It is important the sector continues to share best practice amongst ourselves to ensure the continued success of the scheme in accelerating important medical research. These events are completely free of charge to attend so please do register and come along to network with your peers on this important issue. The BMC has shown us that taking the time to learn from your peers can make all the difference to your application.

Sticking with the funding theme, Angels4LifeSciences has its next meeting on 9 October. The final list of presenting companies are being drawn up but there are still a handful of potential open slots for interested companies to pitch to investors. Emerging companies or life science opportunities that require angel-appropriate levels of funding in both the near and long term should get involved with this opportunity. Angels4LifeSciences is an important vehicle to put investors and entrepreneurs together and anyone interested should drop me a line.

Finally, if you think your business deserves to be recognised as one of the very best, you might want to consider entering the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. These awards are bestowed each year by the Queen in recognition of the winner’s outstanding achievements in three categories – innovation, international trade and sustainable development. There is also an award for individuals – the Queen’s Award for Enterprise promotion. Entries or nominations are totally free with the closing date on 30 September. The UK boasts many innovative life science companies to match any other sector and it would be fantastic to have one of our own win an award like this so please do consider it and feel free to contact with the BIA if you would like to know more.