BIA Board Election 2013

It’s BIA Board election and AGM time. I’m delighted to see such a strong field of members putting themselves forward for election which reflects the increased vibrancy of our organisation.

Papers for the AGM, and details of the Board Elections, will shortly be sent to Primary Contacts at all Corporate, Associate and Network member companies. As well as review of our Report and Accounts, I’d like to highlight that the Board are recommending this year that members approve some changes to our Articles of Association, the rules which govern the way the BIA operates. I encourage you to look out for these papers arriving and invite anyone with questions to contact Rowena Gardner or myself over the coming few weeks.

Voting in the Board elections may be done online via our website or through completing and returning the ballot paper. The AGM will take place on Thursday 10 October, between the UK BioScience Forum and Autumn Reception. All members are welcome to attend, anyone unable to attend the AGM but wishing to vote, may do so through the Proxy Form which will be included in the pack sent to Primary Contacts.

The agenda for the UK Bioscience Forum is almost complete and alongside our keynote speakers, Boris Johnson and Jim Greenwood, we will hear from Dr Ryan Donnelly from the School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast on microneedles for transdermal drug delivery and patient monitoring and hold a discussion on whether the IPO window will remain open or whether this is another “bubble”.

I look forward to seeing many of our members at our Biomedical Catalyst lunch in Oxford tomorrow. The meeting aims to provide members with the opportunity to understand what makes a strong application and learn from those who have already been through the process and received Biomedical Catalyst funding.

Finally, the closing date for applications for the UK Synthetic Biology Mission to San Francisco in November is on Friday 13 September. The mission is centred around the SynBioBeta SF: 2013 conference. UKTI is offering to support eight competition winners with their entrance fee to SynBioBeta SF 2013 and up to £1,000 support for flights and accommodation.