BIA at BHF_biotechweek_440_220Last week was European Biotech Week and we had a really fantastic week at the BIA, with plenty of good news to share. On Monday thanks to Europabio over 60 people from across Europe met with the European Medicines Agency (EMA)’s at their London headquarters, to understand the new routes available to SMEs to engage with regulators for innovative products.

On Wednesday I was pleased to speak at the opening ceremony of Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies’ new state of the art disposable mammalian cell culture plant, which was opened by Royalty in Teeside, and that same evening EuropaBio announced the winner of their European Most Innovative Biotech SME Award 2013.

What a great result to have PsiOxus Therapeutics – a UK company and a BIA member – announced as the winner. I think this further highlights the UK’s position as the leading biotech cluster in Europe. Many congratulations to PsiOxus Therapeutics, who were recognised for their innovative approach in cancer therapy.

BIA at BHF_biotechweek_250_squarishFinally on Friday, the BIA joined up with the Babraham Institute and Papworth Hospital to promote bioscience R&D at the British Heart Foundation (BHF)’s Peterborough furniture and electrical store. With goody bags and balloons, talks from a BHF researcher and a clinician, plus live displays of CPR and educational props to illustrate healthy hearts and arteries, we ‘took the cause to the store’ to thank and highlight to BHF shoppers how their support and donations help to fund biotech research.

This week, on Thursday 10 October it’s our Bioscience Forum and evening Autumn Reception at the Royal College of Surgeons. We’ve got a great day lined up packed with sessions on the topics that matter to you – including intellectual property, manufacturing, finance and hot topics such as antimicrobial resistance – together with plenty of opportunity for networking. If you haven’t yet applied for one-to-one partnering – or even if you haven’t yet booked! – take this last chance to book now. With over 380 delegates, 65 speakers, 24 exhibition stands and of course keynote talks from Boris Johnson and Jim Greenwood, CEO of BIO, it’s sure to be an event you won’t want to miss.

Our AGM also takes place this Thursday, so don’t forget to vote now for the BIA Board elections, the ballot closes tomorrow.

I hope to see you on Thursday.