BIA Gala Dinner 2014

One of the topics our members have asked us to focus on this year is raising the profile of the sector in the City. Our showcase event last month was well received. At our BIA Breakfast in London on 26 February we will be joined by the healthcare team from JP Morgan who will provide their thoughts on how the market currently stands. I’d also like to draw your attention to an upcoming breakfast networking meeting on 26 March at Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst where the focus will be on the 2015-20 life sciences manifesto. We are working together with Bionow, BioPartner UK and One Nucleus to jointly develop the manifesto and we would like your support to help us move the sector forward effectively – this is your chance to get your voice heard and I look forward to seeing you there.

The government’s former life sciences adviser, George Freeman, MP last week launched a new grassroots campaign called Patients4Data in response to the resistance from certain parts of the press to the government’s initiative. George aims to make sure the benefits of medical data for Research, patient empowerment and NHS outcomes transparency are properly communicated to media, Parliament and public. You can sign up to support the campaign on its website.

I was pleased to see that a partnership including BioNow and the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst has received funding from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Mentoring Challenge Fund. The partners will work with entrepreneurs and small biosciences companies over the next year, coaching them through important developmental steps. More information about their bespoke mentoring for the life sciences sector is available on the SBC website.

For my next webinar on 27 February I have the pleasure of having Caroline Briggs, Managing Director, Amici Procurement join us for an in depth analysis on how with Amici Procurement Solutions and the BIA business solutions programme, we can help your business grow effectively. Registration is available now. In advance of the webinar, Caroline has written a blog on the “Five deadly sins of purchasing” which provides an snapshot of various purchasing perils facing many of today’s biotech organisations.

Finally, we have posted the photos from our recent Gala Dinner on our blog. See if you can spot yourself.