UKBSF_2014_600_300It’s that time of year again – as we enter October and the seasons swing into Autumn, our award-winning UK Bioscience Forum is now only two weeks away. For those of you yet to register, and to whet the appetites of those who have, we’ve listed five key reasons you’d be mad to miss this year’s offering…

  1. Hear from Minister for Life Sciences, George Freeman

This year’s keynote speaker will be George Freeman MP. The last time the Minister for Life Sciences addressed the BIA was at our Parliament Day in June. With the next key date for our industry being November’s Comprehensive Spending Review, hear an update from George and get his take on this year’s report with EY, which will be exclusively launched on the day.

  1. Be the first to read this year’s State of the Nation report with EY

Our State of the Nation 2014 report showcased a return of strength and confidence to the UK sector, forecasting a banner year for 2014 with the UK raising significant capital, a healthy product pipeline and the return of IPOs. Find out if our expectations were correct as BIA Chief Executive Officer, Steve Bates and Executive Director, Assurance Services, EY, Ian Oliver, discuss the key takeaways from this year’s report and cast their predictions for the future of the sector as we look to build the third global cluster.

  1. Get ahead for 2016

As we approach the closing months of the year, the forum provides an excellent opportunity to get ahead for 2016, with a programme packed full of sessions on the latest developments in the sector. Hear which areas of new technology and innovation bioscience leaders expect to attract continued investment in 2016 – from stock market sweetheart immuno-oncology to novel DNA technologies. Discover how Genomics England and Public Health England are harnessing the power of Big Data to improve health outcomes. And find out the important IP issues set to face the bioscience industry in 2016, including the Nagoya protocol, supplementary protection certificates and the parenting of personalised medicine. Confused? Key IP and legal experts can explain!

  1. Partner with key members of the community

With the event set to attract over 300 industry professionals, the UK Bioscience Forum is the ideal setting to make new contacts, build relationships and develop your business. Following previous years’ success, 1-to-1 partnering will return this year. The day will feature four hours of 10 minute partnering slots, and meetings can be arranged using the structured partnering system. Who’s going to be there? See who attended last year’s event for a flavour or register now to add your name to the list and start partnering!

  1. Celebrate sector success

With the expansion of the Catapult network set to transform the UK’s capability for innovation, the response of Public Health England to the Ebola outbreak, and more companies receiving Biomedical Catalyst funding, there are certainly some sector success stories worth celebrating. Hear from Innovate UK, PHE and successful BMC funding winners before rounding of the day at the Autumn Reception, where the BIA Board and staff invite you to join them for an evening of networking and drinks.

Of course, for those of you unable to attend, we’ll make sure you’re kept up-to-date on Twitter (@BIA_UK) or by following the #UKBSF hashtag.

UK Bioscience Forum – Building the third global cluster’ will take place on Thursday 15 October at the Royal College of Surgeons, London.