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It’s ‘back to school’ for many this week as things swing into action following the summer holidays.

Last Friday we held a webinar for BIA and ABPI members and stakeholders to provide an update on the progress of the UK EU Life Sciences Transition Programme thus far. With the final report and a summary now produced, these will now be presented tomorrow to the UK EU Life Sciences Steering Group, including Lord Prior from the Department of Health and David Jones MP from the Department for Exiting the European Union. Following this, we will consider how the recommendations will be shared with members and stakeholders.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the project and how it will progress over the coming months, the topic will be up for discussion at our forthcoming networking breakfast in Stevenage on 29 September, the next BIA CEO dinner on 12 October and the UK Bioscience Forum on 20 October. There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved in the discussion and have your say – visit our upcoming events page for more information and to register for these events and more.

On Thursday we will be holding the next of our member webinars, focussed on cell and gene therapy, with guest speakers Dr Sven Kili and Dr Emily Culme-Seymour from GSK, Michael Hunt of ReNeuron and Dr Damian Marshall from the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult. With emerging technologies and new clinical trials being developed and launched at a growing rate, this webinar will discuss the advances and evolution in this field in the last couple of years. Looking at the development and application of cell and gene therapy, as well as business models and commercial milestones. There’s still time to register here.

Cancer Research UK are conducting a survey to understand more about how they can better support the research community – including industry researchers/companies – the results of the survey will be key in how they shape their engagement activities. To start the survey and have your say, please click here.

Finally, a reminder that the closing date for nominations to the BIA Board will close this Wednesday – send your nominations in to Nick Gardiner ( by close of business, together with a photograph and brief biography.