Innovation is literally the life-blood of our sector and at this year’s CEO Investor Forum, we explore current and future innovations, creating an ecosystem that inspires and supports innovation, and potential barriers in the context of a new international landscape for innovative life sciences.

Our ‘pre-Forum’ roundtable will look at Innovation, diversity and talent in the life sciences – focussing on key issues facing innovative life science companies with regards to people and talent strategies, and the essential role that diversity plays in terms of innovation culture, company performance, and in attracting and retaining the very best talent.

The first panel of the main conference considers Disruption, Innovation and Societal Change – what the future holds for biotechnology companies and the technologies and social imperatives that will change our industry.  Led by PwC and featuring Gerard Brophy (CTO, GE Healthcare), Dmitry Kaminskiy (Founder, Deep Knowledge Ventures), Jackie Hunter (CEO, Benevolent) and Sumit Jamuar (CEO, Global Gene Corps), this promises to be a fascinating insight and discussion.

The Innovation Showcase will feature presentations by a selection of exciting emerging companies in BIA membership including Healx, Gen2 Neuroscience, EnteroBiotix and NewGene – a chance to learn more about some of the new technologies coming to the fore and meet future stars of the sector.

Innovation is also at the forefront of our panel representing the pharma viewpoint.  Hakan Goker (Senior Investment Director, Merck Ventures), Nerida Scott (VP New Ventures and Transactions, J&J Innovations) and Jane Osbourn (VP, MedImmune) will discuss how they are Pushing the innovation agenda forwards, and discuss recent initiatives and deals in the sector.

Sessions on the Future of funding and Trump’s America will address potential barriers in funding gaps and the US administration’s potentially troubling approaches to research and innovative life sciences.

Click here for a full programme and join us 24-25 May at The Belfry, Milton Common, Oxfordshire for two days of thought-leadership and networking with C-level industry peers, investors and other key sector stakeholders.