BioIndustry Association Launches Partnering Conference: BIA UK Bioscience Forum

Published: Jul 26, 2012

26 July 2012 -- The BioIndustry Association has launched a new UK-based partnering conference. The BIA UK Bioscience Forum, on 4 October, will offer a full conference with informative presentations and discussions on the key issues for the UK bioscience sector, a trade exhibition and networking opportunities alongside the partnering.

Steve Bates, BIA Chief Executive Officer, said:

"Our UK Bioscience Forum will provide companies with a UK partnering event to help them build relationships, connect with potential partners and to develop their businesses. The Forum fills a gap in the UK bioscience calendar at the beginning of the last quarter of the year.

"The conference will provide delegates the opportunity to hear about the latest thinking in key areas for their businesses including finance, intellectual property, talent management and manufacturing. I look forward to seeing many companies there on what I am sure will be an interesting and thought-provoking day."

The keynote speakers at the UK Bioscience Forum are Keith Thompson, Chief Executive of the recently established Cell Therapy Catapult Centre, who will discuss his vision and plans for the centre and Professor Brian Smith who will offer his views on the future of the pharmaceutical industry. The conference will be followed by the long-established BIA Autumn Reception.

Nick Stephens, Chief Executive Officer, RSA, one of the Forum supporters, said:

"The BIA UK Bioscience Forum provides a platform for the best and brightest UK companies to come together to exchange information and add value to each other's businesses. Its format encourages collaboration and its delegates create opportunities for success."

For further information, please contact Robert Winder, Head of Communications,, 020 7630 2191; mobile 07825 942 934.

BIA UK Bioscience Forum

The UK Bioscience Forum will be held on 4 October 2012 at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. The event programme, information about the partnering programme, exhibition and Autumn Reception and registration details are available from Early bird registration rates are available until 31 July. The forum is supported by OAMPS, RSA, BBSRC, Edwards Wildman, Health Diagnostics Laboratory, Potter Clarkson and Stratagem IPM.

BioIndustry Association

Founded over 20 years ago at the infancy of biotechnology, the BioIndustry Association (BIA) is the trade association for innovative enterprises involved in UK bioscience. Members include emerging and more established bioscience companies; pharmaceutical companies; academic, research and philanthropic organisations; and service providers to the bioscience sector. The BIA represents the interests of its members to a broad section of stakeholders, from government and regulators to patient groups and the media. Our goal is to secure the UK's position as a global hub and as the best location for innovative research and commercialisation, enabling our world-leading research base to deliver healthcare solutions that can truly make a difference to people's lives. For further information, please go to

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