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A vision for Life Sciences in Scotland: Accelerating growth, driving innovation

21st November 2017 @ 9:15 am - 4:30 pm

£149 + VAT

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Life sciences is one of the key growth sectors in the Scottish economy, employing almost 40,000 people and delivering £2 billion in annual economic value – but how do we release its full potential and take it to the next level?

Scotland is already a global life sciences cluster, with more than 700 different organisations based here, and it continues to grow through inward investment and innovation.

Around £300 million has been invested over the past three years by companies including Capsugel, GSK, Johnson Matthey, Piramal Healthcare, Quotient and ThermoFisher Scientific. Wide-ranging innovation – from the smallest SMEs to the largest PLCs – is driving further growth.

The Life Sciences Strategy, launched in February 2017, aims to harness the outstanding achievements of the sector and to create a clear and collaborative blueprint to take the sector through to 2025 – and increase its industrial turnover from £4.3 billion to £8 billion. Developed by the Life Sciences Scotland Industry Leadership Group, the strategy concentrates on four key areas:

* Sustainable production;
* Innovation and commercialisation;
* Internationalisation;
* The business environment

At this conference, significant players in the Scottish life sciences community will examine each of the areas, with a focus on growth, innovation and ambition. How do we create the right business environment for large and small companies to thrive, how do we take products and processes from Scotland into global markets and how do we best harness innovation and commercialisation to drive growth – and how do we do all this sustainably?

This is a major life sciences event bringing all the sector’s key players together.



9.15am – Registration

10.00am – Introduction by the Chair
David Lee, The Scotsman Conferences

10.05am – Welcome
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde

10.10am – A vision for life sciences in Scotland plus Q&A
Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Scottish Government

10.35am – Seizing the opportunity: Scotland’s chance to become a world leader in life sciences
Dave Tudor, Vice-President, Primary Supply Chain, GlaxoSmithKline, and Chair, Scottish Life Sciences Industry Leadership Group

11.15am – Coffee Break

11.35am – Driving sustainable production
Clive Badman, Head of Pre-competitive collaboration, GSK and Industrial Chairman, CMAC

11.55am – Creating the right business environment
Ken Sutherland, President at Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems Europe

12.15pm – Encouraging innovation and commercialisation
Deborah O’Neil, Chief Executive, NovaBiotics Ltd

12.35pm – Taking an international perspective
David Scott, Senior Director, Tepnel Pharma Services

12.55pm – Lunch

1.45pm – Life science and data science: taking a structured approach to scale up your customer base
Alix Mackay, member of Life Sciences Scotland Marketing and Comms workstream and Inbound Consultant for Life Sciences, Quantify.

2.05pm – Discussion Groups, Session 1 (in break-out rooms)

2.35pm – Transition between discussion groups 1 & 2

2.40pm – Discussion Groups, Session 2 (in break-out rooms)

3.10pm – All delegates transition back to plenary session

3.15pm – Feedback from four discussion group leaders (7-8 minutes each)

3.45pm – Panel discussion based on feedback from discussion groups to identify key actions needed to move strategy forward:
Julia Brown, Director Healthcare, Life and Chemical Sciences, Scottish Enterprise;
Scott Johnstone, Chief Executive, Scottish Lifesciences Association;
Dave Tudor, Vice-President, Primary Supply Chain, GlaxoSmithKline, and Chair, Scottish Life Sciences Industry Leadership Group
Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Regius Professor of Medicine and Vice Principal and Head of College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow

4.20pm – Review of the day and next steps
Linda Hanna, Managing Director, Strategy and Sectors, Scottish Enterprise

4.30pm – Close

Exhibitors: The exhibitors will be in the catering area during coffee breaks and lunch.

Roslin Innovation Centre                   We are Quantify
Glasgow University                              GSK
Leyton                                                       Marks & Clerk
Strathclyde Business School           Life Sciences Scotland


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21st November 2017
9:15 am - 4:30 pm


The Scotsman Conferences
0131 311 7233
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Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde
99 George Street
Glasgow, G1 1RD United Kingdom
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0141 444 7000
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