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Life Sciences in Scotland: Moving Forward Together – To 2025 and Beyond

November 12 @ 9:15 am - 6:00 pm

£149 + VAT

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Scotland’s life sciences strategy has mapped out a pathway to create an £8 billion turnover industry by 2025, based on innovation, quality and collaboration.

This conference builds on the success of our 2017 event, bringing Scotland’s life sciences community together to make connections, discuss challenges and find solutions.

Join the debate to help shape the future of life sciences in Scotland – by moving forward together to the £8 billion target.


9.15am: Registration and refreshments

9.55am: Welcome
Frank O’Donnell, The Scotsman

10.00am: Introduction by the chair
Dave Scott, Tepnel Pharma Services and Life Sciences Scotland Industry Leadership Group (ILG)

SESSION 1: Scotland’s place in the global life sciences community

10.05am: Target 2025: momentum and collaboration
Dave Tudor, Vice-President, GSK and Chair, Life Sciences Scotland ILG

10.40am: Global trends in health and life sciences and what this means for Scotland
Andrew Monro, Head of Life Sciences – UK and Ireland, EY

11.00am: Life sciences and the NHS: stronger together
Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland

11.20am: Coffee break

SESSION 2: Landmarks on the way to 2025

11.40am: Future-proofing talent: a refreshed life sciences skills strategy for Scotland
Stephen Madden, Head, Regulatory ADME and Discovery Sciences, Charles River Laboratories

12.00pm: Medicines Manufacturing – Industrialisation through collaboration
Clive Badman, University of Strathclyde

12.20pm: Precision Medicine as an example of successful collaboration between academia, industry and the NHS
Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Vice-Principal and Head of College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow

12.40pm: The Triple-A: building on Scotland’s strengths in animal health, aquaculture and agritech
John Mackenzie, CEO, Roslin Innovation Centre

1.00pm: LUNCH

SESSION 3: Growth and leadership

1.50pm: Ask not what Life Sciences Scotland can do for you: developing future life sciences leaders
Arelette Priestley, Business Capability Lead, Global Manufacturing, GSK and Elaine Coffey, Operations Director, Syngenta

2.10pm: How to scale up your life sciences business
Dr Mike Leek, Chief Executive, TC BioPharm

2.30pm: Making Scotland a Global Name in Life Sciences
Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, Scottish Government

SESSION 4: Masterclasses: moving your life sciences business forward

2.50pm: Introduction to masterclasses: how we found out what life sciences companies in Scotland need to grow their business
Alix Mackay, Co-Chair, Life Sciences Scotland MarComms Group

2.55pm: Transition to rooms for break-out sessions

3.00pm: Break-out session 1

3.30pm: Comfort break

3.35pm: Break-out session 2

Each delegate will select two of the following sessions, one at 3.00pm and one at 3.35pm.

  • I Want To…get more investment into my life sciences business (Jonathan Lloyd Hirst, Director, Transaction Advisory Services, Life Sciences, EY)
  • I Want To….Learn how to create, structure and manage effective collaborations in the digital era (Carina Healy, Partner, CMS)
  • I Want To….Know how to make the most of the social media opportunity in business (Alix Mackay, Co-Chair, Life Sciences Scotland MarComms Group)
  • I Want To….Make the most of my intellectual property (Richard Gibbs, Marks & Clerk)
  • I Want To…Understand how R&D tax credits can help my business (Jason Dawes, Senior Associate and Dr Alison McLintock, Advisory Consultant, Leyton UK)
  • I WantTo….Learn more about digitalisation and Life Sciences 4.0 (Martin Welsh, Managing Director and Alan Johnston, Technical Business Director, Booth Welsh & Dave Tudor, GSK)
  • I Want To….Develop the very best skills and talent at all levels (Ronnie Palin, Skills Development Scotland)

4.05pm: Coffee break

SESSION 5 – Moving Forward Together

4.20pm:  Panel discussion:
Julia Brown (Scottish Enterprise); Kate Cameron (Cytochroma); Tom Stratford (Kyowa Kirin); Dave Tudor (GSK)

4.55pm: Summary of the day
Linda Hanna, Managing Director, Scottish Economic Development, Scottish Enterprise

5.05pm: Conference close
Dave Scott, Tepnel Pharma Services and Life Sciences Scotland Industry Leadership Group (ILG)

5.15pm: Kyowa Kirin Commitment to Life drinks reception

6pm: Wrap-up of the day (at drinks reception)
Tom Stratford, Kyowa Kirin & Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde

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

EY                                                                                 Life Sciences Scotland
Scottish Life Sciences Awards                          ABPI
Marks & Clerk                                                          Scottish Enterprise
GSK                                                                              Glasgow University
Leyton                                                                         Booth Welsh

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Click here to view our 2017 Life Sciences Post Conference Report

Images from our 2017 event below


November 12
9:15 am - 6:00 pm


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