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

November 12 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 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.


9.30am: Tea and coffee

10.00am: Welcome
Frank O’Donnell, The Scotsman

10.05am: 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

10.10am: Making Scotland a Global Name in Life Sciences
Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, Scottish Government

10.30am: Global trends in health and life sciences and what this means for Scotland
Andrew Monro, Head of Life Sciences – UK and Ireland, EY

10.55am: Target 2025: momentum and collaboration
Dave Tudor, Vice-President, GSK and Chair, Life Sciences Scotland ILG

11.25am: Coffee break

SESSION 2: Landmarks on the way to 2025

11.45am: Life sciences and the NHS: stronger together: Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland

12.05pm: Future-proofing talent: a refreshed life sciences skills strategy for Scotland
Stephen Madden, Head, Regulatory ADME and Discovery Sciences, Charles River Laboratories

12.25pm: Medicines Manufacturing – Industrialisation through collaboration
Clive Badman, University of Strathclyde

12.45pm: Precision Medicine as an example of successful collaboration between academia, industry and the NHS
Dame Professor Anna Dominiczak, Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Glasgow

1.05pm: LUNCH

SESSION 3: Growth and leadership

2.00pm: How to scale up your life sciences business
Dr Mike Leek, Chief Executive, TC BioPharm

2.20pm: 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

SESSION 4: Masterclasses: moving your life sciences business forward

2.40pm: 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

2.45pm: Transition to rooms for break-out sessions

2.50pm: Break-out session 1

3.20pm: Comfort break

3.25pm: Break-out session 2

Each delegate will select two of the following sessions, one at 2.55pm and one at 3.25pm.

  • 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….Learn more about social media marketing (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 (Leyton UK)
  • I WantTo….Recruit the best talent at all levels

3.55pm: Coffee break

SESSION 5 – Moving Forward Together

4.15pm:  Panel discussion

4.50pm: Summary of the day
Linda Hanna, Head of Strategy and Sectors, Scottish Enterprise

5.00pm: Conference close

5.15pm: Drinks reception sponsored by Kyowa Kirin

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


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November 12
9:30 am - 5:00 pm


The Scotsman Conferences
0131 311 7233


Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde
99 George Street
Glasgow, G1 1RD United Kingdom
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