Media release: The Times and Sunday Times Scotland to host Life Sciences Summit in Aberdeen


THE Times and Sunday Times Scotland is to host its Life Sciences Summit, looking at investment, innovation and impact in the life sciences sector, in Aberdeen later this month.

The summit, held in partnership with BioHub and Opportunity North East, will welcome entrepreneurs, investors and policymakers to the University of Aberdeen’s King’s College Conference Centre, where experts will share their insights into how the sector is improving both lives and livelihoods, on Wednesday, 30 March 2022.

Innovation sits at the heart of the UK’s life sciences sector – from world-class research through to breakthroughs in biotech and health-tech, which are not only improving people’s lives but are also delivering economic impact.

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted how the life sciences sector can deliver results at pace and has fuelled a surge in investment for start-ups and scale-ups.

The UK’s biotech cluster is the third largest in the world and raised a record amount of investment last year, with the growing health-tech industry also attracting record funding.

Summit delegates will have the opportunity to hear from the entrepreneurs behind companies based in north-east Scotland, including biopharmaceuticals pioneer Elasmogen, antimicrobial developer NovaBiotics, and Alzheimer’s researcher TauRx. Investors will explore what sets successful companies apart, while the team behind the BioHub – which opens this autumn in Aberdeen – will explain how the facility will help grow the cluster.

Subjects for discussion will include:

* Life sciences – the nation’s health and future economy
* A golden age of life sciences investment
* The healthtech investment boom
* Company growth and exit

Speakers will include:

* Tom Whipple, science editor, The Times
* Dr. Deborah O’Neil OBE FRSE, chief executive officer, NovaBiotics Ltd
* Dr. Dr Rabinder Buttar FRSE, global entrepreneur and former president, Clintec International Limited
* Dr. Glenn Corr, chief operating officer and chief business officer, TauRx Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
* Dee Dinneen, senior partnerships manager, Kheiron Medical Technologies
* Jason Allardyce, editor, The Sunday Times Scotland
* Mark Bamforth, executive chair and CEO, Arranta Bio
* Jennifer Craw, founding chief executive, Opportunity North East (ONE)
* Dr Ignat Drozdov, managing director, Bering
* Dr. Andrew Keen, Clinical lead for Innovation, NHS Grampian
* Magnus Llewellin, editor, The Times Scotland
* Jessica McCreadie, principle, Octopus Ventures
* Dr. James Mcilroy, CEO, EnteroBiotix
* Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise
* Professor Andrew Porter FRSE, Professor of Medical Biotechnology
* Dr. Martin Turner, head of Policy and Public Affairs, UK BioIndustry
Association (BIA)
* Dr. Clare Wareing, founder and CEO, Cumulus Oncology
* Dr. Tiffany Wood, co-founder and CEO, Dyneval Ltd

Magnus Llewellin, editor of The Times Scotland said: “If we have learned anything from the past two years, it is that life sciences are crucial to our wellbeing and future prosperity. The Covid crisis has made us far more aware of what scientific research and collaboration can achieve and has also
highlighted the sector’s amazing potential.

“The Times Scotland and Sunday Times Scotland have been at the forefront of covering the pandemic and we are delighted to be involved in this exciting event, not least because we recognise the vital importance of bringing people together.

“We bring our readers both online and in print unrivalled quality coverage of news and events from Scotland and the rest of the world, and core to this is the way we report on business and developments in science.

“The incredible work being done in Scotland’s life science sector is of international interest and so we look forward to hearing from our speakers today and reporting on the challenges and successes to come.”

Full details and information about how to register can be found here:


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