The Finance and Tax Advisory Committee (FTAC) guides the BIA’s policies and initiatives to create a supportive financial environment for UK bioscience companies. The committee is the forum where BIA members can directly input into policy development and interactions with Government on finance and tax matters.

Priorities for 2019:


  • Recruit new members to expand the expertise and breadth of the committee
  • Continue to invite guest speakers and host Committee Drinks


  • Lead on engagement with HMT and HMRC on changes to R&D tax credits and entrepreneurs’ relief that could be detrimental to the sector, and on the rewrite of the BEIS R&D guidelines in collaboration with the British Pharmaceutical Group
  • Link with the BIA’s wider investor community engagement to support the Patient Capital Review agenda

Expert Advice:

  • Help BIA members understand new funding opportunities, including the variety of grants available to companies
  • Represent the sector at government meetings and forums
  • Ensure members are informed about the impacts of Brexit on finance and tax matters

Committee Chair: Colin Hailey, Partner, Confluence Tax

For more information contact Dr Martin Turner, Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Member list

BioCity Group Limited

BioCity Group specialises in the creation and development of life science businesses. It provides homes and access to high-end equipment, shared services, training, business support and access to investment for new and growing bioscience businesses.


BTG is an international specialist healthcare company that is developing and commercialising products targeting critical care, cancer and other disorders.

Confluence Tax LLP

Confluence Tax LLP specialises in high quality and cost effective tax advice tax advice for early stage technology and life science companies.


F-star is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing bispecific antibody immuno-oncology products selected for their potential to transform the treatment of cancer.

FTI Consulting

FTI is designed to address the interrelated challenges that can affect an organization’s enterprise value

GE Healthcare UK Ltd

GE is a global infrastructure, finance and media company taking on the world's toughest challenges.

Ingenza Ltd

Ingenza Ltd. is an industrial biotechnology company based in Roslin, Edinburgh, UK. The company has a broad customer base within the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food, feed and fuel industries where it applies its proprietary synthetic biology to manufacture industrial products.

Karus Therapeutics Ltd

Karus is an emerging pharmaceutical company whose R&D activities are focused on the design and development of innovative, molecular-targeted, small molecule drugs to treat immune/inflammatory disorders and cancer.

Osborne Clarke

We are proud of our heritage, but we're firmly focused on becoming the law firm of the future for our clients, and our people.

Oxford BioMedica plc

Oxford BioMedica plc (LSE: OXB) is a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative gene-based medicines and therapeutic vaccines that aim to improve the lives of patients with high unmet medical needs.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons is a full-services law firm with offices across the UK, Europe and Asia offering the very highest level of market intelligence and experience.

ReNeuron Group Plc

ReNeuron are a leading, clinical-stage stem cell business. Our primary objective is the development of novel stem cell therapies targeting areas of significant unmet or poorly met medical need.

Silicon Valley Bank

Silicon Valley Bank provides unique and flexible financial solutions to some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial companies in the world.

Summit (Oxford) Limited

Summit is a UK company focused on the discovery and development of novel drug candidates to treat areas of high unmet medical need.

Syncona Investment Managment Limited

Syncona Investment Management Limited is an evergreen investment company, taking an active role in identifying, supporting and developing technologies with the potential to significantly impact the healthcare market of the future.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Europe) Ltd

Vertex creates new possibilities in medicine. Our team discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapies so people with serious diseases can lead better lives.


Ernst & Young is one of the world's leading business and financial advisers, helping clients to operate efficiently, profitably and successfully. Our UK firm is a multi-discipline professional services organisation providing a wide range of assurance and consulting services to the business and public sectors. We are committed to providing value to our clients and achieving our vision of being recognised as the professional services firm that contributes most to its clients' success.


AstraZeneca is a major contributor to UK science and innovation investment, economic prosperity and to patient health. The UK is home to the organisations global headquarters and major research and development and manufacturing facilities. AstraZeneca invest over £1.3 billion per year in research and development in the UK.

BioScience Managers

Mereo BioPharma Group

Mereo is a UK-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative medicines in rare and specialty areas.

CellCentric Ltd

CellCentric is a drug discovery company focused on epigenetics, a major new area for novel small molecule therapeutics. The company is pursuing novel treatments for prostate, breast and amongst other cancers.

GW Pharmaceuticals Plc

GW Pharmaceuticals was founded in 1998 and listed on AIM, a market of the London Stock Exchange, in June 2001. GW is licensed by the UK Home Office to work with a range of controlled drugs for medical research purposes. The Group's lead programme is the development of a product portfolio of cannabinoid prescription medicines, including Sativex® Oromucosal Spray, to meet patient needs in a wide range of therapeutic indications. GW has assembled a large in-house team with extensive experience in developing cannabinoids, medicines containing controlled substances, as well as plant-based prescription pharmaceutical products. GW maintains in-house control over all aspects of the cannabinoid product development process - botanical research, extraction technology, formulation into drug delivery technologies, clinical trials and regulatory affairs. GW also holds GMP manufacturing licences for the manufacture of pharmaceutical products for both clinical trials and commercial purposes.

Bird & Bird

Recognised as the 'World's Leading Law Firm for Life Sciences' by Who's Who Legal for four consecutive years, Bird & Bird's International Life Sciences group have unexcelled experience.

Wellcome Sanger Institute

The mission of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is to use genome sequences to improve human health by advancing understanding of the biology of humans and pathogens.