The BIA’s Genomics Advisory Committee (GAC) ensures that the UK starts, scales and builds world leading genomic businesses. The Committee acts as a leadership platform for sharing and discussing issues of common concern between genomic businesses and provides expert advice to the BIA to collectively input to relevant policy discussions, especially with the UK government. Committee membership is open to BIA member companies working in –omics.

2020 priorities


  • Grow the committee further and enable SME engagement with big pharma 
  • Continue to build a positive and productive relationship with Genomics England to enable SME access to data
  • Host a panel session at the UK Bioscience Forum


  • Develop more detailed policy positions on genomics for BIA’s lobbying activities
  • Support BIA’s lobbying activities, including Parliament Day, the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy and the 2020 Spending Review
  • Publish a report mapping UK genomics companies and outlining the strength of the sector

Expert advice:

  • Influence other stakeholders in the genomics ecosystem, including the Royal College of Physicians
  • Secure and act as SME representation on UK National Genomics Board

Committee Chair: Adrian Ibrahim Ph.D. MBA ARCS, Head of Technology Transfer and Business Development, Wellcome Sanger Institute 

Committee Vice-Chair: Anthony Finbow, CEO, Eagle Genomics 

For more information contact Eric Johnsson, Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Member list


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.

Cambridge Cancer Genomics

CCG is a precision oncology company providing treatment monitoring for cancer patients to model tumour evolution and predict resistance and relapse.

Cambridge Epigenetix

Aiming to change the way medicine is practiced by reducing several routine and important diagnostic screening tests to a simple blood draw.

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

The Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult was established in 2012 as an independent centre of excellence to advance the growth of the UK cell and gene therapy industry, by bridging the gap between scientific research and full-scale commercialisation.

Congenica Ltd

Congenica is a digital health technology company with the world’s leading clinical decision support platform for accelerated genomic data interpretation. Congenica software enables genomic medicine by integrating genetic data into healthcare, empowering clinicians to provide life-changing answers that transform the lives of individuals, patients and their families.

Eagle Genomics

Eagle Genomics is a bioinformatics services and software company specialising in the provision of genome content management and delivering open-source solutions.

Earlham Institute

Genomics plc

Genomics plc, based in Oxford and Cambridge, specialises in the analysis of complex genomics, genetic, and health data to transform the drug development industry and learn more about human biology.

Global Gene Corp

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.

Instinctif Partners

Instinctif Partners is an international business communications consultancy. The Life Sciences practice focuses on enhancing the value proposition for companies seeking investment, partnerships or customers.

We work with clients to communicate the value of their science and innovation to key stakeholders through the most relevant channels. We offer specialist expertise across corporate, financial, healthcare and marketing communications, covering all communications disciplines including strategic counsel, PR, IR, media relations, public affairs, crisis communications, internal communications, marketing, advertising, copywriting, design, research and event management. Our practice serves clients around the world from our bases in London, Manchester, Munich, Boston, Melbourne and Sydney."


Medicines Discovery Catapult

The Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) is the centre of national, independent expertise for the discovery and proof of new medicines.


LGC is an international science-based company and market leader in analytical, forensic, biotechnology, diagnostic and product services and reference standards.

Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd

Oxford Nanopore makes Nanopore sensing devices designed to enable the analysis of any living thing, by any person, in any environment.


Transcrip Partners LLP

TranScrip Partners is a pharmaceutical development company offering a wide range of expertise in drug development and registration.

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is a pioneering university. A place where world-leading research transforms lives and shapes the future.

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.