The BIA’s People Advisory Committee (PAC) is currently being revised. The Association is looking to better represent the Skills, Talent and People issues which are applicable to our sector. PAC will evolve accordingly, it may change its name, terms of reference and encompass the skills and talent issues of the industry.  This will progress from January 2018 onwards and the future of this advisory committee will be updated here.

The PAC committee originally comprisesed of HR professionals from member companies and provided a forum for sharing best practice, as well as informing BIA policy surrounding the employment and training of those working in the life sciences sector. The PAC meetings comprised a closed session for corporate members to discuss personnel issues, which is followed by an open session for all BIA members.

2017 priorities:

Talent Development – Update the Management Talent Report with a focus on mentoring. Publicise the report at Committee Summit and via email.

  • Outgoing CEOs/Board members – enable and facilitate the sharing of their knowledge within the industry – particularly important with the age profile of these people
  • Consider how to influence excellent board standards and practice in our industry (consider the topic for a summit, or workshops, or additions to the Management Talent Report)
  • Diversity – generate a paper for gender reporting and also keep wider diversity topic on the agenda – links to item on recruiting diverse board members
  • STEM – link with other Advisory Committees – see how PAC can support their priorities from an HR and skills perspective.
  • Apprenticeships – younger talent, explore and influence the schemes being developed
  • Brexit impact – retaining and attracting people, recruitment cost implications and issues of documentation and general people movement as plans become clearer

Committee Chair: Helen Hughes, HR Director, Allergan Biologics Ltd

For more information contact: Nick Gardiner, Chief Operating Officer

Member list

Allergan Biologics Ltd

Allergan Biologics Ltd. (an affiliate of Allergan plc.) is a state of the art development and clinical manufacturing facility and is a Centre of Excellence for Biologics development.

Astex Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Astex Pharmaceuticals is using an innovative, fragment-based drug discovery platform, Pyramid™, to identify and develop new medicines, primarily for the treatment of cancer.

Autolus Ltd

Autolus is biotechnology company focussed on the development and commercialisation of engineered T-cell therapies for haematological and solid tumours.

Cell Medica Ltd

Cell Medica is a clinical cellular therapeutics company engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of cellular immunotherapy treatments for infectious disease and cancer.

Centre for Process Innovation

The Centre for Process Innovation is a UK-based technology innovation centre and part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Cyclacel is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel, mechanism-targeted drugs to treat human cancers and other serious disorders.

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies is an industry-leading Biologics Contract Manufacturing Organisation with locations in Billingham, UK and Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA.

GE Healthcare UK Ltd

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

Horizon Discovery Ltd

Horizon is a revenue-generating life science group supplying research tools to organizations engaged in translational genomics research and the development of personalized medicines.

Imanova Ltd

Imanova Limited is a world leading imaging centre based at Imperial University’s Hammersmith Hospital campus in London.


LifeArc is the new name for MRC Technology, a medical research charity with a 25 year legacy of helping scientists and organisations turn their research into treatments and diagnostics for patients.

Medicines Discovery Catapult

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

MedImmune Limited

MedImmune is the worldwide biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca with its headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland (US).

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.

PsiOxus Therapeutics Ltd

Psioxus Therapeutics Ltd, is a private Oxford, UK development stage biotechnology company developing novel therapeutics in the field of cancer.

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.

The RSA Group

The RSA Group, the world’s largest Talent Consultancy in Life Sciences, advising on the selection, assessment and onboarding of Board and Senior Executive Talent.

Vernalis plc

Vernalis is a revenue generating development stage pharmaceutical company with significant expertise in taking promising product candidates along a commercially-focused path to market.