BIA Committee Summit 2019

  • 09:30 - 19:00, 14 Feb 19
  • Simmons and Simmons, London
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The BIA’s eight advisory committees are crucial mechanisms for highlighting the most relevant issues facing bioscience companies. We are delighted to invite you to the fifth Committee Summit where our committees will present and update on their 2018 objectives and explain key issues for 2019. Steve Bates OBE, Chief Executive Officer, BIA will provide an update on BIA activities and plans. We welcome existing committee members and the wider BIA community to join us at Simmons and Simmons in London.


08.30 - 09.30: Registration, coffee, networking and parallel Chairs breakfast
09.30 - 11.30: Meetings of the following advisory committees and working groups: Intellectual Property, Engineering Biology, Cell and Gene Therapy,  Manufacturing, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Working Group
11.30 -12.30: Plenary session where Chairs review 2018 and 2019 priorities
12.30 -13.30: Lunch and networking 
13.30 -15.00: Plenary session: The 2019 Comprehensive Spending Review – what can the sector expect?
The Government will conduct a Spending Review this year, which will set out public spending for the anticipated time period of 2019 – 2023. In this session, we will hear from the key civil servants responsible for the different areas of government spending that support UK bioscience and have an opportunity to discuss our sector’s priorities with them.  
Chair: Lord David Willetts
Alex Marsh, Deputy Director of Strategy, UKRI
Melanie Welham, Executive Chair, BBSRC
Richard Hebdon, Head of Health & Medicine, Innovate UK
Heather Hobson, Policy Adviser, Treasury
Steve Bates, Chief Executive, BIA

Mike Batley, Deputy Director, Research Programme, NIHR

15.00 -17.00: Meetings of the following advisory committees and working groups: Finance and Tax, Regulatory Affairs, Science and Innovation, Genomics, Trade Working Group
17:00 -19.00: Networking drinks



Price: Free

You have the option of registering for 2 committee meetings, one in the morning session and one in the afternoon session. You can only register for one committee meeting online, after you have done this, we will then contact you to register you for your second session.

If you are not a BIA member but would be interested in attending this event, please contact Michael McGivern. 

Michael McGivern

Membership and Business Development Manager


Michael is a BSc Biology graduate with four years’ experience in Business Development and Sales roles covering the pharmaceutical and Higher Education sectors. Following University, he worked for a multi-national raw material distributor in the north-west, supplying API’s and excipients to pharmaceutical manufacturers and then moved on to the University of London. Here he managed the tender process for their SaaS products as well as various account management duties for their Not-For-Profit, HE institution and Charity customers.

Having joined the BIA in April 2017, his role is to bring new companies into membership, while developing engagement with current members.