BIA Committee Summit 2021


The BIA’s eight advisory committees are crucial mechanisms for highlighting the most relevant issues facing bioscience companies.

They will meet together virtually (on Zoom or Teams) on 10th February 2021 to reflect on 2020 and share their plans for 2021, as well as inform the BIA’s policy and public affairs activity for the year ahead.

At the end of the event there will be the chance to network remotely using Remo, an event platform that offers a networking lounge like design. We have arranged to send a small drink hamper to those registered to the networking, but please note that it is now too late to send your postal address for that.

We welcome existing committee members and the wider BIA community to join us online. Registration is FREE and will close at 4pm on 9th February.

Click here to register

Access details will be emailed to all registered attendees prior to the event.



Committees Chairs and Vice Chairs virtual breakfast with Board members





Meetings of the following BIA Advisory Committees and groups:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Engineering Biology
  • Cell and Gene Therapy
  • SIAC
  • People, skills and talent working group
  • Parallel LeaP Session


Break and networking

11.45 -12.00




BIA welcome and update

The impact of Brexit and COVID-19 on UK politics in 2021

Sebastian Payne, Whitehall Editor of the Financial Times will consider the way in which the events of the past year, in particular the COVID-19 pandemic and the completion of the UK’s exit from the EU, will shape the political landscape in the coming year.

Sebastian will then lead a panel discussion which will look in more detail at the implications for the future of our sector of the political and policy challenges he has described. 

12.00–12.45 Plenary session: The future for UK biotech and life sciences
Sebastian Payne (Facilitator); Mark Carver, Chair, SIAC; Colin Hailey, Chair, FTAC; Emma Du Four, Chair, RAAC; John Murphy, Chair, IPAC

12.45 -13.30

Lunch and networking



Plenary session: Developing the skills needed for a thriving biotech sector

James Strachan, Deputy Editor, The Medicine Maker (Facilitator); Kit Erlebach, MAC; Helen Delahaye, Vice-Chair, CGTAC; Adrian Ibrahim, Chair, GAC; Tim Brears, Chair, EBAC. Charlotte Casebourne, Vice-Chair, People, Skills and Talent Working Group; Will Milligan, Chair, LeaP Alumni Group

14.15–14.30 Break and networking


Meetings of the following BIA Advisory Committees and other groups:

  • Finance and Tax
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • MAC
  • Genomics
  • Communications Network
  • Parallel LeaP Session


Networking and drinks

Terms & Conditions

This event is free to attend and only open to BIA members.

Data protection
Your full name, company name, job title and email address will be collected and stored by the BIA in line with its privacy statement upon registration.

Your information will be used by the BIA to contact you by email, phone or post with information about this and/or other events, products and services which we believe you might be interested in based on your purchase history with us. 

Your full name, company name, job title, email address and telephone number will also be shared with the following suppliers in order for you to be able to access the different parts of the event:

1. In order to access the networking during the breaks and at the end of the event, we will share your email address with Remo ( You will be sent joining instructions for this prior to the event. When accessing the event you will have the option to enter a display name, a profile picture, your job title, company name and social media links.

Click here for full details of what data will be collected by Remo and how it will be processed and stored.

2. You will be sent a link in order to access the committee meetings on Zoom or Teams

You can find here the Zoom's privacy statement and the Teams' privacy statement here.

3. Boroughbox, the hamper supplier. You can check their privacy policy here. Please note the following:

  • The number of pre-ordered hampers is limited and they will be distributed up to availability.
  • Deadline to provide your postal address to us is 2pm on 2nd February. 
  • We can't guarantee delivery to addresses received after the deadline although we will try to accommodate them.
  • We will not take responsibility for deliveries that failed due to incomplete or incorrect addresses.
  • Deliveries outside the UK are not possible.
  • The hampers we have sourced are suitable for vegetarians. Please note they contain almonds and nuts & cheese biscuits.
  • You will be given a choice of beer and wine up to availability only.

Delegate lists
We might distribute a soft copy of the delegate list to all attendees to facilitate networking. The list might consist of the full name, company name and job title of all registered attendees, but do not include contact details such as email addresses.

We don’t allow third parties to use these lists for promotional purposes.

We take photographs or screenshots at most of our events and they are often used for marketing purposes (e.g.: on twitter, on direct marketing emails, etc).

The data that the BIA will collect from you will be treated in accordance to the above and to our privacy statement. This is necessary in order for you to be able to join our event and is therefore a precondition of service.