Start-up Festival 2024

The BIA are delighted to announce the return of the Start-up Festival in 2024, which will take place  in person in May. 

The event will bring together the best of rising talent in the sector for a day of informative sessions designed to build on your existing knowledge and allow you to learn from peers and established industry experts alike.

Attendees will be able to meet with both peers and potential advisors during the day.

Please note: The Start-up Festival is intended for the leadership of early-stage companies to learn from each other and from invited thought leaders in the sector. In order to ensure a critical mass of startup entrepreneurs, we are limiting numbers of service providers, beyond those sponsoring and supporting the event.

SAVE THE DATE: Registration for this event will open soon. To be notified once bookings are open make sure you are signed up to Newscast.

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Glaziers Hall,
9 Montague Close,

Supporter opportunities

Supporter opportunities will be released closer to the event.

If you are interested in supporting, please email Chloe: [email protected]

Chloe Hartley

Chloe Hartley

Event Manager


2023 Attendees
Director of Venture Development Pioneer Group
Formulation Scientist BugBiome
Researcher Oxford University
Founder Daset Labs
Business Development NHSBT
PhD Student MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences
CEO & Co-Founder ESP Diagnostics Limited
Chief Scientific Officer Extracellular Ltd
CSO & Co-founder Mitra Bio
Skills Consultant BIA
CEO Reciprocal Space
Chief Executive Officer BIA
CEO Exciting Instruments
Director of Research Macular Society
BD Lead, Life Sciences Bruntwood Sci Tech
Business Manager LifeArc
Associate Director Business Development and Commercial Imperial College Health Partners
COO VasoDynamics Ltd
Head of Health Technologies Innovate UK (UKRI)
Chief Operating Officer MedCity
Founder and CEO Fusion Biomed
Head of Events BIA
Head of Strategic Development Valirx Plc
Membership and Business Development Manager BIA
Co-Founder and Director Imphatec
Director, Science and Entrepreneurship Babraham Research Campus
CMC Director Phico Therapeutics Limited
Director Aceae Nutra Ltd 
Co-Founder Innovatrix Capital Limited
Founder and Managing Partner Sciad Communications
IT Business Partner Bridge Partners
Chairman VascVersa Ltd
CSO Exciting Instruments
Programme Manager BIA
COO and Co-founder Phaim Pharma Ltd
CEO Link Biologics Ltd
Investor EDR
Ecosystem Manager, UK & Ireland Kadans Science Partner
Entrepreneur in Residence The Francis Crick Institute
CEO Oxford Medical Products
  SVB Financial Group
Founder/CEO of Woost Ltd (Part of Imperial Incubator) Imperial Incubator
Knowledge Transfer Manager Precision Medicines
CEO and CSO Pebble Biotechnology Laboratories
Business Analyst AirLIMS
MSc Clinical Drug Development  Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)
COO Forcefield Therapeutics
COO Expression Edits
Co-Founder NG Bio
Pharma and Bio-Tech Commercial Manager Promega UK Ltd
Field Application Scientist Precision Nanosystems Inc.
Research Associate  Imperial College London
Associate Prof University College London
Business development associate Simcere Group
CEO Keratify Ltd
Events Manager BIA
Founder Trajecture Ltd
CEO ImmunoServ
CEO Newal R&D Ltd
Founder and CEO Creasallis
Chief Strategy Officer YON E Global
Founder in residence  Deep Science Ventures
CEO Nucleome Therapeutics
COO University of Edinburgh
Co-founder/CEO Verinnogen
Managing director  Kathisto Bio
CEO Cytecom
Doctor Raglan Holdings
CEO Mitra Bio
CEO/CFO JGK Financial Management
Co-Founder NG Bio
Development & Leasing Director Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst
Director Consone AI
Early Asset Strategist Bayer AG
Senior Director Open Innovation and Business Development and Licensing Bayer AG
VP Operations MicrofluidX LTD
CEO Infinitopes Limited
Associate Director, Programme Management Complement Therapeutics Ltd
Consultant Biochemist TTP
Head of Content BIA
Cell Therapy Workflow Development Leader UK and Ireland Cytiva
Associate Lecturer University College London
CEO & Co-Founder VasoDynamics Ltd
Research Scientist  Sixfold Bioscience Ltd
CEO Meticuly
VP of Sales Selvita Limited
Co-Founder Nanograb
Snr Business Development Executive The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre
Senior Scientist ImmunoServ
Academia Ambassador Sartorius Stedim Biotech
Associate Director, Membership & Business Development BIA
Junior Asset Manager Kadans Science Partner
Membership Systems Manager BIA
CEO Sania Rx Ltd
Student, Startup founder Imperial College London
Senior Portfolio Manager UKRI-BBSRC
Commercial Asset Manager Kadans Science Partner
VP  Freeline Therapeutics Limited
Data Analyst BIA
Innovation Lead - Health Technologies Innovate UK UKRI
Associate Director, Marketing & Communications BIA
Head of Health Innovate UK UKRI
CIO Enbiosis Biotechnology Limited
Managing Director Lifelancer
Board Member Novai Ltd
Senior Trade Manager - Life Sciences London and Partners
Project Manager Virtus Respiratory Research
CEO Human Centric Drug Discovery
CEO MarraBio
Research Technician, Synthetic Biology Prokarium Ltd
CSO Stratosvir Limited
Director N/A
Innovation Manager Alderley Park Ltd
SVP Growth Relation Therapeutics
Associate Director JGK Financial Management
CEO The Vaccine Group
Head of Operations Aethon Therapeutics
PhD Candidate London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Co-CEO Inia Biosciences
Project Manager Assistant Forcefield Therapeutics
Commercial Sales Manager Promega UK Ltd
Chief Executive Chairman O2h Ventures Limited
Managing Director Kathisto Bio
Founder & CEO London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Partnership Lead Sixfold Bioscience Ltd
CEO and Co-Founder
CEO & Founder Self-employed
Head of Client Services Bridge Partners
Intern Human Centric Drug Discovery
Head of Strategy & Operations GSK
postdoc Leeds University 
CFO Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst
Founder 1888 Capital 
CEO Five Alarm Bio
CEO Agility Life Sciences
CEO, CSO Vitarka Therapeutics
Commercial Asset Manager. Kadans Science Partner
Director Paratopix Ltd.
CEO Semarion
Founder & CEO Lean Life Science
Managing Director BIA
Engineering Biology & Biotechnology policy officer BEIS
Senior Membership Officer Royal Society of Biology
CEO Ambrose Healthcare
Lead Scientist Human Centric Drug Discovery
Business Development Lead Meticuly
Investor relationships manager CPI
PhD Student The Francis Crick Institute
Business Development Director Syngene International
Advisor and Director EpiCombi Therapeutics