Women in Biotech - Cambridge

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Thursday 23 September 2021 | 6PM - 9PM 

Returning as an in person event, our first live WIB since March 2020 will take place at the beautiful University Arms in Cambridge - we are looking forward to bringing the WIB community together again and also to welcoming new faces.

At this event we will be focussing on the challenges faced by women from minority groups as they establish themselves and become leaders in the life sciences. We’re looking forward to hearing personal stories and gaining some professional tips from our fantastic panel of incredible women in biotech – in addition we’ll discuss how the sector should respond in terms of increasing inclusivity and developing diverse talent pools.


Frances Cousins



Frances is an operational leader with 20 years’ experience in the NHS. As a board member at Cambridge University Hospital for 11 years, she has a deep and broad knowledge of the challenges facing hospitals, having held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer at a major teaching hospital.

She led the first implementation of EPIC in the UK, a major technology-enabled transformation programme securing clinical leadership of and engagement in these initiatives. Comfortable in the ward, clinic or boardroom, Frances is a credible operational and technology leader who understands the cultural, process and behavioural aspects of complex organisational change enabled by technology.

Sabrina Fleurimé

Drug Development Scientist and Corporate Partnership Director

BBSTEM (Black British in STEM)

Sabrina Fleurimé is a drug development scientist who has been working in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 5 years. During her time at AstraZeneca she met Kayisha, the founder of BBSTEM (Black British in STEM), and later decided to join the non-profit organisation. As the corporate partnership director, she is actively interacting with actors in the STEM field to bridge the gap between talents and opportunities.

Dr Ruchi Sharma

CEO and Founder


Ruchi is CEO and founder of Stemnovate limited, and a qualified veterinarian who specializes in physiology, pharmacology & biotechnology. Recognized as one to watch entrepreneurs in the health industry in 2020 and among top 50 leading female scientists in the UK and among top 14 in Cambridge in healthcare in 2017.

She successfully led a million pound Innovate UK funded grant project and recently raised over a million investment for commercialisation and business expansion. She is leading a fast-growing company and creating opportunities for new employment ensuring equality and equal opportunity. She supports women in science and reducing animal research.

Qun Yang

COO & Co-Founder

Biorbyt Ltd.

Qun is a Cambridge-based female entrepreneur and studied for MPhil in Therapeutic Sciences at the Queens’ College, Cambridge University. She is co-founder of Biorbyt Ltd, a Cambridge headquartered biotech company manufacturing and supplying bio-reagents to life science communities. Qun has been the driving force of the e-commerce system, branding strategy, and international expansion of Biorbyt. Qun started her professional career as an auditor with Deloitte and then worked for Goldman Sachs and later Deutsche Bank. Qun is a qualified chartered accountant and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She is also a holder of other prestigious qualifications, including Chartered Financial Analyst and Financial Risk Manager.

Qun has first-hand experience in working with China. She studied for BSc in Finance and Economics at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and learned to speak fluent Shanghai dialects. She is the founding president of the SUFE European Alumni Network and in 2013 she established the research lab in Wuhan and has been managing it since then.

As a mother of two and a successful female entrepreneur, her story was featured in Economica magazine. From 2017 to 2018, Qun was an associate at the Cambridge Judge Business School and was appointed as the Executive Director of the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre at the CJBS.



University Arms
Parker's Tavern
Regent Street

Transport: Situated in the heart of Cambridge, University Arms is just a short walk from the railway station and under an hour from Central London.

Costs and T&Cs

BIA members - £30 +VAT
Non-members - £40 +VAT

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We are regularly monitoring changes on government regulations around events. All delegates will be asked to provide a negative covid test result (taken in the last 24h) or proof of full vaccination closer to the event. Alternative or additional precautions like the wearing of masks inside the venue might also be considered and requested.

If you have any questions or problems registering, please contact Sam Care - SCare@bioindustry.org 

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