Women in Biotech Networking Evening - March

  • 17:45 - 20:30, 8 Mar 18
  • Instinctif Partners, London
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Join us to celebrate International Women's Day at the first Women in Biotech Networking Evening of 2018. Women from across the sector are invited to enjoy an evening of networking, nibbles and thought provoking presentations from our guest speakers. Professor Joanne Hackett and Dr Jelena Aleksic will explore developments and opportunities in the UK’s genomics industry, focusing of the challenges of data protection and implications for the NHS.  Kindly hosted by Instinctif Partners.

We are delighted to have Sue Charles, Managing Partner, Instinctif Partners joining us to chair the evening.

Meet our speakers

Dr Jelena Aleksic

Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Dr Jelena Aleksic is a Geneticist turned Entrepreneur, working to make clinical genetic testing more accessible.
She completed her PhD at Cambridge University in Genomics and Computational Biology, followed by a postdoc position researching the Epigenetics of a rare genetic disorder, Dubowitz Syndrome.
Having learned about the challenges in diagnosing rare diseases, she co-founded GeneAdviser, an online marketplace for clinical genetic tests, to make it easier for doctors to find and order tests for their patients.
She is also a director of TReND in Africa, a charity supporting scientific research in Africa.

Sue Charles

Managing Partner, Life Sciences

Instinctif Partners

Sue leads the global Life Sciences practice of Instinctif Partners, a leading business communications consultancy.
Having been actively involved with the biotech sector for some three decades, Sue is passionate about helping the UK’s strengths in bioscience innovation translate into commercial and investor success. Her global experience spans advising early stage private to large multinational companies, seeing clients through periods of celebration and challenge, and supporting successful financings both privately and on public markets. She has also provided communications counsel to academic and not-for-profit organisations as well as numerous venture funds. She has contributed to initiatives to encourage the development of talent including as a supporter of BiotechYES and as founder of the ‘Career Alternatives for Scientists’ initiative.
A current member of the BIA Board, Sue is an entrepreneur and business leader who has founded and sold three communications consultancies, an experienced CEO of a biotech spin-out and holder of non-executive positions. Sue was named as one of most inspirational women working in Life Sciences in in 2016 and again in 2017.
Sue has a first class degree in Biochemistry from Oxford and an MBA from Cranfield Business School.

Joanne Hackett

Chief Commercial Officer

Genomics England

Joanne is responsible for Genomics England's industry engagement strategy by developing, managing and accelerating relationships with commercial organisations − creating opportunities for collaboration both nationally and globally.

Professor Hackett is a clinical academic, an investor, and a strategic, creative visionair with global experience spanning successful start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Aside from her curious passion for life and positivity, Joanne is known for building innovation, driving personalised medicine and leading through fast paced, complex changing ecosystems and integrations. Joanne's goal is to contribute in bringing the world novel, cost effective and simple health care solutions, and she is particularly keen on building the case for prevention, open science and citizen genomics. She has extensive global experience across academic, business and clinical institutions, and enjoys sharing her experiences with the Boards she sits on as well as companies she provides strategic advice to.

Joanne has been publicly recognised for her relentless pursuit of revolutionising healthcare and has been named the Accenture Life Science Leader of the year 2019, Freshfields Top 100 Most Influential Women 2019, One HealthTech 2018 Top 70 Women in the NHS, Pharmaceutical Market Europe’s 2018 30 women leaders in UK healthcare and BioBeat 2017 Top 50 Women in Biotech Award.

Thursday 8 March 2018

Instinctif Partners
65 Gresham Street



17:45 - 18:30 Arrival, registration, networking

18:30 - 19:30 Talks, discussion, Q&A

19:30 - 20:30 Further networking, drinks


Registration fees

BIA Members - £45 plus VAT

Non Members - £60 plus VAT

Interested in BIA membership? Contact Michael McGivern, Membership and Business Development Manager


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