Women in Biotech Networking Evening - March
What does it take to build a good Board?
Join us for an evening of networking and learning, a chance to meet fellow women within the sector and learn from different experiences.
Women from across the sector are invited to enjoy a great evening of networking, drinks and gripping discussion. you will hear how to build a successful board, what makes a good NED, what it is like to be a NED and what the CEO wants from their board members.
17.45 – 18.15: Registration and networking
18.15 – 18:20: Welcome from BIA and Bird & Bird
18:20 – 18:30: Sarah Shackleton, Abingworth
18:30 – 18:45: Ursula Ney, NED Proteome Sciences
18.45 – 19.00: Denise Scots-Knight, Mereo Biopharma
19.00 – 19:15: Q&A with all speakers
19.15 – 20.00: Drinks, canapes and further networking
Dr Ursula Ney
Dr Ursula Ney has more than 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry including 20 years’ experience of leadership roles in the biotech sector with responsibilities for operations in the UK and the US covering drug development, licensing and partnering. Ursula has extensive experience of working on public and private Boards, both in an executive and non-executive capacity. She was an executive Director of Celltech plc and Antisoma plc and CEO of Genkyotex and is currently a non-executive director at Proteome Sciences plc and a Trustee of the University of Plymouth. Her early career was spent at Sandoz (Switzerland) then Roche (UK).
Ursula has a BSc with Hons in Pharmacology from Chelsea College, University of London, a PhD from the Royal Free Hospital Medical School and an MBA from Middlesex University Business School. She recently obtained an MA in Modern History at King’s College, London.
Sarah Shackelton, Partner, Marketing & Talent, at Abingworth has more than 20 years of experience working with life sciences companies to build their boards and senior leadership teams. Recently, she chaired the Nominations Committee of Wilson Therapeutics and helped recruit the senior executives and board directors for Nouscom, Verona Pharma and Virion Biotherapeutics. Sarah also markets Abingworth to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, expanding its network of key industry executives and entrepreneurs.
Sarah joined Abingworth after managing senior level searches for healthcare and private equity clients, as well as venture capital firms and their portfolio companies, at global executive search firms. Previously, she worked with the pharmaceutical industry as a US trade negotiator and consultant and with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, in a marketing capacity. She has a BA in International Relations from Pomona College, California, and an MA in Public Affairs from Princeton University.
Denise is the CEO and a board member of Mereo Biopharma (MPH), a company focussed on rare diseases which she co-founded in 2015. Mereo is listed on the AIM market of the LSE and recently announced a merger with Oncomed Pharmaceuticals a US NASADQ listed biotech. Denise will be CEO of the combined company. Prior to Mereo, she was Managing Director and Head of the Life Science investment team at Nomura and the Managing Partner following the MBO from Nomura in 2010. Prior to this Denise was an Investment Manager at Rothschild Asset Management following a period in R&D management at Amersham and Fisons and as a senior executive at Scientific Generics. She has served on the board of many European and US private and public companies. Denise has a PhD and BSc (Hons) from Birmingham University and was a Fulbright scholar at UC Berkeley
Bird & Bird LLP
12 New Fetter Lane
BIA Members: £45 (plus £9 VAT)
Non members: £60 (plus £12 VAT)
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