The next LeaP for future leaders – LeaP Alumni Association kicks-off

Following the success of the BIA MAC Leadership Programme (LeaP), last week saw the kick-off of the LeaP Alumni Association.

The LeaP initiative was established to develop senior leaders of the future in the biopharmaceutical and cell and gene therapy industries. To date, 68 participants from 24 companies have joined the LeaP initiative, with each graduating cohort producing ever more enthusiastic future leaders in the early stages of their careers.

The LeaP Alumni Association aims to expand the benefits of the initiative beyond the initial 2 years of the programme, providing graduates with a growing network of past participants and organising opportunities to meet at BIA networking events. The Alumni Association will also aim to provide support for new LeaP cohorts.

LeaP celebrating at bioProcess 2019

As recent graduates of the programme, Will Milligan (eXmoor pharma) and Chris Sadler (AbbVie) will help to establish the LeaP Alumni Association and provide initial leadership. Christina Baklori (PALL) and Luke Cutmore (Oxford Biomedica) will be the first LeaP Advocates. As Advocates, Christina and Luke will be on hand to support the most recent cohorts through their 2-year journey and give friendly advice and guidance when needed.

The LeaP Alumni Leadership Team

The obvious challenge will be to set up a networking association in the age of social distancing! The initial focus of the team will be to support the current cohorts virtually and to promote communication with the current alumni.

Find out more about the LeaP Initiative here: https://www.bioindustry.org/policy/skills-people-and-talent/bia-mac-leap.html