Welcome to the BIA’s BioStart: e-news for biotech start-ups 

BioStart is a quarterly newsletter explicitly designed for innovative, early-stage, entrepreneurs from the life sciences and biotech industry, where we'll be sharing everything money, space and people!



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Our new LinkedIn network, BioStart, is exclusive to biotech start-ups and entrepreneurs, where you can exchange ideas, seek advice and share insights with other forward-thinking professionals in the industry.

See previous editions of BioStart

24 May 2023

29 June 2023

21 September 2023

12 December 2023

Funding your biotech start-up

You can't do biotech without money, so don't be afraid to reach out to investors early.

Biotech CEOs and founders at the BIA Start-up Festival share insights on how to approach fundraising for early stage companies. They discuss the importance of having a solid business case, the types of investors and different sources of funding available, as well as how to pitch your company to them.

Why networking is important?

BIA has one of the strongest networks in the UK when it comes to life sciences and biotech.

In this video, CEOs and founders of biotech start-ups share their tips for successful networking and explain why attending events like the BIA Start-up Festival is vital for an early stage company in life sciences. They discuss the importance of  peer learning and being known in the community.

Addressing start-up challenges

Biotech start-ups need to communicate their vision to investors.

Janette Thomas, CEO of Five Alarm Bio, Jeroen Verheyen, CEO of Semarion, Aidan Courtney, Chairman of VascVersa, Jonathan Kwok, CEO of Infinitopes and Dan Peters, CEO of MarraBio, share their insights on the different stumbling blocks that biotech start-ups face when talking to investors.

Steve Bates on the expertise within the biotech start-up community

What is great about our start-up community is the size, scale and expertise already within it. The number of UK start-ups is growing.

In fact, the UK accounts for around 35% of all life science start-ups in Europe, largely due to the UK's strong academic research base, world-class universities and supportive government policies.


BIA Start-up Festival 2023 - spotlight on early-stage biotechs

BIA is doing a great job bringing us together so that people can get support from each other and benfits from resources available.

The BIA Start-up Festival 2023 was a great success, with over 150 entrepreneurs and participants from across the UK early-stage biotech and innovative life sciences companies. 


Tips for success when building your biotech start-up

As a founder, be very aware of the market space, especially the earlier you are, the more you need to know.

Funding, mentorship, building a great team, and market awareness are all essential factors in the success of any start-up company. Whether you're an investor or a biotech start-up, BIA is here to help.