The BIA advocates extensively in the UK, Europe and beyond to ensure that the interests of our members are represented to key policymakers, regulators and stakeholders. We also work collaboratively with other industry groups, charities and academia to present a unified message on shared issues, as well as the importance and strength of life sciences ecosystem in the UK.
Our policy work is guided and informed by input from our nine Advisory Committees, which are crucial mechanisms for highlighting the most relevant issues facing bioscience companies. Committee members include influential experts from across the sector.
For more information on our policy activity in specific areas you can use the navigation on the left-hand side of the screen.
You can find out more about the policy team below in the who’s who section.
Nicky joined the BIA in December 2018. As Director of External Affairs, she is responsible for leading and coordinating the BIA’s work across the full range of policy, public affairs, regulatory affairs and communications.
She has extensive experience of delivering external affairs strategies for national organisations, including more than a decade of leading on policy and public affairs for businesses and membership bodies in the financial and professional services sector.
Dr Christiane Abouzeid
Christiane has been with the BIA since May 2004. She is a lawyer responsible for regulatory issues concerning the research and development of novel technology products and has been involved in influencing legislative and policy developments affecting the life sciences industry in the EU.
Christiane is the Clinical Trials Topic Leader for EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries.
Previously, Christiane was part of the Biosciences Group at Eversheds, joining shortly after qualification at Llewellyn Zeitman (now Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP). She worked at the European Commission for one year.
Prior to her legal career, Christiane was a research scientist at University College London and Imperial College School of Medicine for over 12 years. She holds a PhD in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Louvain (Belgium).
Martin is responsible for the BIA's policy outputs and public affairs activities, and leads on finance and tax policy and the BIA’s engagement with the investment community. He also provides the secretariat for the BIA’s Finance and Tax Advisory Committee.
Martin has over ten years’ experience in policy and public affairs and has worked at the Royal Society, the Campaign for Science and Engineering, and the Association of Medical Research Charities. Before embarking on a career in policy, Martin completed a PhD in molecular biology at the University of Sheffield, where he also co-founded and was director of an award-winning science communication charity called Science Brainwaves. He has a BSc in molecular biology from the University of Manchester.
Dr Emma Lawrence
Emma joined the BIA in September 2021 as Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager. Her role at the BIA is to lead on health data, AI and genomics policy. She previously led a Cell and Gene Therapy Parliamentary engagement project at cross-party think tank Policy Connect. Emma has spent a decade in the biomedical research sector including as engagement manager at the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre at UCL. She has also worked at Imperial College London on the Immunotherapy Trial Simulation Project. Emma has a PhD in Immunology from the University of Manchester.
Linda joined the BIA in October 2021 as Policy and Public Affairs Manager. She leads on R&D policy, engineering biology and intellectual property.
She previously worked as Policy Analyst at the National Centre for Universities and Business, where she was responsible for sourcing and analysing data on knowledge exchange, R&D, innovation and higher education skills in the UK. Prior to this, after finishing her MA in Global Political Economy at the University of Sussex in 2017, Linda joined IDFC Institute, a public policy focused think tank, as a researcher working on state-level public services delivery and rural health in India.
Rosie joined the BIA in October 2021 as Policy and Public Affairs Manager. She leads the BIA’s policy work on access to medicines, rare diseases and cell and gene therapies. Previously, she worked at a public affairs agency as a Senior Research Consultant, supporting clients from sectors including pharmaceuticals, technology and financial services. Prior to this, Rosie worked as a Management Consultant at KPMG, where she assisted on financial and regulatory projects with corporate clients. Rosie has a BA in Human, Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.
Joe joined the BIA in April 2021 as a Policy and Public Affairs Executive. He graduated with a first-class degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester in 2020.
Outside of work, Joe spends much of his time working to raise awareness of blood cancers and has used his passion of cycling to raise money that will fund research into treatments and cures. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and following his football team Brentford FC.