Women in Biotech

Connect. Support. Inspire

Women in Biotech is a vibrant network that aims to improve the underrepresentation of women at senior levels in the biotech sector, offering in-person events, an online forum, a range of guidance and a recently launched mentoring programme.

According to the BIA's Diversity and Inclusion in UK Biotech report, there are significant diversity gaps as women make up only 32% of senior executives and 26% of chief executives in biotech. Gender balance is also skewed in scientific posts: women account for 35% of biomanufacturing and engineering roles and 30% in digital and computational occupations. Recognising the gaps is crucial because it helps our sector remain committed to addressing them and making meaningful change. 

BIA is taking concrete steps to support member companies in advancing diversity and inclusion in their own organisations. For start-ups and SMEs in particular, it can be challenging to find outlets through which people can broaden and develop their knowledge of the sector, and connect with peers and potential mentors. Initiatives like BIA’s Women in Biotech Mentoring programme aims to tackle this underrepresentation.


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Women in Biotech mentoring scheme

The second cohort of Women in Biotech Mentoring programme is now closed.

Whether you are in the early stages of your career or C-suite level, this this programme will connect, support and inspire the incredible women across the biotech and life sciences sector. 


Be part of the movement:

BIA's Women in Biotech LinkedIn community brings together women from across the sector, offering a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals both online and in person. It aims to support and encourage women who are currently in, or are pursuing careers in STEM.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Sam Care

Sam Care

Head of Events

Alina O'Keeffe

Alina O'Keeffe

Associate Director, Marketing & Communications


Inspiring the next generation of women in STEM

Through the Women In Biotech network, we share resources and provide learning opportunities as other women share insights and their experiences. Blogs include personal experiences of participants of the Women In Biotech Mentoring Programme and beyond. 


Celebrating diversity and inclusion in the innovative life sciences and biotech industry in the UK

In this interview, Dr Carolyn Porter, CEO, CytoSeek, speaks about her connection with BIA, the impact BIA had on her career and organisation, as well as some of the key achievements of BIA.

 

In this interview, Priya Mande, former Interim CEO, PsiOxus, speaks about the influence BIA had on her career and the life sciences industry, as well as the benefits of being a BIA member. 

 

Melissa Strange, Chief Financial Officer, Brainomix speaks on being the Vice-Chair of the BIA Finance and Tax Advisory Committee (FTAC) and BIA's work to amplify biotechs and life science companies.  

 


Barbara Domayne-Hayman, Entrepreneur-in-residence at Francis Crick Institute and CBO, Autifony Therapeutics talks about the importance of nurturing the next generation of biotech leaders.

 

Dr Carolyn Porter, CEO, CytoSeek, speaks about her connection with BIA, the impact BIA had on her career and organisation, as well as some of the key achievements of BIA.

 

 

 


Ahead of International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March, we have launched the Women in Biotech interview series, celebrating the successes and contributions of women in the life sciences and biotech industry in the UK.

The theme for IWD 2022 was #BreakTheBias, which aims to promote gender equality and a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive society and workplace. First in the series is an interview with Marion Bernard, Chief Investment Officer at Northern Gritstone, followed by Hannah Randles, Innovation Pipeline Manager, LyvaLabs. 

We have also released a new interview with Kath Mackay, Director of Life Sciences of Bruntwood SciTech for British Science Week 2022, which aims to #SmashStereotypes and celebrate the diverse people and careers in science and engineering! 

Deep Biotech: Disruptive innovation for global sustainability

The BIA has coined the term ‘Deep Biotech’ to capture companies working in this biotech space. This report aims to shine a light on some of the innovative companies using engineering biology to positively disrupt the environmentally damaging industries that modern society relies on.

UK biotech financing 2023

Despite the global economic downturn, UK life sciences companies secured £1.25 billion in venture financing, constituting 11% of the total venture capital investment in UK companies this year.

Influencing and shaping our sector BIA update: October 2023 - January 2024

An overview of the BIA's influencing work on behalf of the innovative life science and biotech sector between October 2023 and January 2024.