How to remain competitive: digital and financial masterclasses – Scotland

Date and Time

28th Feb 2019 | 09:00 - 16:00


George Street




Scottish EnterpriseLife Sciences Scotland and the BIA invite you to a day of masterclasses and networking on 28 February 2019 at the Royal Society of Edinburgh (prior to Scotland’s Life Sciences Dinner & Annual Awards 2019).

The workshops will focus on improving digital and financial strategies to increase business outputs and will feature speakers from key sectors.  A networking lunch will be followed by an update from the BIA, providing an overview of the current climate for biotech in the UK, and issues affecting innovative life science companies and organisations.

Note – contact data will be shared with both BIA and Scottish Enterprise.


Royal Society of Edinburgh

George Street




9.00    Registration and coffee/tea

Morning masterclass: Demystifying Digital in Manufacturing and Supply Chain

9.30 Demystifying Digital: Introduction

              John Arthur, Pharma Supply Chain Strategy Leader, GSK

John will give an introduction to the day and then go on to share his “idiots” guide to understanding digital, the digital revolution, Industry 4.0, life the universe and everything.  Ultimately the concept is quite simple but does need our attention.

              Scott Lawson, Pharma and Life Sciences Director, PWC

Scott will provide an overview of the Digital Framework, some key technology options and appropriate detail of the focus areas from across the P&LS sector. He will also share some considered use case examples.

10.05   Unlock Your Digital Advantage:

              Martin Welsh, Managing Director, Booth Welsh 

Unlocking your Digital Advantage takes more than just the right technology. It also requires a strong focus on engagement, collaboration and workplace culture. This presentation looks at practical examples of innovation and digitalisation in action which you can use to improve the performance of your plant and people.

10.30   What Next, Visualising Data

              Rob Innes, Director and Michelle Waddle, Marketing Manager, Wyoming Interactive

Dashboards can have high utility in a manufacturing environment. With a little know-how, these digital tools can help draw information sources together, present data in easy-to-digest formats and ultimately allow for better and faster decision-making. Wyoming will carry out a live demo with manufacturing data.

           10.55   Comfort Break

11.05   How and where to Start the Digital Journey

Gerry Borge and Alastair Semple, SMAS Practitioners, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service

The Manufacturing 4.0 Review, a free two-day comprehensive assessment which will help you understand where you are now and where you need to be, as well as identifying strategically aligned projects to bridge this gap.

11.30   Panel Question and Answer Session

During this Q&A session we will be using Slido ( the audience interaction tool, that offers interactive Q&A.  Please download the App in advance and submit your questions, to maximise the experience.

12.30   Networking Lunch

14.00   BIA update and finance report

Steve Bates, CEO, BIA

Afternoon masterclass: Growing your business from start-up to scale-up

14.15   How to successfully fundraise and grow your business

Michael Roberts, Founder and CSO, Synpromics

Claire Brown, Investment Director, BioCity

15.15   Closing remarks

15.30   Networking

16.00   Close

Cost: Free for members and non-members

To find out more and register for this event, please click here. 

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