The Scotsman Life Sciences Conference

Date and Time

26th Nov 2019 | 09:00 - 17:00


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh



Join us on November 26th at our annual Life Sciences Conference 2019.

The Scotsman’s Life Sciences Conference is the annual meeting for this growing sector. This year’s event will provide the opportunity for life sciences enterprises in Scotland to showcase their expertise, make new connections, find new partners and gain new insights to grow their business.

Join like minded professionals in industry, academia and healthcare at this annual event and see the opportunities we have in Scotland to become leaders in innovation and realise our ambition.

This year the event will be taking place at The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and our Early Bird Tickets are now available for a limited time only.


8.30am    Registration and Networking Breakfast

9.45am           Welcome by Chair – Alix Mackay

9:55am Keynote by Dave Tudor, Co-Chair of the Life Sciences Scotland Industry Leadership Group

Co-Chair Dave Tudor discusses leveraging the Innovation, driving momentum and realising the ambition.


10:15am – Key Drivers of Growth for Scotland – Paul Copland, Life Sciences, EY

Paul Copland discusses how investment and funding remain a key priority / challenge for LS enterprises in Scotland with 30% of survey respondents saying they need to access >£1m this year. Massive gap between golden triangle and RUK. What are the critical success factors to accessing >£1m that we can replicate in Scotland?  What other key drivers of growth can Scotland leverage?

10:35am NHS Scotland: the best clinical research lab in the world – Andrew Fowlie, Lead for Health Social Care and Industrial Innovation

  • Initiatives and programs available to test and adopt health innovations
  • Reality check on what it required to get an innovation adopted by the NHS and to demonstrate value to the NHS
  • Navigating regulations and data protection

10.55am          Coffee & Networking              

11.10am         Life Sciences in Scotland – Showcase from 9 organisations

4-5 minute presentations from SMEs and life sciences organisations in Scotland that showcase innovation and facilitate new collaborations

12.10pm          The Minister’s keynote address, Ivan McKee MSP

Summary of the morning and what this means for Scotland

12.25pm          Lunch & Networking


1.25pm            Business Momentum Workshops (Includes Coffee & Networking) 

The sessions are one hour in duration, and delegates can choose the three sessions most relevant to their situation. Each session will provide a combination of insight and practical guidance from two or three experts and case examples from the field.

Securing higher levels of Investment

  • Insight and advice for securing higher levels of investment in life sciences from venture capital investors, Epidarex Capital
  • Shared experience from Elaine Ferguson of Scottish based 3FBio on successfully securing a £6m of Series A Round

Funding Innovation 

  • Guidance on how to maximise the R&D tax credit and Patent in a Box opportunities from experts at Leyton 
  • A case example from a small life science business on the role winning a funding competition can have on generating momentum for the business and opening doors for investment along with tips for success

Increasing your presence in the market

  • Best practice in using online marketing in life sciences to increase presence in the market and accelerate sales performance from Alix Mackay of The Life Science Marketing Academy
  • A case example from a small Scottish life science business that demonstrates how the use of low to zero budget online tactics can attract more visitors to the company website, generate leads for the BD team and enable the company website to rank on page one of Google 
  • Guidance and expertise on engaging with the press and the role of PR agencies to increase presence in the sector from former BBC journalist, communications consultant, John Macgill 

Nurturing the Talent Pool

  • Insight into the biggest opportunities for staff professional development based on findings from Skills Development Scotland’s skills gaps analysis in life sciences
  • A case example of the role of work-placed learning in the form of apprenticeships in attracting high-potential employees and nurturing talent within the business 

Healthcare: Innovation to Adoption 

  • A case example from Aberdeen’s Prof Alison Murray of realising the potential of the Data Safe Havens and working in collaboration across industry, academia, government and the NHS to identify and solve a healthcare challenge
  • Insight and guidance from the Scottish Health Technology Group’s Ed Clifton and Medtronic Director, Mark Cook, on the factors critical to NHS adoption including support from the SHTG for evaluating new healthcare innovations
  • Advice and guidance from legal expert in the life sciences sector, Carina Healy of CMS, on setting up successful collaborations across multiple parties 

Elevating the business with Digital & Data 

  • Insight and advice from Michelle Waddell and Rob Innes of Wyoming on the role of data capture and management in elevating the business and finding new opportunities to add value in the market
  • Insight from digitalisation experts Clive Badman and Brian Petrie of DTG and Martin Welsh of Booth Welsh on the role of digitalisation in life sciences business and how SMEs can adapt to ensure they keep up with large clients in the supply chain 

Advanced Therapies in Life Sciences supply and manufacturing 

  • With over 150 companies in Scotland involved in the pharmaceutical supply chain, this session will be led by the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre and will explain the key technologies that are being developed at the site as a result of the first two grand challenges and the implications on the sector.  
  • The latest insight into the next round of grand challenges and the opportunities for collaboration this can provide. 

The Living Lab 

  • This workshop will outline the QEUH campus ambitious plans to drive precision medicine led innovation and implementation.
  • The panel will describe how the Living Laboratory will support growth ambitions, why the Living Laboratory is an attractive proposition from inward companies and how the vision matches with government policy


5:05pm        Closing Keynote and Drinks Reception with Dave Tudor

Leave the day on a high, the massive opportunities we have to grow and to lead, the impact the audience will make to Scotland.

5.30pm            Close


We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 26th November at The Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh.

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