A vision for Life Sciences in Scotland: Accelerating growth, driving innovation

Date and Time

21st Nov 2017 | 09:15 - 16:30


Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde


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In Scotland, life sciences employs almost 40,000 people in more than 700 different organisations – and adds £2 billion in annual economic value to the Scottish economy.

But how do we take it on to the next level?

Join all the main industry players at this full-day event, to help draw up an action plan to move Scotland’s 2017 Life Sciences Strategy forward. Everyone in the life sciences community needs to be there.

The Life Sciences Strategy, launched in February, aims to harness the outstanding achievements of the sector and to create a blueprint to take it through to 2025. How do we create more jobs, more successful businesses, and add more economic value in Scotland?

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy and Dave Tudor of GSK – co-chairs of the Life Sciences Scotland Industry Leadership Group – will outline the opportunities and challenges.

Industry leaders will then suggest what they think should be done in the four major areas identified by the life sciences strategy:

  • Sustainable production
  • Innovation and commercialisation
  • The business environment
  • Internationalisation and building global markets

After lunch, delegates will be invited to attend facilitated discussions on two of the four key areas. Each discussion aims to identify what actions are needed to best support the future growth of the life sciences industry in Scotland. These actions will be fed back to the main conference hall, and form the basis of a final panel discussion of senior industry leaders.

Confirmed speakers include:

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Scottish Government, and Co-Chair, Scottish Life Sciences Industry Leadership Group

Dave Tudor, Vice-President, Head of Manufacturing Strategy, GSK, and Co-Chair, Scottish Life Sciences Industry Leadership Group

Linda Hanna, Managing Director, Strategy and Sectors, Scottish Enterprise

Clive Badman, Head of Pre-Competitive Collaboration, GSK

Dr Deborah O’Neil, Chief Executive and Scientific Officer, NovaBiotics Ltd

Ken Sutherland, Member of Scottish Life Sciences Industry Leadership Group and President, Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems Europe

Alix Mackay, Member of Life Sciences Scotland Marketing and Comms workstream and Inbound Consultant for Life Sciences, Quantify

Professor Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde

Scott Johnstone, Chief Executive, Scottish Lifesciences Association

Tickets can be purchased via The Scotsman Conferences event page.

To secure your ticket at the discounted rate of £99(+VAT) please apply the discount code SENT.

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