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The Board Meeting on Biopharma Boardroom Diversity
Tue, March 28, 2017, 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM BST
Building on the tremendous success of the Liftstream Annual Diversity Conference which we hold in Boston, USA, the event will come to London for the first time in 2017, co-hosted with MedCity. This free-to-attend executive forum will discuss the issue of executive and board diversity in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.
Leadership diversity is an issue which is being discussed by most company board of directors. This event will profile the latest research, best practice and insights for industry leaders. We will openly debate the business performance and cultural advantages of diversity, including how it can improve innovation, strategy and financial returns; enhance human capital management, and mitigate organisational risk. The forum will also seek to draw out creative solutions to address diversity in the sector. The event is a fully inclusive event and we welcome participation by company directors, executives and leaders from across the life sciences sector.
Keynote Speaker: Margot James MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility
3.00 - 3.30pm – Event Registration and Networking
3.30 – 3.40pm – Welcoming Address - Karl Simpson, CEO, Liftstream
3.40 – 3.50pm – Keynote Speaker - Margot James MP
3.50 – 4.30pm – Panel – Surveying the UK’s Diversity Landscape: Policies and Programmes...Action to Embed Lasting Change
Margot James MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, Denis Woulfe - Partner and Co-Chairman of Deloitte, Co-Chair MACA and Board Member of Women's Business Council, Pavita Cooper, Steering Committee Member of 30% Club, Chair of CMI Diversity Research Advisory Board, Funder of More Difference. Dr Elena Doldor, Assistant Professor in Organizational Behaviour, School of Business and Management Queen Mary University of London and Senior Research Fellow - Cranfield School of Management, Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE, Entrepreneur and Steering Committee Member of the Parker Review.
4.30 – 4.45pm – Expert Presentation to the Board - Prof. Isabel Fernandez-Mateo - Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School
4.45 – 5.00pm – Coffee Break
5.00pm – 6.30pm – ‘The Board Meeting’ (main panel)
Under the direction of a Chairperson, a gender balanced board of leading industry executives will debate the value of diverse leadership. The board's agenda will tackle the most prominent questions in the three following areas:
• Investing, Venture, and Management
• Boardroom Process and Governance
Dr Annalisa Jenkins - CEO of Dimension Therapeutics and non-executive director of MedCity, Ardelyx, Biothera, and Viventia Bio, Inc.; John Berriman - Chairman at Confo Therapeutics, Depixus, ReNeuron Group, Autifony Therapeutics; Dr Denise Scots-Knight - CEO and Founder at Mereo Biopharma Group, Plc., non-executive director OncoMed and Albireo; Jeanne Bolger, VP Venture Investment, Johnson and Johnson Innovation JJDC, Gerry Brown, Chairman of Novaquest Capital Managment, Author of 'The Independent Director' and former Chairman of Biocompatibles Plc and Director of Quintiles, Roel Bulthuis, SVP and Managing Director at Merck Ventures, Catherine Moukheibir, Chairperson of MedDay Pharma, non-executive director Ablynx, Cerenis and Zealand Pharma, Dr Stephen Bunting, Chairman, Abingworth LLP.
6.30pm – 8.00pm – Networking Drinks Reception and Close
(*Final event timings may vary from the above)
The delegation is restricted to 200 people, so please register promptly to avoid disappointment. Only 30 tickets are reserved for service providers.
Liftstream is an executive search recruitment practice focused exclusively on the global life sciences sector. Our clients benefit from the advanced sector knowledge we possess and the exceptional people we’re able to recruit for them into positions of leadership. Since 2003, Liftstream has been recruiting outstanding people to the unique and complex challenges of life sciences and who have contributed to innovative new treatments improving global health. Our client partnerships always focus on strengthening our clients’ teams. We achieve this through comprehensive searches and rigorous candidate assessments to identify and appoint the person most suited to our clients. Liftstream is committed to equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion. For more information about Liftstream, please visit: www.liftstream.com.
MedCity is a collaboration between the Mayor of London and the region’s Academic Health Science Centres - Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre, King’s Health Partners, UCL Partners and Oxford Academic Health Science Centre.
Launched in April 2014 to promote and grow the world-leading life sciences cluster of England’s greater south-east, it is promoting life sciences investment, entrepreneurship and industry in the region by:
Providing a single front door and concierge service for industry and investors looking for partners, infrastructure and expertise
Facilitating and supporting collaboration across all parts of the sector to turn innovations into commercial products and services
Fostering an environment that supports and encourages entrepreneurialism
Raising awareness globally of the region’s rich life sciences ecosystem
It is supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Mayor of London and ERDF, and works with the region’s academic, research and NHS institutions, as well as local enterprise partnerships and the Mayor’s official promotional organisation London & Partners.