BioTrinity 2017 - Special update from John Harris, CEO of OBN
A revolution is taking place in the Big-Pharma industry, as they increasingly search externally for innovative technologies to replenish their pipelines. All the major companies are prioritising engagement and partnering with start-up and early stage R&D companies with a view to securing the very best technologies to augment their own research. 

For small companies, partnership with these big players not only offers a source of funding, but also helps them tap into a broader competency base of therapeutic, drug development, regulatory submission, and commercialisation expertise. Nearly one third of new life science products are now developed through alliances.

BioTrinity has always been the premier environment for putting small R&D companies together with a full range of international funders, including angels, VC's, corporates, patient capital, and specialist crowd-funders.

Now, Big-Pharma is essentially competing against these 'traditional' funding sources to secure your collaboration, giving small R&D companies increased leverage and a broader range of opportunities and choice than ever before.

BioTrinity is highlighting this trend in a panel entitled 'Pharma Licensing - Pros and Cons of early stage collaboration / partnering with Big Pharma' where we will explore the benefits of early stage pharma collaboration, verses 'keeping your powder dry' and potentially having a wider range of options downstream.

A huge range of Big-Pharma representatives are anxious to meet with you at BioTrinity, with event sponsorship by Abbvie, Lilly, BMS, Takeda, Pfizer, GSK, MSD, and Sanofi.  This is an unrivalled opportunity to interact with all the major players under one roof.

Partnering opens on the 20th March, so ensure you optimise your chances of meeting exactly who you want to see by registering in advance at and gaining pole position for meeting requests. There are also still some places left to showcase your company to the assembled investors and Big Pharma partnering attendees.

OBN Launches New Website
OBN is pleased to announce that it has launched a completely redesigned website.

Created for us by  BBI Brandboost an experienced multi-skilled team of web design and online marketing specialists based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. 

The new site has been designed to be more engaging and visually appealing.  It also reaches out beyond the UK to Europe and beyond.  It will still contain all the features you have grown used to like  Jobs News  and  Events  but in a way that is easier to search and more attractive to read.

Please follow this  link  and explore all the site has to offer.
OBN BioLearn™: How to Deliver the Perfect Investor Pitch
We are pleased to announce details of our next BioLearn course in Cambridge: 'How to Deliver the Perfect Investor Pitch'.  This is a one day course taking place on 20 April and will provide a practical insight into the mindset, requirements and investment criteria of private equity investors active in the life science industry including business angels, venture capitalists and big pharma investors as well as public funding institutions. 
The following areas will be discussed during the course:
  • Pitch content & structure - converting your business plan into a pitch deck
  • Pitching with impact - improving individual presentation delivery skills
  • Rapport & trust - how to build and maintain when pitching to investors
  • Communication skills - for attracting new investors and maintaining existing investors
  • Express pitching - to sharpen the ability to express the proposition in just a few sentences 
A special rate applies to delegates who are participating in the BioTrinity 2017 showcase sessions. If you would like further information on the showcases or you have a showcase slot booked and would like to book this course, please contact    
Click here to find out more about all of the BioLearn™ courses currently available and for full booking details.

Join us for a drink in Nottingham on Thursday 30 March
We are pleased to be hosting the next edition of our long-running and popular BioThirstday networking evenings at the Pitcher & Piano in Nottingham on Thursday 30 March.
If you are in the area and would like to meet and network with like-minded people from the life sciences industry, then this is the perfect event for you to attend.
The evening is agenda free, the first drink is on us and the then its up to you!   Places are complimentary and you can register for your ticket here.  

Free Intellectual Property Clinic
Get expert advice from our team.

Thursday 30 March 2017
10:00am - 2:30pm
If you have an Intellectual Property query and need assistance, please come to our free IP clinic and talk to Anton Hutter, Catrin Petty or Ashley Roughton of Venner Shipley, in confidence, at:
Milton Park
100A Park Drive
OX14 4RY

To make an appointment, contact Anton by telephone on
01483 685 610 or by email

University of Oxford to Host Two AIMDays on Ageing and Microscopy
The University of Oxford will be hosting two AIMdays, the first on 03 July will focus on Ageing, the second on 17 July will look at Microscopy. It is a no-cost opportunity for companies and organisations to exchange knowledge and ideas with Oxford University academics and clinical researchers. 

AIMdays provide a platform for external organisations to make connections with academia that they may have, in the past, struggled to achieve. In particular, this event will provide an opportunity to access the wide range of excellent research being conducted at the University of Oxford with the aim of bridging the knowledge gap between research and industry.

Companies and organisations interested in attending must submit at least one question. This is done using the AIMdays event portal before 31st March 2017. 

Forthcoming Events

Future events from OBN, our Members and other organisations can be found on our new interactive Events Calendar. 

Click the link below for more information and  to  register.
15 March 2017
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