Special Interest Group Presents Valuable and Informative BioTuesday
ITSIG, OBN's Investment and Tax Special Interest Group, recently held a very well attended BioTuesday™ event at the Society of Chemical Industry in London.

Entitled 'An Insight into Investment Incentives for R&D Companies', the Group did an excellent job in delivering an informative and entertaining event, with good interaction with the audience throughout, followed by a lively networking session over drinks and canapés.

The audience heard an overview of the current UK funding environment, with a forecast that funding of life science unlisted companies is likely to run to £600 million by year end, similar to that seen in 2015.

There were also presentations and discussions around:
  • The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), a tax incentivised tool to encourage higher risk, less liquid equity investments
  • Seed EIS for start-ups with smaller financial limits
  • Issues relating to convertible debt
  • R&D tax credits
  • Patent box
  • What investors look for
BioTuesdays are evening networking events which typically feature three or more speakers talking on a topic of business, finance or scientific interest, followed by up to two hours of networking over wine and canapés. These events usually attract between 70 and 120 delegates.

The next BioTuesday is on the 6 December at Gatwick (Worth) and will look at sources of non-dilutable funding and export support, more information here.
Cyber Security Takes Centre Stage
The UK's only event dedicated to laboratory professionals.The Tesco Bank attack, Netflix taken down, even an NHS Trust had to cancel hundreds of planned operations and appointments due to a virus, attacks on systems and data security have been in thye news a lot recently. Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a new National Cyber Security Strategy but can you be sure that your data and systems are secure?
The protection of sensitive data is vital to the continued viability of many life-sciences companies. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your information security is crucial. Too many people operate without getting their systems checked by an independent third-party in the belief that they are not a target or that their protections are enough.

OBN Members can access an Information Security Health Assessment at a discount click here for more details.
Christmas is Coming - Don't Miss Out...

OBN's annual Christmas Drinks evening is always a popular event so don't leave it too late to book. This year we will be at the Assembly Room, Oxford Town Hall on the 14 December. a wonderful and historic setting in the heart of Oxford City Centre.

The evening is a great chance to celebrate and mingle with friends and colleagues from throughout the life sciences industry in an informal festive, yet historic setting. No agenda just the chance for OBN to thank its member network for their continued support and to celebrate the successes from another great year. Click here to book
BioTrinity Panel Discussions Announced
Our panel discussions have been refreshed for BioTrinity 2017 and now include a range of thought provoking, relevant and educational topics that we are sure you will find appealing. Details below:

Panel One: Future Trends: Microbiome and The British Gut Project - This panel will explore the opportunities, threats and overall potential benefits of the study into the human microbiome

Panel Two: Securing Investment from Non-Dilutable Sources - What are the options available and what should your strategy be for securing investment from non-traditional sources

Panel Three: Big Data and Digital Health in the UK - Zero or One? Can Big Data in medicine help build qualitative health profiles and reliable predictive models around individual patients, to better diagnose and treat disease?

Panel Four: Pharma Licensing - Pros and Cons of early stage collaboration with Big Pharma - As big pharma is cutting back on internal R&D and turning to small biotechs for innovative technologies to replenish their pipelines, we will explore why deals work and the pros and cons of early stage collaboration.

Panel Five: Getting the best valuation for your business - this panel will investigate what Investors & Big Pharma look for and what influences the final number.

Registration for BioTrinity 2017 is now l ive, booking and payments can be made   here  
New Venue for Brum BioThirstday
The venue for our first ever OBN BioThirstday networking event in Birmingham will now be The Botanist, a popular botanical haven, centrally located and just a short walk from the station. BioThirstday's are a unique, agenda free networking platform, which allow members of the life science industry to meet, chat, have a drink and forge new business relationships.

So, if you enjoy socialising with like-minded people from the industry and are keen to grow your network and meet new contacts, join us in Birmingham on 24th November - the first drink and nibbles are on us, then it's up to you. Book your place now.
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