Driving collaboration and innovation
The network meets quarterly and attracts businesses and key stakeholders from the region and across Scotland and the UK.
The network meetings deliver high-quality insights into sector business-critical topics. Speakers are leaders in their fields and have included senior representatives from businesses, CPI, Innovate UK, BioCity Group, Scottish Life Sciences Industry Leadership Group, the NHS and academia.
With more than 160 life sciences professionals attending the events, there is a fantastic opportunity to meet with your peers, share experiences, learn from each other and become part of this growing industry network. The ONE Life Sciences Network meetings are amongst the highest attended in the sector in Scotland.
The knowledge shared by sector professionals broadens horizons, inspires new ways of thinking and provides access to practical support to all in the network.
High profile speakers have included Ian Campbell, interim executive chair of Innovate UK, Dave Tudor, co-chair of the Scottish Life Sciences Industry Leadership Group, Jamie Coleman, co-founder of CodeBase and UltraHuman, and Professor Siladitya Bhattacharya, head of the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen.
ONE has co-created and staged two major life sciences summits in Aberdeen in partnership with The Times and Sunday Times Scotland, and supported by the University of Aberdeen.
In February 2020, the inaugural Scottish Life Sciences Summit included keynote speakers Nobel laureate Sir Greg Winter and Dr John McCafferty. The pair were co-founders of Cambridge Antibody Technology in 1989, which became the UK’s biggest biotech success story and sold for more than £700 million in 2006. They discovered Humira, the world’s biggest-selling drug with annual sales of circa $20 billion. More than 140 life scientists from industry, academia and clinical backgrounds attended the one-day summit. Speakers and panel discussions covered the region’s collaborative environment, strengths in biologics, showcased innovative Aberdeen-based life sciences companies, explored finance and investment for the sector, and heard clinical perspectives on the application of biotherapeutics.
Life sciences innovation, investment and impact were the focus for the second life sciences summit in Aberdeen, held in March 2022 and attracting sector leaders from across the UK. More than 130 innovators and entrepreneurs, academics and researchers, clinicians and healthcare professionals, and venture capitalists and investors attended the summit. Keynotes, panel discussions and showcase sessions explored the latest biotech and healthtech developments, funding and investment for company growth, and what is coming next for this high-value sector regionally and nationally – including the opening of the transformational ONE BioHub in Aberdeen in spring 2023.
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