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First in series of Life Sciences Roundtables held at Bayer offices, Reading

16:51 24 November in Life Sciences & Healthcare, Sectors

A Life Sciences Roundtable, organised by the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, was recently hosted at leading life sciences company Bayer’s stunning offices in Green Park, Reading. A cross-section of representatives from life sciences businesses and academia from across the Thames Valley, including SMEs and major corporate companies, attended this event.

The theme of the roundtable was, ‘How do we ensure that the Thames Valley remains a great place for life sciences companies to do business?’.

Introductions were made by TVCC’s Chief Executive, Paul Britton, followed by a scene setting presentation from EY’s PMM and Fast Growth Leader, David Rutherford on the ‘Opportunities, threats and challenges for life sciences companies in the Thames Valley’.

A number of key points were discussed, including:

  • Skills – attendees highlighted the importance of having flexibility around the workforce.
  • Developing closer links between education and business whilst making greater use of the apprenticeship levy.
  • Improving the ongoing connectivity between corporates and start-up companies.

Paul Britton, CEO at the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, who welcomed the group, commented: “Fantastic response to the first Life Sciences roundtable and there was definitely a strong appetite for the group to continue and develop its remit even further. Over the coming months, we will look at forming a Thames Valley LSH business lead group, that will be chaired by the Chamber, but will allow us to work in close partnership with many of the major companies within the sector that call the Thames Valley their home.”

The event was chaired by Simon Greenstreet, Head of Communications Bayer UK & Ireland, who further added: ‘It was a real pleasure to host the first Life Sciences and Healthcare Businesses roundtable at our UK headquarters in Green Park. The enthusiasm and passion around the table was really inspiring and without doubt, testament to the commitment of participants to address important issues that affect the future needs of the sector – to make sure it remains a key driver of growth at the heart of the Thames Valley.”

The roundtable was preceded by a tour of the Baylab – the first Baylab here in the UK.

The next Life Sciences roundtable is planned for Spring 2018.