Northern life science delegation heads to Genesis 2016


Leaders of the North’s vibrant life science sector are continuing their drive to showcase   opportunities in the Northern Powerhouse to an international audience.

Led by Manchester Science Partnerships, the UK’s leading science and technology park operator and Bionow, the membership organisation for the life science sector in the North, the delegation is exhibiting and participating at Genesis 2016 in London.

The delegation will fly the flag for the 1,000 life science based businesses across the North, which collectively employ over 38,000 people.

The Genesis 2016 event held at the QE II conference centre, Westminster, attracts more than 700 delegates from across the international life sciences and healthcare sectors. The theme for the 2016 conference is: “The Science, Technology and Business of 21st Century Biomedical Innovation”.

Alongside Manchester Science Partnerships and Bionow, The Northern Powerhouse delegation comprises: the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA); Cheshire East’s Skills and Growth Company, Health Innovation Manchester plus Aptus Clinical and Yprotech, which are both fast-growing life sciences businesses based at MSP’s Alderley Park  campus in Cheshire.

Dr Chris Doherty, Managing Director of Alderley Park, said: “Northern life sciences has a compelling story to tell and after our successful Northern Powerhouse trip to the BIO event in San Francisco this year, it is important that we continue the momentum and Genesis fits this brief.

“We have an outstanding heritage in scientific innovation, great universities, an entrepreneurial spirit, world-class facilities, access to funding and a skilled pool of talent here in the North. In addition, we can also offer a very significant cost savings compared with other UK and European locations.”

Dr Geoff Davison, CEO of Bionow, added: “2016 has been a year of progress for Bionow’s members, as they continue to innovate, collaborate and raise funds. Despite the referendum result, we are very much open for business in the North and we look forward to working with our partners and members to reiterate this message at Genesis 2016.”

Councillor George Hayes, chairman of the Skills and Growth Company, said: “We are pleased to be supporting the Northern Powerhouse delegation at Genesis 2016. It is great to see the private sector working closely with business support organisations and not-for-profit groups like Bionow, to grow our economy and showcase our facilities and attributes. The Skills and Growth Company and Cheshire East are committed to supporting science and innovation as part of our ambitious growth strategy.”

Dr Doherty is speaking at two events this week. On Wednesday, as part of the Genesis fringe programme he is a panellist at an Anglo-Canadian seminar exploring Collaboration, Competition and Funding.

On Thursday he is joining other senior North West life science leaders for a panel discussion on creating ‘21st Century Ecosytems’.

Also speaking are: Dr Neil Murray (CEO of Redx Pharma), Tony Baxter (CEO Cyprotex), Sally Price (Incubation Manager, BioHub at Alderley Park), Claire Brown (Alderley Park Ventures) and Keith Miller (Northern Powerhouse Life Science Lead for the Department for International Trade).