4th July 2017 17:30

We are pleased to announce details of our next OBN BioTuesday event that we are running in collaboration with Penningtons Manches at Oxford Business Park on 4 July. Our theme for discussions will be: ‘Devising an efficient roadmap for early stage & start-up companies to maximise value and the chance of success' This is a broad reaching and extremely useful topic of discussion that is designed to guide and support start-up and early stage companies.

We will be joined by several thought-leaders on the night who will share their insight into why a robust and well thought out roadmap is essential in realising your vision. Speakers will focus on the following areas, sharing knowledge, insight and some interesting case studies along the way: Intellectual Property – How it is important to protect your knowledge and have a measured and integrated IP strategy in place as early as possible, including the pros and cons of patents vs trade secrets. Business Planning – What are the key first steps when establishing a business, is your business unique and are you addressing unmet needs in the market place? We will look at the importance of developing a robust business plan in order to support growth, attract investment, and where to look for help when you most need it Team and Board – We will discuss why appointing a strong board, both exec and non-exec is critical to attracting interest from analysts and securing funding from investors Partnerships and networking – We will look at how to best launch your company out of an incubator; how can you minimise risk at this early stage and the importance of networking and collaborating”

Agenda: 17.30 Registration and networking 18.00 Welcome and introductions from: Jim Kinnier Wilson, Partner at Penningtons Manches John Harris, CEO at OBN (UK) 18.10 Keynote presentations: (15-minutes) Chris Shelley, Partner at Penningtons Manches, will speak about the importance of protecting your knowledge and having a measured and integrated IP strategy in place. Chris specialises in intellectual property and commercial law and is particularly known for his work in the life sciences, publishing and engineering sectors, and for universities, research councils and their spin-out companies. (15-minutes) Dr Colin Story, Co-Founder & CEO of OxSonics, will speak about the importance of working with a strong, committed and talented team and why appointing a board who are in-line with your company’s roadmap is integral to achieving success. Colin has over 20 years’ experience in the industry, initially at Amersham plc, then from 2005 at Isis Innovation where he recruited and directed a Business Development team that managed over 200 medical science innovations emanating from Oxford University. In 2011 he moved to OrganOx as COO where he handled all operational and contractual aspects of the business and from 2014 he co-founded and became Executive Director and CEO of OxSonics. (20-minutes) – A speaker from OUI,will join us and address the importance of developing a robust business plan in order to support growth and attract investment. Oxford University Innovation manage the University's intellectual property portfolio, working with University academics and researchers who wish to commercialise their work. (10-minutes) John Harris, CEO of OBN (UK), will speak about the importance of networking and the opportunities that currently exist in the industry; he will also address the pros and cons of partnering at an early stage in your company’s development. 19:10 Panel discussion and Q&A, chaired by Jim Kinnier Wilson, Partner at Penningtons Manches 20.00 Networking over drinks and canapes 21:00 Evening close

Venue: Penningtons Manches 9400 Oxford Business Park Garsington Oxford OX4 2HN Tickets: OBN Member – first ticket complimentary, additional ticket – £25+VAT Non Members – £50+VAT

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/obn-biotuesday-devising-an-efficient-roadmap-for-early-stage-and-start-up-companies-to-maximise-tickets-35200262934

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