How to Remain Competitive: Digital and Financial Masterclasses - Scotland

  • 9.00, 28 Feb 19
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh
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Scottish Enterprise/Life Sciences Scotland and the BIA invite you to a day of masterclasses and networking on 28 February 2019 at the Royal Society of Edinburgh (prior to Scotland’s Life Sciences Dinner & Annual Awards 2019).

The workshops will focus on improving digital and financial strategies to increase business outputs and will feature speakers from key sectors.  A networking lunch will be followed by an update from the BIA, providing an overview of the current climate for biotech in the UK, and issues affecting innovative life science companies and organisations.

Note - contact data will be shared with Scottish Enterprise.


Royal Society of Edinburgh

George Street





9.00     Registration and coffee/tea
MORNING MASTERCLASS: Demystifying digital in manufacturing and supply chain
9.30 Demystifying digital: Introduction
  John Arthur, Pharma Supply Chain Strategy Leader, GSK

John will give an introduction to the day and then go on to share his “idiots” guide to understanding digital, the digital revolution, Industry 4.0, life the universe and everything.  Ultimately the concept is quite simple but does need our attention.

Scott Lawson, Pharma and Life Sciences Director, PWC

Scott will provide an overview of the Digital Framework, some key technology options and appropriate detail of the focus areas from across the P&LS sector. He will also share some considered use case examples.

10.05    Unlock your digital advantage:
  Martin Welsh, Managing Director, Booth Welsh 
  Unlocking your Digital Advantage takes more than just the right technology. It also requires a strong focus on engagement, collaboration and workplace culture. This presentation looks at practical examples of innovation and digitalisation in action which you can use to improve the performance of your plant and people.
10.30    What next, visualising data
  Rob Innes, Director and Michelle Waddle, Marketing Manager, Wyoming Interactive
  Dashboards can have high utility in a manufacturing environment. With a little know-how, these digital tools can help draw information sources together, present data in easy-to-digest formats and ultimately allow for better and faster decision-making. Wyoming will carry out a live demo with manufacturing data.
10.55    Comfort Break
11.05   How and where to start the digital journey
  Gerry Borge and Alastair Semple, SMAS Practitioners, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service
  The Manufacturing 4.0 Review, a free two-day comprehensive assessment which will help you understand where you are now and where you need to be, as well as identifying strategically aligned projects to bridge this gap.
11.30    Panel question and answer session
  During this Q&A session we will be using Slido ( the audience interaction tool, that offers interactive Q&A.  Please download the App in advance and submit your questions, to maximise the experience.
12.30    Networking lunch
14.00    BIA update and finance report
  Steve Bates, CEO, BIA
AFTERNOON MASTERCLASS: Growing your business from start-up to scale-up
14.15    How to successfully fundraise and grow your business
  Michael Roberts, Founder and CSO, Synpromics
  Fiona Dempsey, Director of Scientific Operations, MedAnnex
  Claire Brown, Investment Director, BioCity
  Paul Copland, Partner, EY

The panel will discuss different funding opportunities for Scottish Life Science companies, ranging from grants to later stage VC funding.

It will look at how the Scottish ecosystem differs from the rest of the UK and how Scottish Enterprise can support you in significantly increasing your funding round.

The speakers will draw from their experiences in raising funds or supporting the sector.

15.15    Closing remarks
15.30    Networking 
16.00    Close


Free for members and non-members
If you are having difficulty registering for this event, please email to reserve your place.

Marzia Sguazzin

Events Manager


Marzia joined the BIA in July 2018 as Events Manager and is responsible for running a wide range of membership events while working closely with marketing, business development, content and policy colleagues.

Before joining the BIA, Marzia worked at The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and at IQPC, an international conference company. Her experience spans across events and membership management, database and delegate administration.


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