This is an event for small to medium companies who are experiencing growth in the life science sector.

The event will be held at the Bee House in Milton Park, Oxfordshire, which has conference and meeting rooms, business lounge, large co-working area, flexible office spaces and a large cafe. Milton Park is home to over 250 different companies with over 800,000 sq ft of lab space. It’s a place where life science companies can grow.

There will be three talks during the session. The first talk will be on the subject of space planning by Bulb Interiors; the second on bioinformatics by Prismea and the third talk will be on life science recruitment tips from SYLO Beyond HR. There will be a chance for Q&A after the talks lead by Su Copeland from the STEM Advisors Group. Followed by lunch and networking.

The lunch has very kindly been sponsored by Bulb Interiors.

Speakers at ‘Growing your lab’ event:

Derek Jones, Managing Director from Bulb Interiors. Derek is the co-founder of Bulb Interiors, Laboratories & Consulting. Derek recognised the value the Bulb team can add to complex laboratory projects a decade before many of their competitors. He built a team with the right expertise, skills, and training to achieve science & technology specialist status in the sector. His primary role is to ensure the success of Bulb’s relationship with the client team, he also manages all pre-contract activity. Having completed numerous laboratory projects, Derek has gained an excellent understanding of a laboratory client needs, emerging trends, and developed a strong network of scientific contacts.

Dr Manisha Kulkarni, Director of Science & Technology from Bulb Interiors. A science & technology professional with an extensive interdisciplinary drug discovery & development research background and high-tech R&D facility design experience. Manisha’s contribution ranges from assessing clients’ research focus & regulatory requirements, conceptualising R&D labs, incubator spaces and advanced manufacturing centres to training internal and external stakeholders in laboratory terminology. Manisha is excited about the explosion of investment and growth in the UK’s ‘knowledge economy’ & the resulting need for compliant efficient & effective spaces and leading Bulb’s specialist role in supporting the sector.

Dr Mark D Preston, CEO Prismea. Prismea helps biotech SME grow quickly – by focussing on your data in all its forms so you can focus on your science. We help you: create novel analytics to support your science; build out cloud infrastructure to automate your pipelines; and evolve best practices to protect your IP, the security of your systems and the privacy of your subjects. Consistently the first win we give our clients is time – giving it back to you to focus on your scientific innovation. Mark has published across human and disease biology, run an NGS lab for the government, held positions at biotech start-ups and in large multinationals – he just loves talking science!

Sally White and Lynsey Willis from SYLO Beyond HR. One of the founding Directors of SYLO Beyond HR, Sally cites her passion in all things related to people and business with 30 years plus experience in all aspects of HR through a variety of middle and board level senior management roles. She currently sits on the OxLEP Business Support Group and is involved in shaping the skills strategy as a member of the Bucks LEP Skills Advisory Board. She’s led on nationwide and international recruitment campaigns, transformational change projects, leadership training and development and is an accredited executive coach.

Lynsey Willis, HR Business Partner with SYLO Beyond HR. Lynsey is commercially minded with a drive and passion to work closely with Executive Teams on key people initiatives such as Change Management, Employee Relations, Organisation Design, Performance Management and Talent Management. With 20-years’ experience working across a number of UK and Global organisations, Lynsey is collaborative in her approach and enable to engage with and influence at all levels of a business.


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