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Agile R&D Leaders Creative Workshop & #BiotechBuddies Bristol

24.06.2019 @ 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Waterfront Meeting Rooms- the Gert Lush Boardroom 2nd Floor,
Waterfront, Welsh Back , Bristol, BS1 4SB
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  • Are you a leader of a BioPharma, Medtech or Healthtech Company

  • Are you interested in meeting with peers to discuss common challenges and to spark creativity?

  • Are you looking to learn from experienced industry professionals?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then this Agile Leader Workshop is for you!

Agile innovation methods have revolutionized information technology. Over the past 25 to 30 years they have greatly increased success rates in software development, improved quality and speed to market, and boosted the motivation and productivity of IT teams.

Now agile methodologies – which involve new values, principles, practices, and benefits – are a radical alternative to command-and-control-style management – These practices are spreading across a broad range of industries and functions including the C-suite in Life Sciences, Healthcare and Digital Health. With advances in technologies, business leaders need to be knowledgeable across a wide range of disciplines – such as multiple science disciplines, new technology advancements, general management, fund raising, human resources, clinical development, manufacturing, regulatory requirements and quality assurances – which is far too much for any one person to understand completely.

As a Business Leader you will benefit from this “Agile” workshop by sharing common challenges and building deeper connections and trust with your peers. In turn the aim is to build your confidence when working in areas normally outside your comfort zone, by learning and having discussions with this “Agile” peer network. You can speak to people in a similar position about issues you may not have opportunity to discuss else where. You can discuss your healthcare and technology challenges with a view of learning from other peoples experiences to help you find a solution or spark an idea. Why let leaders of emerging companies re-invent the wheel to be successful, when we can learn from experiences of others who have faced similar challenges before.

Chatham House Rules apply – “what goes on in the workshop, stays in the workshop – so to speak!”

Our mission is to start by becoming positive activists. To help you build your innovation enabled healthcare business so it is “fit for purpose,” truely innovative and attractive to the global markets. Helping you build solid trustworthy networks with your peer group, and to help spread your creative R&D business network nationally and internationally.

This workshop is facilitated by Prof Tony Sedgwick, the self professed
Tony has an esteemed career in life sciences in academia and in business, he is a trained pathologist. His accolades include once being the Global Head of Clinical Trials at Roche AG, and he has also been CEO of four life science companies, Chairman of over 10 Companies, and many positions within the academic community. He is also an actively training psychologist which is helping him develop his “Agile” community group development passion, and a Jiu Jitsu Grand Master.

We will start this Agile Leaders Worshop on Monday 24 June 2019 from a 1.00pm arrival (with a prompt 1.30pm start). The Gert Lush Boardroom has been kindly provided by Grant Hawley, MD, Digital Circles Technology limited who are experts in Digital Marketing Strategies, and are developing their own technology platform to connect people in the “future work place” economy.

For the Agile Leaders Workshop we limit this to 15 people, the main target being C-level executives of Life science companies. However, this event in Bristol will very much have a Communications feel about it through the support of Richard Hayhurst, Richard Hayhurst Associates, having Mike Ward Chief Editor of Informa plc’s Pharma Intelligence Division which includes world leading titles such as Scrip magazine, In Vivo, Pink Sheet and Medtech Insights. We also have Grant Hawley, MD, Digital Circles Technology limited who are providing the Workshop venue. Digital Circles Technologies are experts in Digital Marketing Strategies, and are developing their own technology platform to connect people in the “future work place” economy. We have a special guest from pharma attending, this is Ananad Guatam who is Head, External Sci & Innovation, Australia, NZ, & Southeast Asia, Pfizer. Adjunct Prof, Uni of Queensland, Australia.

We are also massively appreciative of sponsorship support from Richard Hayhurst Associates (RHA).

Richard Hayhurst Associates provides international pr services for life science companies, research centres and service providers. Current clients range from diagnostics, through therapeutics to digital health. Having moved recently to Bath, Richard is looking to use his previous expertise in profiling hubs such as Scotland, London, Oslo Cancer Cluster and Stockholm-Uppsala to help other put the SouthWest and Wales on the global map!

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This Agile event will be attracting a few of the more established life science experts to be on this “self-help community” workshop joined by the fresh thinking “up and coming” future business leaders. Does this describe you? If so, we would like you to attend, so sign up now as spaces are VERY limited. For the R&D Leaders Workshop we are limited to only 12 places still available at the time of writing this. Feel free to write to me at for more details, or call me on 07970 500 433.

The “Agile” workshop finishes at 17.00, at which time you will be invited to #biotechbuddies at the Riverstation, The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB. The evening will go on to 21.00 with delicious finger foods, drinks and social networking (if you would like that). Biotech Buddies started as a monthly meet up from all areas of the life science community. The London Biotech Buddies has regularly have 50-60 life science professionals attending. For the first event in Bristol we are targeting approximately 30-40 life science and tech professionals, some of which will be regulars from the London, Oxford and Cambridge events, we are hoping to attract some of the Welsh Life Science Community, and other regions of SW England. All the people you will meet will be potentially useful to your buiness. This Biotech Buddies Bristol social networking event from 18.00-21.00 is available to book without the workshop as another seperate listing on eventbrite.

Biotech Buddies Bristol this month includes a 5-10 minute “Drink & Think” interview by Mike Ward, Global Head of Content, Pharma Intelligence, Informa plc., with Richard Hayhurst, and any other professionals who get selected. Mike will be asking questions to these selected experts about “What is the life science landscape like in Wales and the West of England, and what are the future opportunities.”

Our promise to you is this “Agile” workshop will be like no other business workshop you have experienced. You will be walking out of the session inspired, educated and more connected.

If you are in life sciences, and at least a bit curious, then the Biotech Buddies is an occassion not to miss out on…….