Empowering Women in Biotech

Empowering Women in Biotech

HGF Leeds Office
Tuesday 17th October 2023

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This event aims to unite like-minded individuals working in the biotech and life science sector and women looking to pursue a career in this industry.
Who is it for?
This is an inclusive event and all are welcome particularly: 
Women in academia and the industry who would like to network 
Women who would like to learn about and explore the opportunities available to them

This a great opportunity for academic and industry colleagues to get together,


Key Information

Date: Tuesday 17th October 2023

Location: HGF Leeds Office

Tickets are FREE and available below


  • 09:30 Registration, Coffee & Networking

  • 09:55 Welcome

    Stella James, Executive Director Business Development, Bionow

  • 10:00 Innovation in the region

    Sarah Bowes, Interim Head of Business Support, West Yorkshire Combined Authority

  • 10:15 Women Leaders and their Stories

    Chair: Rigel Moss McGrath, Partner, HGF

    Helen Philippou, Professor of Translational Medicine, University of Leeds

    Ruhksana Quoyoum, Director, AFChemPharm

    Charlotte Blant, Founder, CEO, TIRO

    Marie O'Brien, Co-Founder & CSO, ReNewVax

  • 11:15 Investor insights

    Chair: Lotus Qi, Health & Life Science / Head of Operations, Capital Enterprises

    Elizabeth Young, Senior Investment Analyst, ACF Investors

    Natalia Blagburn, Portfolio Director, Mercia Ventures

    Gemma Sturt, Investment Manager, Pioneer Group

    Olivia Drinnan,Strategic Partnerships Manager, Deepbridge Capital

  • 12:15 Closing Remarks

    Rigel Moss McGrath, Partner, HGF

  • 12:20 Lunch & Networking

Event Partners



Registration will open shortly. For any further queries please contact info@bionow.co.uk



HGF Limited
1 City Walk
LS11 9DX


The HGF Leeds office is located a short 5 minute walk from Leeds Train Station, when exiting via the Southern Exit onto Little Neville St.


Parking is available at the Clayton Hotel next door – details can be found here