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January Bionow Newsletter

1 February 2016

Bionow News & Events


Bionow is delighted to welcome 5 new member companies
We look forward to working with Centre for Process Innovation, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition, O'Neill M&C Ltd and Piramal Healthcare (UK) Ltd. By joining Bionow and working together our members will be recognised as part of a vibrant and driven cluster. If you wish to find out more about the exceptional benefits and opportunities available as part of Bionow membership, please contact Mary Roberts on 07850 600284 or at

International Payments Partner: Money Mover
Money Mover is committed to reducing foreign exchange and international payment costs for SMEs. The Money Mover platform is transparent and simple to use, and maintains the safety and security of your funds at all times.  Access great foreign exchange rates no matter what your size or turnover and Bionow Members benefit from a discounted all-inclusive fee which varies from 0.9% to 0.45% depending on the size of your transaction. Visit Money Mover or email

Student Placements and Projects - Plan ahead for 2016
Now is a great time to identify projects that you want to complete in 2016 which suit students’ availability in Spring/Summer 2016. If you would like to find out more about student placements or internships please contact or call 07766 991932.

Bionow Members’ Workshop ‘What the media can do for you, and what you can do for the media’
Location: The Scott Partnership, Holmes Chapel

Bionow Members Workshop. Make the most of your membership by accessing this exclusive workshop offered by The Scott Partnership

Durham University School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Research and Innovation Showcase - Wednesday 20th April
Location: Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

With a focus on the areas of Biomedical Enabling Technologies, Biomarkers and Developing Therapies, this FREE one-day meeting is an opportunity for Industry to engage with leading academics to promote and facilitate collaborative links with Durham University.




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Sygnature Discovery’s group invests in new start up, Peak Proteins
BioCity-based Sygnature Discovery has invested in new start-up company, BioHub-based Peak Proteins.

BioClinics sets sights on £2m turnover target
Testing firm BioClinics has its sights set on European expansion as it pursues plans to become a £2m-turnover business within the next three years.

Diurnal raises £30m with IPO
Diurnal, a specialty pharmaceutical company has raised almost £30m through an initial public offering (IPO) on the AIM stock exchange.

Dechra agrees veterinary pharmaceuticals swoop
Dechra Pharmaceuticals has bought veterinary pharmaceuticals specialist Brovel in a deal that could be worth more than £4m.




An exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs in life sciences to pitch at an event led by HRH the Duke of York
Sponsored by AstraZeneca, Pitch@Palace is keen to encourage innovative science ideas and support start-up businesses and will be hosting a pitching event for the North of England at Alderley Park on 2nd February 2016.

Win free lab space for up to 6 months
Based at Sci Tech Daresbury, I-TAC (Innovations Technology Access Centre) provides access to flexible, fully equipped biology, wet chemistry and materials laboratories for ambitious new companies. If your business could benefit from up to six months free access to our laboratories, to accelerate technology development please enter our I-TAC Challenge Competition.

Businesses urged to tap into science and technology young talent
Businesses are being urged to benefit from the technical knowledge and fresh ideas of leading students. Internships are sought for students studying a range of technical subjects at Lancaster University.

LBIH Bio-Incubator and Biobank open for business
The Liverpool Bio-Innovation Hub (LBIH) offers a unique and beneficial advantage to SMEs looking to grow their businesses in the biomedical sector.

Hiring skilled workers from outside the EU - have your say
Some firms in the digital and science sectors have reported difficulties in being able to recruit workers from outside of the EU as a result of the government’s immigration rules.

Catapult Ventures appoints Dr Gareth King as Investment Manager
Catapult Ventures has announced the appointment of Dr Gareth King to its new GM&C Life Sciences Fund where he will be Investment Manager.

Avacta appoints chief commercial officer
Biotechnology business Avacta Group has appointed Philippe Cotrel as chief commercial officer.

Deepbridge Capital appoints Head of Life Sciences
Chester based tax-efficient investment specialist Deepbridge Capital has announced the appointment of Savvas Neophytou as partner and Head of Life Sciences.




Job posting free of charge to Bionow Members
Members of Bionow can upload their latest job opportunities onto the Bionow website free of charge. For further information please contact Helen Williams at

SRG - Bionow Preferred Recruitment Provider
SRG is the UK's leading supplier of scientific, clinical, quality, regulatory, technical and engineering staffing solutions to the broad based science community. Having pioneered the scientific contract market in 1990, SRG's offering expands from providing traditional contract and permanent recruitment services through to bespoke out-sourced resource solutions.

Members - Advertise Jobs with New Scientist
An exceptional offer for Bionow Members – advertise your job vacancies with New Scientist for just £999 for a quarter page mono ad plus online listing - a 75% discount on normal rates.  To claim, call the New Scientist sales team on 020 8652 4444 and quote ‘Bionow Member’.

Actavis Biologics - Current Opportunities
Actavis Biologics Ltd (an affiliate of Allergan plc.) is the Global Centre of Excellence for Biologics Drug Substance Development. We are seeking passionate and committed people who relish the challenge of bringing new medicines to a global marketplace.

MedImmune - Current Opportunities
As one of the world’s premier biotechnology firms MedImmune's mission is centered on delivering potentially life-changing products that advance world health.

Qiagen Manchester Ltd - Current Opportunities
At the forefront of the molecular biology revolution. Qiagen's Sample & Assay Technologies achieve breakthroughs based on the building blocks of life – DNA, RNA and proteins.

Intertek Group - Current Opportunities
A career with Intertek offers rewarding opportunities to help companies around the world develop products that are used safely by millions of people every day.

Cobra Biologics - Current Opportunities
Cobra Biologics is a leading international contract manufacturing organisation of biologics and pharmaceuticals for pre-clinical, clinical and commercial supply.

CY Partners - Current Opportunities
An independent specialist consultancy, providing the best technically-skilled candidates in the Chemicals, Pharmaceutical, Life Science, Electronics and High Technology sectors.

R & D Chemist - Liverpool ChiroChem Ltd
Seeking a highly talented synthetic organic chemist with experience in the areas of asymmetric catalysis and/or total synthesis.




Invest in Liverpool Life Sciences Social Event, Tuesday 2nd February
Location: Pen Factory, Hope St, Liverpool

Join us for an informal social where as well as catching up with colleagues; we can share with you how Invest Liverpool is working to promote Liverpool’s life sciences and hear your views on what more we can do to support your sector.

BIS Consultation Workshop on Innovate UK/Research UK, Wednesday 3rd February
Location: Manchester

The Department for Business, Universities and Skills (BIS) is organising a series of workshops across the country to enable businesses to have their say regarding the formation of a new body Research UK, to work across the seven Research Councils.

Life Sciences Trade Mission to India, 7 - 11th February
Location: India

India is amongst the top 12 biotech destinations of the world and is expected to reach US $10 billion, by 2020.

Adopting MedTech for Patient Benefit 2016, Thursday 11th February
Location: International Centre for Life Conference Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne

This event will enable the MedTech sector to engage with clinical and academic expertise to better understand the evidence required by the NHS for the adoption of medical technologies.

Engaging with Industry, Friday 12th February
Location: The Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle

The purpose of the day is to provide a forum for Industry to meet with Newcastle University staff involved in the delivery of early phase clinical research.

Practicalities of ‘Omics Conference, Monday 15th February
Location: Kings Road Centre, Newcastle University

Newcastle University’s annual Scientific Facilities Conference focuses this year on four Scientific Facilities and their related subject areas of: proteomics; high-throughput screening; bioinformatics and genomics.

Life Sciences in Birmingham; supporting business growth - Wednesday 2nd March
Location: Birmingham Research Park
The BioHub Birmingham, DLA Piper and KPMG are delighted to invite you to this seminar. Businesses at a conceptual and early development stage may find the content of particular interest.

University of Sunderland: KTP Networking Event, Tuesday 8th March
Location: Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL

This event aims to connect the most successful, innovative and nationally recognized academics of our University to your business. Industry Leaders will be attending the event as part of our existing network to meet with our University experts for groundbreaking collaborations.