Addressing London’s Assets and Hurdles in Life Science Sector Development
London trains some 39,000 life science and healthcare-related graduates and PhDs each year. Far exceeding the North West region, its closest comparable. This provides a very exciting opportunity for London’s companies, researchers, HEIs and other stakeholders if they wish to grasp the opportunity.
Leveraging the successful track record of the London Biotechnology Network (www.londonbiotechnology.co.uk) , Career Track will undertake a range of activities to address:
· Skills gaps seen by London’s life science companies when recruiting staff at all levels
· Hurdles faced by London’s life scientists when seeking employment in the life science sector, whether as scientists, in roles away from the laboratory bench and those bio-entrepreneurs wishing to start their own companies.
· Business creation through ensuring London’s bio-entrepreneurs are well connected to the research, investment, professional services and management pools London now has to offer in this sector.
· The Academia-Industry interface will be enhanced through London’s emerging career academics acquiring a better understanding of the issues their potential industrial partners/sponsors face. A properly networked London life science cluster in the proposed here will lead to an increase in the quantity and quality of later interactions at this interface.
· Diversity of London’s life science sector will be targeted through specific goals of engagement with those communities under-represented currently.
Activities of LBN Career Track
The above goals will be achieved through a combination of the following activities that will be delivered by LBN:
· Bio-Business Taster Evenings: Run very much on the model of current Bio-Wednesdays but selecting topics and targeted promotional strategies that provide young scientists and entrepreneurs with the opportunity to acquire the wider skills often deemed as lacking by employers
· Mentoring: rather than recruit researchers onto full training courses, although some may wish to pursue these after an introduction to the sector, LBN Career Track will link those commencing their career paths with industry and academic leaders in their sphere of interest. The target would be that the pair will meet, perhaps over lunch/dinner, a minimum 4 times a year to discuss what additional skills the younger professional should acquire, who else the mentor could introduce them to and general discuss career paths and options
· Employment Exchange: The opportunity for member employers and potential employees to be brought together through exhibition and presentation at events and an on-line section of the LBN web site
· Careers Conference: Together with the key partners, Nature a stand alone conference promoting career choices for life scientists will be developed in London in 2007.
To find out more about LBN Career Track and how you can get involved in one of the most vibrant life science communities in the world, contact Tony Jones on email@example.com.