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Recession

Wait and see – What is the possible impact of a potential recession on investment?

There seems to be an air of resigned acceptance permeating the board rooms when it comes the possibility of a recession. But what sort of recession are we looking at ...
James Francis - Gaido Scientific

Launch, Strengthen and Accelerate in 2022

Sue Rees in conversation with James Francis James Francis enjoyed a highly successful 20-year career in sales in the scientific instruments sector, rising to business unit VP for a multi-billion ...
Joe Price - Evolutor

The Passion in Building a Green and Sustainable Biological World

Sue Rees In Conversation with Joe Price Joe Price is the CEO, co-founder and commercialisation lead for early-stage biotech spinout Evolutor. The fledgling company has developed technology that streamlines and ...
Attracting top talent at c-suite level

Finding and Retaining Top Talent in 2022 – The C-Suite Executive Search War- Zone

If it was difficult to find a job in the last couple of years, there is now a huge flip side to this, being described by some as a “war ...
reciprocal science

The business of visual communication for science

Sue Rees In conversation with Michal Barski of Reciprocal Space Dr Michal S Barski is the co-founder and director of Reciprocal Space, a visual science communications studio in London that ...
toxic work cultures

Toxic work cultures and how to fix them 

As more people experience stress-related illness and burnout, a contributing factor can often be a toxic workplace.  Toxic workplaces and work cultures are sadly on the rise, and employees don’t ...
plunge

Taking the Plunge! 

Sue Rees in conversation with Mike Davies Dr Mike Davies MD, FRCRS, FRSPSG is the founder and CEO of Manchester-based Carocell Bio. This startup biotech firm is developing novel peptides ...
Responding to the anti-vaxxer problem

The route most logical – Responding to the anti-vaxxer problem

The anti-vaxxer phenomenon is possibly one of the most contentious issues surrounding the recent pandemic and the medical community in general. As we have all seen, it can cause a ...
In conversation with Mike Karim

What Does it Take to be One of the UK’s Coolest HealthTech Start-Ups?

Sue Rees in conversation with Mike Karim Mike Karim is the CEO of Oxford Endovascular, an exciting spin-out company from the University of Oxford. They are pioneering work in the ...
successful boardroom review

What does a successful boardroom review process look like in 2022?

The boardroom culture is changing. I doubt anyone thinks the forbidding and remote director stereotype still exists in a modern business environment, but that does not mean that the boardroom ...
In conversation with Infinitesima

If You Can’t Measure it, You Can’t Improve it

Sue Rees in conversation with Peter Jenkins Peter Jenkins is the CEO of Infinitesima. Based near Oxford, it’s a privately owned company founded in 2001, as a spin-out of the ...
female-led

What is the Investment Barrier for Female-led Start-Ups?

As the number of female-led and female-founded start-ups grows year on year, why is it so difficult for them to find investment? It’s a question that I found myself thinking about a few weeks ago, so in ...
In conversation with Tony de Fougerolles

Fever Pitch – Advice on how to make your biotech business attract more investors than you need

Sue Rees in conversation with Tony de Fougerolles The global pandemic has thrown up challenges for businesses worldwide, and some sectors reported difficulties in attracting the right (or any) investment ...
In conversation with Chris Busby

When the going gets tough

Sue Rees in Conversation with Chris Busby ICE Oxford was founded in 2004 by Chris Busby and Paul Kelly to design and manufacture specialist Ultra-Low Temperature (ULT) and High Magnetic ...

When it comes to founding your startup, should you go it alone?

This is a conundrum faced by many startup founders. Is it best to forge your own path or find a co-founder who shares your dream and vision and can partner in your ...
virtual work

Founding a Start-Up when the world went virtual

Like so many of us, I enjoy face to face Networking meetings as I have always liked to personally meet and engage with people – both to grow my own ...
In conversation with sue rees

Bringing Common Sense to Tech Company Boardrooms

Tips for start-ups and early growth companies from a hugely successful serial entrepreneur I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Kevin Smith, a fellow Swansea native and fascinating business ...
Prismea

Starting a Company a Month Before Covid Hit

Sue Rees in conversation with Mark Preston Mark Preston is the CEO of Prismea, a biotech software development company that was founded in January 2020 - just a month before ...
When it comes to being a Start-up founder – Does age really matter?

When it comes to being a Start-up founder – Does age really matter?

There is a wide belief that in order to be an entrepreneur and a start-up founder that you also need youth on your side. When you think about recent entrepreneurs, ...
SUE REES IN CONVERSATION WITH SARAH HAYWOOD

Commercialised Science is a Team Sport

Sue Rees in conversation with Sarah Haywood Sarah Haywood is the Managing Director of Advanced Oxford, a not-for-profit membership group for innovating and disruptive businesses with strong ties to Oxfordshire. ...
Leadership in the Post-COVID19 workplace

Leading in the Post-COVID19 workplace

It is almost 12 months ago that I wrote an article about post-pandemic leadership. At the time, we were thinking about how to come out of lockdown, rebuild and start ...
In Conversation with Sebastian Johnson

Oxfordshire Innovation and Investment

Sue Rees in conversation with Sebastian Johnson Sebastian is a stalwart of the Oxfordshire business and innovation scene. With over 35 years of experience running his own businesses and working ...
Investing In Start Ups – Part 2 – How can you find and secure your investment

Investing in Startups – Part 2 – How can you find and secure your investment?

In part one of our blog last month, we explored the impact of the COVID pandemic on venture capitalists and other investments for startups over the last 12 months. In ...
In conversation with Dylan Jones-Evans

Why small businesses and startups need to work together to boost their post-covid recovery

Sue Rees in conversation with professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE I recently had the great pleasure of chatting with Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on ...
Investing in Startups – Part 1: Are investors Still Investing?

Investing in Startups – Part 1: Are investors Still Investing?

2020 has been a destabilising year for startup founders. The COVID pandemic locked the world down, bringing business to a standstill and the threat of a global recession loomed. Venture ...
In conversation with Glenn Croker

When Good Business Makes Good Science

Glenn Crocker of BioCity talks to me about building a life sciences incubator from scratch, the impact of Covid-19 on the sector, and advice for new startups Sue Rees in ...
Looking forward to 2021

Looking forward to 2021

When the clock struck midnight on 31st December 2019, and we welcomed in the new decade, whoever thought 2020 would turn out the way that did? No matter where we ...
In conversation with Sue Rees

Keep Calm and Carry On

How Oxford University Innovation and its portfolio businesses have risen to the challenge of Covid-19 Sue rees in conversation with Simon Gray, Head of Marketing at Oxford University Innovation Ltd ...
When your Boardroom is ready for a refresh

When your Boardroom is ready for a refresh

Over the last decade and into this one, startup businesses have come of age. Some will remain as small operators, but for many, the ultimate goal is to “scale up” ...

What does the future hold for University Spinouts?

Universities in the UK are some of the very best in the world when it comes to research. Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, to name but a few. Importantly, however, ...
Does Biotech Leadership have a glass ceiling?

Does Biotech Leadership have a glass ceiling?

A Growing Industry Sector The Biotech industry is one of the fasting growing sectors at almost 10% CAGR and is predicted to be worth over $750 billion by 2025. In ...
When will a COVID vaccine become widely available?

When will a COVID vaccine become widely available?

Fantastic news emerged on the afternoon of the 20th July that the vaccine being developed jointly between Oxford University and AstraZeneca had been confirmed to be safe and induces an ...
origami boats with blue boat at front

Post-Pandemic Leadership – Is this a time for the brave and the bold, or do leaders need a different skillset?

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed demands on leaders that are above and beyond anything that they may have expected. For many, it has been the ultimate leadership test. Leadership Challenges ...
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Beating COVID-19 the Oxford Way

As early as 2018, The World Health Organisation added a “Disease X” to its list of disease threats that could cause a global pandemic. “Disease X” would sit alongside other ...
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OUR CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

I’ve been working with life science, pharma and biotech CEOs to build their board teams for over 20 years, and it’s at this level that most of the challenges and ...
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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE LONGER-TERM IMPACTS ON THE SECTOR?

Some companies are already seeing the enforced changes in working practices they have had to adopt having beneficial long-term impacts. “Social distancing and flexible working have actually had a positive ...
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WHAT WAS THE IMPACT OF COVID19 ON THE BIOTECH, PHARMA AND LIFE SCIENCE INDUSTRIES?

It’s fair to say that everyone has been impacted, but what was fascinating to me was that some I spoke to had been able to adapt and move quickly and ...
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WERE WE PREPARED FOR COVID19?

Needless to say, most people I spoke to were keen to avoid talking about political responses! However, it was clear that many felt that preparedness had two components - physical, ...
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THE SCALE OF THE COVID-19 IMPACT

When I asked people if they were surprised by how much of a worldwide impact COVID-19 had had I received a similar response from many. Clinically, the appearance of a ...
Biotrinity

WHAT HAS THE IMPACT BEEN FROM COVID-19 FOR THE PHARMA, BIOTECH & LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY?

In the 20 years I’ve been based in Oxfordshire I’ve seen the county turn into a major hub for science and technology in the UK. Not only has the research ...
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Burnout in the C Suite

In 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recognised burnout as a chronic medical condition, and with over 60% of board-level executives reporting feelings of high anxiety and stress on a ...