The 2015 'Biobeat' report identifies 50 inspirational women in bio-business in the UK who are challenging the status quo to bring better health to people around the world. The report includes women in companies, research, hospitals, finance and advisory roles who are acknowledged for 're-setting our imaginations' for what can be achieved. One PhD and two Master's in Bioscience Enterprise programme graduates feature on the list, all of whom are recognised for their roles as young leaders who are already inspiring the next generation and making a global impact.
Dr Julia Fan Li (MBE) currently leads Seven Bridges Genomics company’s efforts to build self-improving genomes. In 2013, Julia helped launch the pioneering $108 m Global Health Investment Fund that focuses on accelerating biomedical innovation in vaccines, drugs diagnostics and devices for diseases which disproportionately affect poor countries, and that has invested in tuberculosis, cholera and onchocerciasis.
Ipshita Mandal (PhD) is Head of Business Development at Bactevo, where she leads the business development strategy for the company’s TarGET platform that generates multiple mutant libraries from microbes in nature, conducts phenotype-based microfluidic screens and feeds in bioinformatics and in silico modelling to discover, select and produce natural product drugs for intractable disease targets. Ipshita is also the Co-Founder and President, Global Biotech Revolution, a student-led global biotechnology think tank for intergenerational debate.
Magda Papadaki (MBE), Lead Technologist for Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapies with Innovate UK runs the £8 million 2015 UK competition in Regenerative Medicine to fund business-led discoveries, as well as enabling infrastructure that will help UK companies progress their innovations to investable propositions. Magda worked previously at the MIT Centre of Biomedical Innovation on the 'Adaptive Licencing' global policy reform and at Novartis, where she led the Consumer Health Regulatory Affairs in Greece and Cyprus.
Others named in the Biobeat list include three MBE teaching contributors Dr Fiona Marshall, Chief Scientific Officer of pharma company Sosei and its subsidiary discovery company Heptares, Dr Beatriz San Martin, Partner in law firm Fieldfisher and Dr Vaishali Khamat, Head of Digital Health at Cambridge Consultants Ltd.