Making the Future in Biotech

Published: 30 April 2015

The boldness of women in biotech needs to be on all our radars, advises Miranda Weston-Smith of BioBeat and author of the report “50 movers and shakers in BioBusiness”.

Miranda is asking now for nominations for the 2015 report, which is set to include 20 Rising Stars, the new generation of leaders. The annual BioBeat report highlights 50 inspirational female entrepreneurs, pioneers and advisors across the industry.

Miranda says “Women bring fresh thinking and new business models to biotechnology, which is vital if we are to maintain vibrancy in the sector. The annual report highlights inspirational women and the ways their approaches are transforming this fast-paced industry going forward”.

Miranda was inspired to produce the report when she noticed that although women are represented at all levels in the biotech industry, very few are asked to speak at conferences or are quoted in the media. Cambridge Judge Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) and the Innovation Forum are BioBeat’s partners and are supporting the 2015 report.

Carina Namih, CEO and co-founder of HelixNano is the type of rising star that BioBeat sees as visionary for the industry. Her breakthrough company is developing a technology with applications in drug discovery and gene editing.

Carina comments that she sees the role of CEO as facilitating innovation. She says, “It’s all about bringing diverse experts together with a common language to achieve a shared goal”.

The search has begun for young women in biotech with innovative thinking within research, healthcare, companies, finance and advisory roles.

Nominees should be: - Challenging the status quo to bring better health to people around the world - Women under 40 with at least one tangible biobusiness success.

An expert panel will review the Rising Star nominations. The top notch panel is: Anne Dobrée, Head of Seed Funds, Cambridge Enterprise, Barbara Domayne-Hayman, Chief Business Officer, Autifony, Howard Marriage, Entrepreneur in Residence Crick Institute and Edinburgh BioQuarter and Marek Tyl, Chief Executive Officer, the Innovation Forum.

To make a nomination please contact Miranda Weston-Smith, BioBeat, by close of business on Friday 15 May 2015.

Inspiring the next wave of Bioentrepreneurs and Leaders

Miranda Weston-Smith founded BioBeat to bring fresh energy and growth to the bio sector. As the global biobusiness sector undergoes rapid transformation, it needs new inspiration and one way to bring this about is through successful women entrepreneurs and leaders.

Now approaching its third successful year, BioBeat brings together all bioentrepreneurs with leading women in the biotechnology industry to network and share knowledge about global trends. BioBeat’s partners are Cambridge Judge Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and the Innovation Forum.

The report 50 Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness 2014 was produced with the kind support of Horton International, MedImmune, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer.

To find out more and download a copy of '50 Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness 2014', please visit


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