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Senior Executive Breakfast - How can life sciences organisations attract, nurture and retain graduate talent?

Event Start Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 8:30 AM

Event End Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:30 AM

Event Locations
Milton Park, Abingdon
Cost per place: £0.00

We are delighted to announce our next Senior Executive Breakfast event will be on Thursday 17 September 2019, kindly sponsored and hosted by Ipsen, and will be focusing on:

How can life sciences organisations attract, nurture and retain graduate talent?

In today’s fast-moving business world, new technologies and business methods are being implemented constantly. Graduates play a critical part in introducing new skills, new innovation and new ways of working in an organisation. 

The upstream and downstream flow of learning between graduates and experienced team members are a critical part of staying ahead of the curve and achieving sustainable growth. 

It is important to remember that graduates applying for such schemes are looking for a career, not just an out-of-university job, and this Senior Executive Breakfast will discuss:

  • How can SME’s attract, nurture and retain young talent?
  • How can industry and academia collaborate to ensure that the next generation of scientists are well-developed and stay within the industry? 
  • How can the government and scientific bodies support SME’s in providing industry placements for students

How can Universities work more closely with industry to ensure students are more work-ready, and have a broader multi-disciplinary knowledge?


08:30    Registration, Breakfast & Networking


09:00    Welcome & Introductions

John Harris, CEO, OBN

Keith Foster, VP Neuroscience Advisor, Ipsen


09:10    Keynote Presentations

Khadija Dembélé, HR Director & Talent Acquisition UK/EIRE, Ipsen

Polly Metcalfe, University of Oxford


09:40    Case Study

Alex Batchelor, CEO, Orbit Discovery

Maddy Smee, Orbit Discovery

Kay Humphries, Orbit Discovery


10:10    Round table discussion


10:30    Event closes


The Senior Executive events are open to C-Level executives or similar, and places are filled on an ‘apply to attend’ basis. To register your interest in attending please click on the button below.


OBN Members – Complimentary

Non-Members – £25+VAT




102 Park Drive

Milton Park

Abingdon, Oxfordshire

OX14 4RR


We look forward to seeing you on 17 September. In the meantime, If you have any queries then please email the Events team,