Search Begins for UKs Most Promising Bio-Entrepreneurs

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ED Consulting teams up with BioCity Nottingham and Greater Nottingham Partnership to run the UK's first Bio-Entrepreneur School in February 2007.

Turning bio-scientists into business gurus is the long-term goal of the UK's first QED Bio-Entrepreneur School which will run from 26th-28th February 2007 in Nottingham, UK. Just 30 free places are available on this three-day intensive programme for bioscientists and biotechnologists whose product or service shows commercial potential. Interested applicants from across the UK can log onto http://www.bioentrepreneur.co.uk to find out what they need to do to be considered for the school, the first of its kind.

QED Consulting, the specialist business consultancy, has developed the School which will be delivered by seasoned entrepreneurs and business professionals. It is designed to help delegates explore their entrepreneurial potential, develop essential enterprise skills and overcome confidence barriers to starting in business in this very specialist sector.

BioCity Nottingham, the healthcare and bioscience innovation and incubation centre, will host the school and already supports a distinguished community of bio & pharma businesses. PetScreen, the provider of canine cancer diagnostics and directed chemotherapy treatments benefits from the facilities and support provided by the centre. Chief Executive Dr Kevin Slater never expected to turn entrepreneur, but when the opportunity arose to commercialise some of his earliest research, he didn't hesitate. "Technology is never a product; it must be simplified and made accessible, and given that success doesn't come easily my advice to any entrepreneur is to stick at it," he said.

Dr.Glenn Crocker, chief executive of BioCity believes that an environment conducive to networking and building potential partnerships will give the aspiring Bio-Entrepreneurs a head start: "Many of our tenants have found ways of collaborating, especially where complementary skills are needed to make a venture work. Of the 30 people who attend in February, I have no doubt several will stay in touch as their ideas develop."

Martijn Mugge of QED Consulting has developed and delivered a range of entrepreneur schools across the UK since 2001, most recently the Enviro-Entrepreneur Schools in London and the West Midlands: "Our search and selection for the Bio-School will be wide but rigorous. We want bioscientists in the healthcare, medical, agriculture, marine and industrial areas, whether pre-start or early stages, to consider joining us if they want to develop their business potential."

All elements of the School, including handouts are funded by the Greater Nottingham Partnership and the East Midlands Development Agency. Venue, meals and refreshments are covered by sponsors and the only cost to delegates will be the accommodation from Sunday evening 25th to Tuesday evening 28th February.

Visit http://www.bioentrepreneur.co.uk for detailed information.

Media enquiries:

Louise Third

Integra Communications

0115 906 1377 / 07773 288342

QED Consulting:

Amanda Edwards

01302 767884

Notes:

•The Bio-Entrepreneur School takes place from Monday 26th - Wednesday 28th February at BioCity, Pennyfoot Street, Nottingham, NG1 1GF

•Detailed information and registration instructions on http://www.bioentrepreneur.co.uk

•The School is supported by the Greater Nottingham Partnership, East Midlands Development Agency and BioCity Nottingham.

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