Nottingham is to host promising health tech and pharma start-ups from Poland as part of a training programme which will see them learn from the city’s burgeoning biotech industry and work with experts from Nottingham Business School (NBS).
BioMed Academy is a partnership between NBS, part of Nottingham Trent University (NTU), the British Embassy in Warsaw and the Polish Development Fund.
The visitors from 17 companies, selected through a competitive process, will take part in an intense week of workshops with NBS researchers, industry experts and mentors on commercialising their work. They will also attend site visits to BioCity and MediCity.
From 1 – 5 July, the participants will prepare business pitches and create posters of their work to be presented to a panel of external experts on the final day. The programme will conclude with a gala dinner, attended by industry experts, potential investors, representatives from NTU, BioCity, Polish Development Fund and the British Embassy, Warsaw.
Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Dr Margaret Grzegorczyk, is leading the programme for NBS, she said: “With a 4.2% GDP growth in 2019, Poland is the second -fastest growing economy in the EU and yet its innovation scores are low. Nottingham is a hub for biotechnology and we have two fantastic incubators on our doorstep to show these growing companies how they can successfully bring their ideas to market. The programme also presents some fantastic opportunities for networking and creating valuable links with UK companies.”
Upon launching the programme at a recent event in Poland, British Ambassador to Poland, Jonathan Knott, said: “We hope the participants of this programme will use this opportunity to develop, but also foster more and more partnerships between the UK and Poland.”
The companies will also take part in a week’s training in Poland before visiting the UK.