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OBN Facilitates Funding To UK R&D Companies From The Biomedical Catalyst Scheme

OBN is the trade association supporting the UK's emerging life sciences companies OBN's activities can be summarised as networking, partnering, group purchasing, and providing fundraising advice. Through its delivery of Europe's fastest growing biopartnering and investment conference 'BioTrinity' OBN generates more R&D-company-to-investor interactions than anyone else in Europe. OBN runs regular 'BioTuesday' evening networking events which typically feature three speakers talking on a topic of business, financial or scientific interest, followed by two hours of networking over wine and canapés. They are attended by 70-120 delegates. In addition OBN offers an Executive Breakfast Club with up to 25 CEO's, CFO's and COO's coming together with major industry figures to discuss a topic of mutual interest in an informal way. Details of OBN's other events can be found at http://www.obn.org.uk/evens OBN can also offer our members discounted rates on lab supplies and services through more than 30 suppliers, office supplies, private medical insurance, among over 40 offers on products and services through the group OBN Purchasing Scheme.

About the BioMedical Catalyst

The BioMedical Catalyst was implemented to help UK R&D companies to access much needed funding to aid the development of innovative products and technology, in attracting private finance and ultimately to treating areas of unmet medical need. The BioMedical Catalyst, launched as a key action within the government's Strategy for UK Life Sciences and aimed at addressing market failure in the financing of early-stage innovative biomedical R&D companies in the UK, is designed to effectively translate basic research into products with market potential. This joint £180m Technology Strategy Board and Medical Research Council programme offers funding to innovative small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and academics looking to work either individually or in collaboration to develop solutions to healthcare challenges. The Biomedical Catalyst accepts innovative ideas from any sector or discipline that demonstrate the potential to provide significant positive healthcare and economic impact.

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