Business of Science conference to return for 2017

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A conference celebrating the connection between business and science is set to make a return to Manchester in 2017.

The Business of Science Conference will be back in the city on May 18th with a programme of high-profile speakers including Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, and Richard Carter, managing director UK and Ireland for BASF.

Other speakers taking to the stage at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester include entrepreneur, investor and advisor Sherry Coutu CBE and Rosa Wilkinson, director of trade policy stakeholder engagement at the Department for International Trade.

Key event themes will focus on science, innovation and skills with topics spanning the development and commercialisation of great science, the role of science to drive economic growth and leadership skills within science.

Steve Bennett, managing director of Science North Limited: “Following the success of the inaugural conference in 2016, we’re thrilled to be able to announce the details of Business of Science 2017. Ultimately it’s about connecting business and scientific excellence and driving collaboration between the two to generate economic growth.

“We already have some excellent speakers lined up and new ideas for interesting panel discussions, which we’ll announce over the coming months. We’re also really pleased to have the continued support of many of last year’s sponsors and look forward to working with new businesses too.”

Returning sponsors include BASF, Grant Thornton and the University of Bolton. Drug discovery and development company Redx Pharma will again be involved in the conference with details due to be announced soon.

Event supporters include Active Profile, RARE Digital, WolfeLive, the Museum of Science and Industry, Wakelet, Fatsoma and TransitionPlus.

Tickets per person cost £95+VAT with an early bird rate of £75+VAT by December 31st.

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