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Welcome to BELS (British Educated Life Scientists), a unique, purpose-led, adaptable, collaborative initiative that is strengthening connections with a virtual community of British-educated life scientists who have risen to positions of power and influence in the health and life sciences around the world. BELS is working to expand their awareness of and involvement with the UK health and life sciences.

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The BELS team has been developing this community for over 20 years—finding and building trusted relationships and engagement with its members, and tracking their careers (sometimes back to the UK). Most retain a keen interest in the UK, and BELS serves as a connector to help drive a step-change in collaboration, commerce, and progress for patients by tapping into their interest, influence, reach and collective spirit

The UK is a sweet spot: large and connected enough to be world leading in research and innovation, but small enough to be very well internally-networked–with the NHS as a key inherent connector.”  Tim Clackson, President, Executive Vice President of R&D – Xilio Therapeutics, US

The BELS List contains a powerhouse of over 3,200 gifted alumni of UK universities working at over 1,300 organisations throughout the health and life science sector in 43 countries outside the UK.  The influence of these executives, researchers, clinicians, academics and investors is considerable. They play formidable roles in pharma, biotech, medtech and medicine in industry, government, academia, research institutes, and medical charities throughout the world, occupying over 1,000 board seats, holding more than 500 c-suite positions.

The BELS List is not shared—both to protect BELS members from being inundated with approaches and to exert a level of quality control over interactions. Your contact details will never be shared without your expressed permission.  

BELS serves as a connector — fast tracking access to assets throughout the UK health and life sciences for our Members.  We are plugged into the UK scene and able to make high level introductions. The UK’s health and life science ecosystem is complex and teeming with activity across the country. To keep BELS Members better connected to it, in addition to making introductions, we curate and disseminate UK-focused news of the sector by emailing BELS Brief Clips, posting occasional blogs, and adding refreshers to this website