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British Expats in Life Sciences (BELS) - a powerful, strategic membership network - is strengthening connections between highly-accomplished, British-trained health & life science leaders at home and abroad to encourage international collaboration by providing insights, intelligence, introductions and interactions.

Beyond BIO & Annual Assemblies—Targeting Decision Makers

As we head into one of the biggest bun fights of the year at the BIO convention in Philadelphia, hopes are high for new learning and links, seeing and being seen, and warming up or booking business. Attendance at BIO, … Continue reading

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When Uncertainty Abounds, Focus on FACTS

BELS Brexit Perspective, March 22, 2019 As we lurch onward in this Brexit purgatory, there is no end in sight to chaos, delays and uncertainty.  And our hard-earned international reputation for pragmatism and a functioning democracy is being mightily tested … Continue reading

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Daring to be great as we face Brexit

British Expats in Life Sciences (BELS) is engaging with British-trained health and life science leaders around the globe With major changes afoot impacting our laws, regulations, trade and talent, discussions at the Summit will centre on the UK in a post-Brexit … Continue reading

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Beyond the Headlines—Spinning Brexit

In competing for our attention, newspaper headlines and television sound bites assault our senses, beckoning us with sensational breaking stories. At times, the news can emanate from someone’s posturing (defined as ‘behaving in a way that is intended to impress … Continue reading

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“Sparking” International Collaboration

When we survey our lives retrospectively, we find instances of specific collisions with people that helped to shape us over time.  Marriages, friendships and business opportunities are born, kindled and flow from such fortuitous interactions.  These collisions hold the potential … Continue reading

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Warming to the Notion of Brexit

I vividly remember waking up June 24th to the astounding news that the Leave vote had prevailed on the EU Referendum.  There followed some wailing and gnashing (in the interests of disclosure I had voted Remain) before my customary shrug … Continue reading

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The Sky is Not Falling after the Brexit Vote

Volatility in global markets continues with selloffs, recoveries, gains, losses, sterling is weak… Successful investors see opportunities in the face of market volatility. Meanwhile, most of us in the health and life science sector around the world are focused on … Continue reading

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After Brexit, Our Times They Are a Changin’

In the relative blink of an eye, certain events in the past few days have highlighted two clear home truths: the disaffection of the voting UK majority with their political leaders and the uncertainty of where our toils in the … Continue reading

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BELS, Brexit, NICE

As we enter the summer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere!) after the annual BIO meeting in San Francisco and ahead of the impending Brexit vote, we wanted to send out greetings to the BELS community.  We are now actively commencing … Continue reading

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The BELS List: A treasure trove of talented life scientists

We have recently devoted significant time to completely updating The BELS List, comprised of some 2800 UK expats and overseas alumni of UK universities who are life science leaders working outside the UK. As we launch the BELS membership drive, we … Continue reading

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Our new URL: BELSconnector.org

While we started the online presence of British Expats in Life Sciences as BELSgroup.com, it has become increasingly clear that forging stronger connectivity is core to what BELS is all about. We have therefore made a decision to reflect this … Continue reading

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Making strides in challenging times – Q1 2016

It’s been a welcome reassurance for this inveterate UK cheerleader that we continue to navigate assorted speed bumps and are productively staying the course with our life science strategy.  In 2015, this UK sector continued its renaissance with £1.26 billion … Continue reading

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The Alumni Summit: Six Months On

By all accounts, BELS inaugural event in the UK, The Alumni Summit, held July 9-10 2015 in Oxford, was a resounding success. Attendees from the UK and abroad offered extremely positive feedback. We checked in with the expats six months … Continue reading

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2015 – Another GREAT year for UK life science progress

About this time last year, I penned a blog entitled “Great Expectations for UK Health and Life Sciences”, which was a bit of a retrospective of 2014 and a call to dare to live up to our ‘Great’ image.  Well … Continue reading

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Brain drain or brain gain?

This year’s Nobel Prize announcements catalysed a knee jerk reaction from commentators, a lament that Brits were enjoying their success from other international venues rather than in the UK – yet another example of the classic “brain drain”. We would … Continue reading

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