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 in our communications, including: BELSconnector.org, our new URL which incorporates connector and .org to better reflect …

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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 on and found that exciting progress is being delivered, discussions are happening, and projects are …

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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 counter that such news should be viewed much more positively. In a Daily Telegraph article …

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Purdah, Politics, Public Opinion, Projects, Progress… Our National Passion for the health & life sciences

With an election upcoming on May 7, we have entered the approximately six-week period that we quaintly call “purdah”.  For many, the word is a mystery.  It can have the following definitions: 1) “ the practice among women in certain Muslim and Hindu societies of living in a separate room or behind a curtain, or of dressing in …

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The Week that Was 24/11/14

Certainly a busy time in the UK with a host of meetings taking place run by the likes of the Financial Times, ABPI (Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry), Consilium Healthcare, Jefferies and Number 10. The big news was announcement of a government review of how new treatments and medical devices are developed and adopted …

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