From idea to impact: embracing entrepreneurship in the life sciences

13.30, Wednesday 01 November 2023

This career development event is for early career researchers wanting to better understand entrepreneurship and routes to commercialisation.  It will be especially beneficial for researchers interested in pursuing the benefits of research and driving change through innovation in the life sciences sector.

The event will start with a series of short presentations and a panel discussion to learn from leaders in entrepreneurship, innovation, and commercialisation. This will be followed by an interactive workshop, led by Caroline Broad, exploring the routes to commercialisation and the skills required to do this successfully. Before running her own training business, Caroline worked in the commercial sector in hi-tech and bioscience.

This event is open to all and free to attend. The event will be fully virtual. Please register through the button below to reserve your space and receive the Zoom link by email on the day.

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About our speakers:


Professor Dhavalkumar Patel FMedSci

Dhaval Patel is Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at UCB, Belgium, and is a member of UCB’s Executive Committee. Before UCB, he was responsible at Novartis for research teams in the areas of autoimmunity, transplantation, and inflammation and served as Head of Research for the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research Europe. Before joining industry, he was a renowned researcher at Duke University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA), authoring over 100 thought-leading publications with more than 10,000 citations. Dhaval is a medical doctor and holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology.


Caroline Broad              

Caroline Broad is a specialist in helping you create clarity in who you are and create intentional choices in what you do.  You will leave her workshops with an increased self awareness and a plan of how to implement practical tools and techniques so you can create a more productive, balanced and innovative research career.

Caroline’s workshops are practical, interactive, research based with wellbeing always at their centre. 

Caroline gained her twenty years’ experience facilitating teams and delivering skills training with a focus on developing the skills of career researchers and University staff in STEM.  

Caroline loves working with people who have a depth of knowledge and a passion for their work.  She starts with the assumption that everyone is naturally resourceful and capable and delivers value by developing an individual’s self-awareness, alongside an introduction to tools and theories that are directly applicable to their roles.

Caroline is a certified practioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Belbin Team Roles, is a Mental Health First Aider, C-Me profiling and Resilience Tools consultant


              Dr Jordan Lane