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Chris Evans Bench to billions - 27th Mar 2012
Chris Evans was the keynote speaker at the recent One Nucleus Bench to Boardroom Conference, here is my blog on the day.
The Remtec team exhibited at the One Nucleus conference Bench to Boardroom on March 6th
Arriving on a crisp March morning to Newmarket Race course one hoped the quality of the networking and talks equalled the fine bloodstock seen on the gallops upon arrival.
It was Remtec's first main exhibition of 2012 and we had a big day planned, there is the chance to win an IPad 2 in our business card draw, cynics would say we got it cheap since the IPad 3 is rumoured to be launching the very next day and later in the morning I'm filming a 5 minute promotional video for our business so look out for this on YouTube soon.
The first keynote speaker is Professor Sir Chris Evans OBE Founder and Chairman Excalibur Fund Managers (formerly Merlin Biosciences) and Excalibur Group.
For him the key to success is good products and good scientists, with a good plan, able to raise the money then it's a mix of hard work and a bit of luck and he is passionate about seeing the products in use helping patients.
Chris showed a slide he said he first showed 25 years ago and would still be current in 25 years. He states that a company board needs an entrepreneur to drive things forward, to be risk taking, charming show leadership and be persuasive, to sell the idea and talk the language to develop your products.
I have to say Chris was a great speaker and has clearly created and sold some great companies with over $5bn in value, his style is very motivational, enough of the science but also some great stories about deals he has achieved and closed.
During this session some of the Remtec team had been busy collecting business cards for the Ipad 2 prize draw, they had done very well and made some good contacts along the way.
The other key speaker was Alison Campbell OBE Former MD of Kings College London Business Ltd and an Advisor to the Department of Business Innovation and Skills.
Her parting comment was ‘we should all go to work knowing what the return on our investment in each day is going to be’ something for us all to consider.
By this time the Remtec team had been very busy and collected many more business cards and the Ipad 2 draw was nearing, the conference was drawing to a close and the infamous Dr Hal www.drhal.co.uk was going through his expert routine, showing us various chemical interactions and explosions, one of those ‘do not do this at home demonstrations’ this guy is crazy setting fire to volatile chemical compounds in large test tubes with the accompanying loud noises. A very watchable display.
The Ipad 2 prize draw was performed by Harriet Fear CEO of One Nucleus, the proud winner was Steve Brough from Asynt Ltd, he can be seen receiving the Ipad from Harriet in the photo.
All in all the team collected many business cards made a number of new contacts and one happy delegate went home with a new Ipad, as I drove out of Newmarket Racecourse the sun was just setting across the gallops signalling the end of a productive day.
Ian Sandison is a Director of Remtec Search and Selection a leading European Lifescience and medtech search company. He also assists healthcare inventors start new businesses, contributes to the Cambridge University Judge Business School Entrepreneurship and MBA programmes and lectures in Strategic Marketing at Lord Ashcroft International Business School in Cambridge
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