Celebrating International Women’s Day and tackling inequality at Discovery Park

With female founded start-ups still struggling to access funding and a lack of women investors, there remains much to do to create an equitable environment for women in business. The femtech industry is a clear example of this gender bias, with male femtech founders consistently raising more capital despite over 70% of femtech companies being founded by women.


Less than a quarter of all UK female-led companies accessed external capital in 2022/2023. Building a supportive network and demonstrating the success of women in these industries is vital to overcome these challenges. To share stories of success, build connections, and discuss potential solutions to the obstacles that remain, Discovery Park will host a morning full of talks and panel discussions on International Women’s Day, Friday 8th March, featuring a line-up of innovative women at all stages of their careers. From breaking barriers to fostering innovation, the discussions will touch upon various aspects of business navigation and leadership. This is a free event and is open to all interested in driving positive change.


The event will be opened by Jane Kennedy, Chief Business Officer of Discovery Park, followed by two keynote speeches from Laura Bloomfield, Global Head of TELUS International, on ‘Leading the way: A CEO’s Inspirational Journey’, and Vineeta Tripathi, Founder of Vitarka Therapeutics, on the ‘Inspiring Journey of Female Founder’. It will also include a panel discussion on Leadership, Diversity, and Business Insights, and a fireside chat on the Challenges & Opportunities in Entrepreneurship with Julie Richards, Head of Assay Development, Psyros.


The day will feature the inaugural presentation of the Discovery Park Inspirational Women Awards, showcasing inspiring women as chosen by the Discovery Park community. To reserve your place and access the full agenda visit: https://discovery-park.co.uk/internationalwomensday/.


As well as disparities in business, the gender health gap is still hindering women’s access to healthcare. A combination of a lack of understanding of women’s physiology and a lack of clinical trial data is resulting in worse treatment outcomes. Alarmingly, the UK has the largest gender health gap in the G20.


This gap will not be closed without a concerted, collaborative effort. Making up 51% of our population, women offer a multitude of ideas and expertise to build a more equitable society. To champion this, Discovery Park is partnering with NHS Kent and Medway, Kent and Medway Medical School and Health Innovation Kent, Surrey and Sussex to host Kent & Medway Women’s Health Innovation Summit on 6th March. This event will bring together clinicians, patients, students, academics, innovators and system partners from across the Kent & Medway health community who are dedicated to revolutionising women’s health through innovation, leadership, inclusivity and systemic change. This event will be held in the Pears Building at the Kent and Medway Medical School from 12pm to 4:30pm. For more information please visit: https://discovery-park.co.uk/femtech-forward-pioneering-womens-health-and-future-possibilities/


Discovery Park is committed to supporting women in business and innovative organisations transforming women’s health. Contact us for more information on business support and investment opportunities currently available.

SoCoBio DTP Annual Conference

As part of the annual Southcoast Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership (SoCoBio DTP) conference, the University of Kent is hosting an industry-focused day to showcase industry-facing research driven by CASE students and provide an opportunity for the development of new connections and collaborations between industry and students.

If you would like to have a stall or sponsor the event, please contact Dr Rebecca Hall (r.a.hall@kent.ac.uk) or Dr Jenny Tullet (j.m.a.tullet@kent.ac.uk. 

Please register here

BioIntegrates 2024

Join Discovery Park as we attend BioIntegrates 2024! The conference will address the needs of innovative companies developing the therapies of tomorrow, this one-day conference provides a unique forum to discuss the major challenges impacting the sector.

BioIntegrates is a unique opportunity to engage with top executives in biotech, CDMO, supply chain, and funding and investment.

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London Biotechnology Show

Join Discovery Park as we attend the inaugural London Biotechnology Show.

The London Biotechnology Show aims to be a premier biotechnology event in the UK and the broader European region to expedite the progress of biotechnology for revolutionising medical & healthcare sectors globally.

The show will deliver an impeccable event experience for the participants to discover the latest technological advancements & ground-breaking offerings and simultaneously deliberate on the ways to widen the scope of biotechnology around the globe.

Find out more and register here.

OBN BioTrinity 2024

Join Discovery Park as we attend BioTrinity 2024. 

BioTrinity is OBN’s flagship two-day conference for the life sciences industry, designed to catalyse growth for all who attend. The delegate mix comprises early stage and emerging life sciences R&D companies, investors, big pharma, academics, charities, government, and broad range of valued service providers.

Find out more and register here.

OBN BioSeed 2024

Join Discovery Park as we attend OBN BioSeed, now in its seventh year!

BioSeed is a fast-paced, one-day pitching event where innovative early-stage life sciences companies seeking seed funding, showcase to and meet with an extensive audience of active life sciences investors.

Find our more and register here


Genesis 2023

For over two decades, the annual Genesis conference from One Nucleus has brought key Life Science opinion leaders and stakeholders together to debate key trends, instigate deals and generate a vision of the future.

The 2023 Keynote Programme at Genesis will explore how innovation in life science R&D, technology, dealmaking and leadership are leading to patient benefit and value creation for all stakeholders.

Discovery Park will be attending the event.

Click here to register: http://www.genesisconference.com/registration/

The GIANT Health Event, 2023

Discovery Park is proud to partner Giant for ‘the UK’s largest, most valuable annual festival of health-tech innovation.” The two-day event on the 4th -5th December in London brings together world-class speakers, start-ups, investors and industry professionals across 4 shows, covering Mental Health, Women’s Health Tech, Future Hospital and Start-up Investment.

For more information and to secure your ticket, visit: Health tech Startups Pitching 2023 | GIANT Health London 4–5 December 2023

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