Female-focused networking: BPI hosts the CGT Circle’s 10th event

Millie Nelson, Editor

December 21, 2023

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BPI hosts the CGT Circle networking event in London.

BioProcess International (part of BioProcess Insider) hosted the CGT Circle’s networking event in London to celebrate and bring together like-minded females in a professional and personal environment.  

The three founders  of the CGT Circle (Kate Fynes, CMC translation consultant at eXmoor Pharma, Nicola Ambler, Director of Olmec Communications, and Lindsey Clarke, VP of commercial at MicrofluidX) said the demand for local community led networking steered them to launch the platform which aims to to create “decentralized networking” for women in the Life Sciences industry. In turn, this allows women at different stages of their careers to share experiences and support each other professionally and personally.

In November, members of the CGT Circle gathered at Informa’s offices in London, UK to take part in networking, festivities and of course, eating and drinking. Alongside enriching conversations about the sector, work and personal lives, there was bauble decorating and an activity where you could take a piece of advice and pass some on to the next person.

Here is what some of the attendees at the sold-out event had to say:

“Attending the CGT Circle event on 16th November was a truly enriching experience, that seamlessly blended professional insights with festive holiday cheer! Engaging in discussions about the latest advancements in cell and gene therapy (CGT), sharing experiences, and forging connections with like-minded professionals was both empowering and enlightening. As a newcomer, I initially felt a touch of nerves, however those feelings quickly dissipated in the welcoming and inclusive atmosphere created by the community,” said Taylor Beavis, marketing manager at Astrea Bioseparations.

“As a woman in the industry, being a member of this group is invaluable. Such events not only broaden my professional network but also serve as a source of inspiration, reinforcing the importance of diversity and inclusion in driving innovation within the cell and gene therapy landscape.”

“I thought it was a great event and it was lovely to meet new, like-minded individuals and catch up with some familiar faces whom I’ve met at previous CGT Circle events. It feels good to be part of a community which is so friendly, encouraging, and approachable where we can share our experiences and learn from each other. I always look forward to future events!” Nikita Patel, senior scientist at INmune Bio said.

“Firstly, the atmosphere was very welcoming […] my main reason for attending the event was that my family and I have just moved to London, so it was an opportunity to meet more people and also challenge myself to reach out to new people,” Charlotte Deacon-Wild, senior scientist, ViroCell Biologics told us.

On behalf of BPI, we would like to thank the CGT Circle for letting us host the networking event and all the people who attended.

About the Author(s)

Millie Nelson

Editor, BioProcess Insider

Journalist covering global biopharmaceutical manufacturing and processing news and host of the Voices of Biotech podcast.

I am currently living and working in London but I grew up in Lincolnshire (UK) and studied in Newcastle (UK).

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