BioTalent Social Webinar #2: Is there Gender Bias in Data & Technology?
Social awareness of biases, apparent within Biomedical Artificial Intelligence (AI) has recently skyrocketed. A June 2020 article published by Nature, spoke about sex-specific biologic differences still ignored by major Drug Discovery researchers and how women are underrepresented in clinical trials. This is illustrated with an example of the sleep medication Zolpidem which slows down drug metabolism in women, where a study conducted in 2013, found that women who took the recommended dose were found asleep during activities such as driving.
Earth Day 2021
To commemorate Earth Day 2021, we hosted a ‘lunch & learn' session with FareShare UK, where Luke Wiechula, community and partnership lead, spoke about the importance of tackling food waste and fighting hunger in the UK.
FareShare is a food re-distribution charity, which works with over 10,000 frontline charities and community groups to redistribute surplus food from the food industry to vulnerable people in need. Since the closure of schools was announced and COVID-19 was starting to make an impact, there was a huge increase in demand for food. Currently, about 12% of the UK population are currently experiencing food insecurity. Last year, FareShare provided 57.3 million meals to people up and down the country, with equates to over £21.7M worth of food contributed to its charity members.
Fare Share helps to support families and children, food banks and covid food hubs to provide nutritious meals alongside life-changing support services.
What it means to be a world-class 3-star best companies accredited organisation
Best Companies, the standard-bearers for assessing workplace engagement, have accredited us with its top accolade – a 3-star, world-class rating for our levels of employee engagement. To achieve this exceptional rating, our employees were asked to complete the comprehensive and completely confidential, b-Heard survey which includes questions around leadership, purpose, training, personal growth and wellbeing. So, it’s an honest statement – and an exceptional endorsement - by our people about us as a company.
Our mission is to build diversity, create inclusion and encourage workplace innovation. We work with our partners to create successful teams that are representative of the society we live in. We put the success of people and purpose before profit. We strive to identify and address workplace inequalities. Our community platforms, such as Women in DevOps and Ethnicity Talks, enable success through focused knowledge building, inspiring future leaders, networking and closing employment gaps. We support innovative social outreach programmes; most recently, the new FastFutures initiative to help 18-22-year old's gain workplace skills during the pandemic.
BioTalent Achieves World Class Accreditation for Employee Engagement
We’re delighted we’ve been awarded Best Companies’ top accolade – 3-star, world-class accreditation for employee engagement. It’s a standard few companies achieve - a benchmark celebrating our culture, values of collaboration, passion and innovation and our mission to build diversity, create inclusion and encourage workplace innovation.
We wish our Muslim clients, candidates and community a warm and peaceful start to Ramadan. May this holy month lead us all to a brighter, renewed future. #ramadanmubarak
Transgender Day of Visibility
Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility. This important day acknowledges the contributions made by people within the transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse communities. We dedicate this day to celebrating the lives of the transgender community, while also raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives.
TDoV recognises trans people of all genders, sexualities, ages, disabilities, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Reasonable Adjustments in the Recruitment Process for Autistic Candidates
As employers, recruiters, and with a committed DEI mission as an organisation, we aim to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity in the recruitment process. This can involve making reasonable adjustments which can be physical, verbal, practical or support related guidance. All guidance will adhere to the Equality Act 2010.
At the start of World Autism Week in the UK, we have compiled a list, in conjunction with our charity partners, The National Autistic Society, of reasonable adjustments that can be made in the recruitment process to ensure it is inclusive and helps make a difference for autistic candidates.
Cycle for Smart Works
We are delighted to announce that as part of Trinnovo Group we have raised £1025 for the ‘Cycle for Smart Works’ 2021 fundraiser. The campaign has raised over £220K nationally, and we couldn’t be more proud of our cycle superstars who have pedalled for such an amazing cause.
We have signed the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant
BioTalent is part of Trinnovo Group. We are delighted to have signed the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.
Recap: Webinar #1 - The Evolution of AI in Healthcare
On Wednesday evening, we held our very first BioTalent Social webinar, ‘the evolution of AI in healthcare.’
Happy St. Patrick's day!
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to our Irish community.
AI and Drug Discovery: An Exciting Story of Growth, Innovation & Change
As an AI recruitment specialist, I am passionate about the positives of AI to aid effective pharmacological solutions across the field of human need – from diagnosing disease, therapeutic interventions and the subject of this blog, drug discovery.
Women's Month: An interview with Heather Wells
Heather Wells started in the industry as the one and only Clinical Data Manager in Bayer (UK) within three years, she was managing a team of 19 Data Managers including CRF Design staff and programmers. Then, she took maternity leave and the company restructured; she was “pushed” into a quality role for the biometrics team and ended up thoroughly enjoying what had felt like an enforced move. Son number two came along - and yes - there was another reorganisation! This gave her the opportunity to learn all about the clinical trials side of quality.
As the boys grew, Heather wanted to enjoy time with them and therefore became a part-time mother and consultant. The variety and the challenges she faced and the experience she gained made this a very special time; Heather remembered clients asking her to audit sales and marketing teams and translation companies. Her response was always – 'I have never performed that type of audit before are you sure?!' – well clearly, they were as she expanded her skill set.
Heather also lead a small CRO to obtain ISO 9001 accreditation on the first attempt. She also had the challenge of preparing and hosting a couple of MHRA Inspections. As the boys became young men, she saw a permanent role close to home and was fortunate to enjoy the challenges of working for small biotech companies building and managing the quality systems and still learning, this time on the manufacturing side of the business, all the way through to helping to review and check the BLA. She then decided to move back into the CRO world that she had enjoyed as a consultant and there are still new challenges to discover and enjoy.
Tea & Talk - Choose to Challenge
To commemorate International Women’s Day, we hosted an internal webinar ‘Choose to Challenge’ IWD session, uncovering inequalities our leaders have experienced throughout their careers, whilst celebrating achievements and increasing visibility as well as the importance of calling out inequality.
International Women's Day: An interview with Eliza Dornbush
Eliza Dornbush received her degree in biochemistry from Occidental College, she also dove into coursework in mathematics, economics, environmental policy, gender studies, and even art history – because of her love of learning, but also out of recognition that science has numerous intersections in our lives. Since then, she’s continued to craft a career that is uniquely hers, but for which two key themes remain consistent: the desire to learn, and the desire to make a difference.
WE HAVE A NEW NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP ADVISOR ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION (DEI) STRATEGY
Bio Talent which is part of Trinnovo Group is delighted to announce that Melissa Mavlanova-August has been appointed as a non-executive director and group advisor on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy. Melissa is an internationally-recognised senior diversity equity and inclusion leader operating in the technology industry.
Meet our Diversity Innovation Team
At BioTalent, part of Trinnovo Group, we’ve built our Diversity Innovation Team (DIT) to ensure we attract a unique, diverse and often underrepresented professional pool of talent.
Happy Chinese New Year!
Wishing a happy Chinese New Year to our candidates, clients and community.
International Epilepsy Day
Around 65 million people around the world live with epilepsy. Today is International Epilepsy Day, a day which provides a platform for people with epilepsy to share their experiences and stories to a global audience.
Trinnovo Group featured in Talint International's Newsletter
BioTalent, part of Trinnovo Group, is delighted to have been featured in TALiNT International’s Jan/Feb 2021 newsletter.
Trinnovo Group welcomes Ex-Military Careers as it's Social Enterprise
Co-Founder James Lawrence started Ex-Military Careers in 2010 because he didn’t want service leavers to struggle to find a career after leaving the military like he did. When James started Ex-Military Careers in 2010 he had one thing in mind; he wanted to make a real difference to the lives of Ex-Military Personnel. That is still our No 1 priority today!
IR35: Planning Your Workforce - Webinar
April 6, 2021 is D-Day for implementation of new rules in the private sector for IR35 or the “off-payroll working rules”, as HMRC describes it.
Happy New Year!
We’re looking forward to a fresh, new chapter.
We’d like to wish our Jewish candidates, clients, and community a very happy Hanukkah.
International Day of People with Disabilities
Yesterday was International Day of People with Disabilities – this year’s theme is ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible,’ spreading awareness of disabilities that are not immediately apparent – such as mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight and hearing impairments among others.
Shortlisted for the RIDI Awards 2020
We’ve been named a finalist for ‘Most Inclusive Recruitment Campaign,’ and the ‘Getting Started’ award. Additionally, we feel privileged to be among such wonderful company, nominated with Guidant Global, Financial Conduct Authority, The Wells Tobias Group, HECK, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, FCDO Services, Group GTI RPO, and MAG (Airports Group).
We’d like to wish our American candidates, clients, and community a very happy thanksgiving.
An Interview with James Lawrence, Founder at Ex-Military Careers
At BioTalent, we work on a CSR (corporate social responsibility) framework that encapsulates different elements of diversity, equity and inclusion in order to make a tangible difference on the issues that matter the most to us. One of our chosen pillars in our framework is veterans – our social enterprise Ex-Military Careers, offers support to ex-forces personnel with mentoring, education, and career advice and guidance. Ex-Military are proud signatories of the Corporate Covenant
We’d like to wish our Hindu, Sikh, and Jain community a colourful and peaceful Diwali.
Remembrance Day 2020
Today, we unite across faiths, cultures and backgrounds to remember the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth.
Podcast Episode #5 - People, Equal Representation and How to Overcome Discrimination with Alexander Doyle
Our new Diversity in Life Sciences Series.
Lucy Eloise Neal and Joshua Greaves spoke with Alex Doyle. Alex is a trained Scientist with a passion for the people, who developed a strong interest in healthcare through working in the industry at Boehringer Ingelheim and Novartis and used his commercial acumen to transition from research and development into pharmaceutical recruitment consulting. Customer focus and in-depth industry knowledge has allowed Alex to partner effectively with Biotechnology organisations, CROs and pharmaceutical clients.
From the Hospital to Medical Recruitment Agency: experiencing both sides of the fence
Throughout my life I have aligned myself with science and healthcare. Was it a choice, an active decision, what my parents wanted or something I fell into? Reflecting on my career I am unable think of one pivotal moment, but I am glad and fortunate to be where I am today.
30,000 LinkedIn followers!
We’ve reached 30,000 LinkedIn followers!
What it means to win ‘Best Recruitment Company to work for (£20m to £50m)’
The Trinnovo team came together for the 2020 TIARA Awards last night and we are beyond proud to have been selected as the winner for ‘Best Recruitment Company to Work for (£20m to £50m)’.
Biotalent | Research and Development
💡The world of research and development is highly specialised and fiercely competitive. Whether it be roles in drug discovery, process development, programme management; we’re here to help; after all, it’s in our DNA. 🧬🦠💊🩺🔬
National Fast Futures Project 2020
This week is #NationalInclusionWeek, at BioTalent which is part of the Trinnovo Group, we consistently take the lead and offer support to various diversity, equality and inclusion schemes throughout the year. Most recently, we teamed up with Avado and their ‘Fast Futures’ scheme.
BioTalent's Annual Charity 'Big' October Fundraiser 2020
At BioTalent corporate social responsibility (CSR) and diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are built into the fabric of our thinking, as we strive to empower and enhance our wider communities to make a positive impact in the life sciences recruitment world. We are proud to be launching our ‘Big October Fundraiser’, donating 5% of any invoices made during October to our clients’ choice of our charitable partners.
National Dog Day
It’s national dog day! From luscious Labradors, sassy Sausage dogs and pampered pugs, we’re never short of furry friends!
We hope our Muslim clients, community and candidates had a peaceful and joyous Eid.
Podcast Episode #4 - Pandemic Challenges & Agile Processes in Regulatory Affairs with Florin Muraru
With a career spanning over two decades in the Pharma industry, Lucy Eloise Neal and Owen Lavers caught up with Florin Muraru, a Regulatory Affairs executive with exposure to all steps of the registration process for pharmaceutical products, including CTAs, CP, MRP, and national submission.
Trinnovo Group Partner with Avado on Latest CSR project
We are proud to be a recruitment partner for the Fast Futures programme. The initiative is a national, joint project with Avado and leading global businesses, providing essential real-world skills to education leavers aged 18-22. Seeking diverse and equal representation in the candidate application process.
Shortlisted at the Tiara Awards 2020
Being described as “Pandemic-defying growth leaders”, has left us feeling beyond proud
Happy fourth of July
Happy fourth of July to our American community. This special day marks the Freedom and Declaration of Independence in the United States of America. We care about the freedom of choice our clients have when finding a suitable job role, that’s why we provide extensive job opportunities while working with trusted recruitment specialists. Don’t hesitate to get in touch and see how we can support you. #itsinourDNA
The Impact of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) on EU Notified Bodies
With the recent announcement that the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) will be extended to May 2021 due to Covid-19, I sat down (Virtually of course) with a talented Lead Auditor who is currently working for one of the world’s largest Medical Device Notified Bodies to discuss some of the impacts of the MDR on industry and EU Notified Bodies.
Podcast Episode #3 - 'Leading with Empathy' with Michael Potts
Lucy Eloise Neal and Sam Heron sat down with Michael Potts, an Experienced Manufacturing and Operations Director. Michael sees himself as an entrepreneur, with over 20 years’ experience in Pharmaceutical operations. He enjoys leading people, teams, departments and organisations to deliver excellence for the organisation and also for the individuals.
Podcast Episode #2 - Each for Equal
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2020, Lucy Eloise Neal and Sam Heron sat down with Sanne Marie Løkke Olsen. Sanne is a Business Unit Leader at Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Podcast Episode #1 - 'AI/Machine Learning in Pharmaceutical' with Sion Wyn
During this episode, Lucy Eloise Neal and Dominic Pritchard sat down with Sion Wyn an expert and pioneer in computer system validation, compliance and international regulations within the Life Sciences sector.
NHS Selfie Rainbow
Join us as we stand in solidarity and truly appreciate the incredible hard work and dedication to save lives from our heroes at the NHS and key workers across the globe. We'd like to do our part in supporting the incredible NHS. Any candidate placed in a permanent role in the next 3 months we will donate 10% of the fee to the NHS. Take care and stay safe. 🌈✨
BioTalent Social Webinar #2: Is there Gender Bias in Data & Technology?
Social awareness on biases, apparent within Biomedical Artificial Intelligence (AI) has recently skyrocketed. A June 2020 article published by Nature, spoke about sex-specific biologic differences still ignored by major Drug Discovery researchers and how women are underrepresented in clinical trials. This is illustrated with an example of the sleep medication Zolpidem which slows down drug metabolism in women, where a study conducted in 2013, found that women who took the recommended dose were found asleep during activities such as driving.
Earth Day 2020
Donation to the NHS
Impacts of COVID-19 on the Life Science industry
Clap for our carers
Shortlisted at the Recruiter Awards 2020 'Best Newcomer'
Working From Home: Staying Happy and Healthy
We are on hand to advise on current trends and opportunities for our clients, and to offer further support. Here are a few things you can do to effectively work from home whilst maintaining your sanity!
Happy Mother's Day to all! Whether they are near or far, we celebrate these special ladies today.
International Day of Happiness
We seek to attract optimistic, passionate and collaborative people and constantly give them the environment to create change and adventure.
Following an announcement from the UK government, IR35 has been delayed until April 2021 as part of the government’s response package to support our economy during the outbreak of Covid-19.
Tip: Working From Home
BioTalent is committed to minimising effects and disruption to our clients, candidates and community.
Our Community Statement
Supporting you is what we do. Despite the uncertainty around the current climate with the outbreak of COVID-19 unsurprisingly, the Life Sciences landscape is responding well.
St Patrick's Day
Beannachtaí na Féile oraibh go léir! We want to wish our Irish community a Happy St Patrick’s Day.
Dear Community, Considering the uncertainty, we all face in our daily lives, with the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we wanted to let you what we are doing at BioTalent to ensure we are prepared for all scenarios.
Wishing you a colourful, happy Holi
Happy Holi everyone! To mark the start of Spring, this notorious annual Hindu Festival brings an explosion of colour to the streets alongside singing, dancing and celebrating with a lifetime of DELICIOUS food.
Launched our Switzerland Office
Located in the heart of Europe, with a diverse culture, over four national languages and the jaw-dropping scenery of the Alps we have launched our latest office in Zug, Switzerland.
International Women's Day 2020
“An equal world is an enabled world.” Today we’re celebrating International Women’s Day, recognising the social, economic, cultural and political accomplishments of women.
Pancake Day 2020
How do you like your pancakes? Sweet or savoury? Double stacked or quadruple stacked?
Happy Valentine's Day
We’re spreading the love this Valentine’s Day. The science behind love is not overly romantic but it's intriguing and a whole lot more complex than we anticipated.
Today at the BioTalent HQ our team have been updating their wardrobes and selling their pre-loved garments in our quarterly pop-up Clothes Swap initiative.
Happy Chinese New Year
Happy Chinese New Year from our community to yours. It’s the year of the Rat, which brings with it the representation of a ‘new day’.
Last week we held another ‘Meat-free Friday’ in our London offices, in aid of the ongoing Climate Strike and Veganuary/Veggie January.
Talk by Guidant Global
This morning we’re attending Guidant Global’s wellbeing talk, titled ‘Driving performance with a people first strategy’. The discussion will touch upon how wellbeing and inclusion can be utilised to drive employee performance.
We've hit 8,000 LinkedIn followers!
We would like to thank our clients, candidates and community for the ongoing support as we have reached LinkedIn 8,000 followers!
R&D Trends – When Technology Meets Healthcare
Here at BioTalent I am a part of the medical device team specialising in R&D (Research and Design). My day to day agenda primarily involves speaking to R&D specialists and experts –so naturally I have picked up a thing or two.
Christmas Jumper Day 2019
There are no resting grinch faces today as our teams brought some festive spirit to our offices, in our annual Christmas Jumper day.
BioTalent Christmas Party
Last night we held our annual Christmas party at St Bart’s Brewery, where our squad indulged in a delicious 3-course meal and sleighed the night away.
‘Tis the season! We’re feeling festive in our offices as tonight we have our annual Christmas Party to recognise and celebrate BioTalent’s end of year growth, collaboration and development.
Recap: 'The Future of Work is Accessible'
We attended the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) ‘The Future of Work is Accessible’ conference, an evening of live polls, inspiring talks, key insights, and knowledge sharing with the agenda on employing and recruiting people with disabilities.
‘The Future of Work is Accessible’ - RIDI Conference
Our D&I and CSR ambassador Lucy Neal is attending RIDI's event, ‘The Future of Work is Accessible’ this evening.
BioTalent Charity Partnership
BioTalent is proud to announce a new charity partnership for 2020 - with Smart Works Charity Greater Manchester, which is part of the national Smart Works charity, providing high-quality clothes, mentoring and interview training to help unemployed women back into jobs.
Meat-free Friday is back!
Meat-free Friday is back in our offices! We support the ongoing Climate Strike and to show this, we implement several CSR strategies such as cycle-to-work, clothes swaps and a monthly meat-free lunch.
GBEA 2019 - National Finalists!
Following on from winning the ‘Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year’ regional award at The Natwest Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2019, our BioTalent team are beyond proud to announce that our Directors Ashley Lawrence and Ben Adams are through to the national finals!
At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month - we will remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 🎃 Today we made our office spooktacular and even had our very own pumpkin patch.
Happy Diwali! Nothing makes us shine brighter than a five-day festival full of fun, friends and fireworks.
Wear It Pink - Breast Cancer Awareness
We turned our Friday pink for Breast Cancer Now last week! Our office was like an office filled with pink flamingos as our team raised £60.40 and awareness for life-saving breast cancer research!
Tiara Awards 2019
Last night our team got suited and booted for the Tiara Awards 2019, representing 'Growth Company of the Year' and 'Best Recruitment Company to work for £5 to £20m'.
A pitcher is worth a thousand words… Oktoberfest was a barrel of laughs for our high-achieving perm team.
'Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year' - GBEA Winners!
Our BioTalent family are thrilled to announce that our Directors Ashley Lawrence, MBA and Ben Adams have won the ‘Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award at The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2019.
World Mental Health Day
Today we want to take the time to talk about the importance of self-love and raise awareness of mental health.
Winners of the Recruitment Agency Bake-off!
On your marks, get set, BAKE! Our star bakers Alex and Chiara won this year’s Recruitment Agency Bake-off, presenting a fabulous ‘Day of the Dead’ Halloween-themed skull cake.
Zenned out, chilled out
From pilates at sunrise to fine dining at dusk, our yoga fanatics have returned from their Wellness Retreat, zenned out and chilled out.
And breathe… some of our team are off on a Wellness Retreat this afternoon for a well-deserved rest.
Today we stand in solidarity with the younger and future generations to come as we join the #climatestrike to demand change on our home, the place we call earth.
APSCo Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Meeting
This afternoon we attended APSCo's Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Meeting, held at Gallagher's London HQ.
Great British Recruitment Agency Bake-off!
Baking news! From Biscoff Bakes to Brownie Bites, and a mouth-watering lemon drizzle, two worthy winners from our squad will be represented at The Great British Recruitment Agency Bake Off on Saturday 5th October.
Our sun-kissed team have returned from the Golden Coast with a Beverly Hills tan and a Hollywood twang.
The next James and Jamie Bond! Charity Abseil for Orchid Cancer
Our thrill-seeker Izzy Pike completed a 529ft-abseil off Broadgate Tower for the incredible charity, Orchid Cancer Appeal last weekend.
World Suicide Prevention Day
We want to take this day to remind everyone that help is just a text or phone call away.
APSCo Awards 2019 - we've been shortlisted!
Our BioTalent team are delighted to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for the APSCo Awards 2019, under the category ‘Recruitment Company of the Year under £3m’.
The Power of Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate social responsibility helps to build trust, raise awareness and encourages social change. Although there are tens of thousands of companies doing their bit, large global corporations’ efforts can have far-reaching results that can impact on major world issues - from hunger and health to global warming.
We've been shortlisted for 'Investors in People' Awards 2019!
We are on cloud nine as we share our success of being shortlisted for the prestigious 'Investors in People' Awards 2019 for ‘Employee Engagement’ and ‘Employer of the Year Gold (50-249 people)’.
Let's Go Green
In light of the recent Amazonia disaster, we want to take some time today to think about how we can make small changes to help protect our planet.
Tiara Awards 2019 - shortlisted!
We are super proud to have been shortlisted at the Tiara Awards 2019 for 'Growth Company of the Year' and 'Best Recruitment Company to Work For £5 to £20M'.
We've been shortlisted for the 'Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year' category at this year's NatWest GBEA 2019!
Our BioTalent team are beyond ecstatic, as we are delighted to announce that our Directors Ashley Lawrence and Ben Adams have been shortlisted for the 'Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year' category at this year's Natwest GBEA 2019.
The Living Drug To Beat Cancer
10 patients who were almost certainly not going to survive after going through chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants, without success, have been given a lifeline with CAR-T Therapy.
IR35: What does this mean for your business?
We don’t just organise events for our external community, we organise events internally for key stakeholders. We thoroughly enjoyed our IR35 event last night at Cass Business Executive Centre! Our industry-leading speakers covered employer responsibilities and recent changes in government legislation, while gaining useful feedback from our clients.
Henley-on-Thames Incentive Trip
Our BioTalent team thoroughly enjoyed their incentive day out to Henley-on-Thames watching the races.
London Pride 2019
We hope you all had a lovely weekend celebrating London Pride! Here at BioTalent, we are proud to support 50 years of the LGBT+ movement and Pride March.