FPM Conversation “Biotechs/Startups – a Pharmaceutical Medicine Perspective”

Wednesday 8 July 2020
16:00 - 18:00

Continuing the popular FPM Conversation Series, this videoconference meeting will debate the issues and opportunities, and look at practical solutions, surrounding the challenges of working in a Biotech/Start-Up.

Bringing together a panel of medical and non-medical leaders from start-up/biotech companies and venture capital organisations, the conversation aims to encompass the following topics:

  • What are the main differences between working in big pharma and a start-up/biotech?
  • How can you overcome challenges of working in a small company?
  • How does a start-up/biotech convince investors to invest?
  • What are some of the regulatory, scientific, legal, compliance and logistical challenges?
  • How can you best handle acquisitions?
  • How should you support and get the most out of academics?


  • Log-on to join Videocall, hosted by FPM (Joining details will follow).
  • Joiners’ Social Chat and Meet the FPM Policy and Communications Group with general Q&A
    • Coordinated by Dr Craig Hartford (Chair of the event), with Dr Marcia Philbin (Chief Executive, FPM), Prof Tim Higenbottam (President, FPM), Dr Flic Gabbay, (Vice-President, FPM) and FPM Policy and Communication Group Members present to interact with
    • Bring your tea/coffee along!


  • PMST trainees* - £20
  • FPM members - £40
  • Non-members - £60

Booking information

Bookings are now closed for this event. See our Terms & Conditions for booking and please note our privacy policy.

Queries: If you are unable to complete your booking online or you would like to be invoiced, please email training@fpm.org.uk or call 020 3696 9040.

Joining instructions will be emailed to registered attendees on the morning of the webinar (Wednesday 8 July 2020).


If you attend this webinar you can use it as CPD for your appraisal. To do so you’ll need to provide:

  • evidence (certificate of attendance), and
  • reflection, specifically a couple of paragraphs on what you learnt, what effect it will have on your current practice and how it relates to Good Medical Practice.

Upload these into your portfolio and self-allocate your CPD points at 0.25 credits per 15 mins.

*The PMST rate is only available to pharmaceutical physicians who are:

  • enrolled on the PMST programme
  • GMC-approved Educational Supervisors in pharmaceutical medicine
  • FPM-approved Associate Educational Supervisors
  • FPM Specialty Advisers
  • members of the Specialist Advisory Committee on Pharmaceutical Medicine, or
  • ARCP reviewers

Meet the panellists