The British Embassy in Sofia and the UK S&I Network would like to invite you to our workshop Biotechnology Business (2B) Workshop “Shaping the UK-Bulgarian biotech future”:
FRIDAY, 15 MARCH 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria
Laboratory Complex, Sofia Tech Park, room 125
111B Tsarigradsko shouse Blvd., Sofia, Bulgaria
This one day workshop aims at creating a sustainable business network and fostering a successful collaboration between UK and Bulgaria in the field of biotechnology. UK has many specialised companies which have an excellent track record in providing biotech services. The event will showcase the British excellence and innovation, and will develop commercial opportunities in a strategic sector. 2B Workshop will help identify the most promising areas for business collaboration, incl. new technologies leading to open up new avenues for R&D and commercialisation projects and build a network of new contacts in biotechnology for fostering the establishment of sustainable business collaboration.
Bulgaria is strategically located on the crossroad between Europe, Asia and Africa, thus offering openness to foreign markets. In 2018, Bulgaria was 50th in terms of “ease of doing business” (total of 190 countries, World Bank ranking), 46th in “best countries for business” ranking (out of 153 countries, Forbes magazine) and 49th according to the “global competitiveness index” (total of 137 countries, World Economic Forum). The country has financially stable environment: its debt is the 3rd lowest in the EU28 (25.4% of GDP as of 2017). It offers business-friendly environment due to the simple and low taxation system (overall tax-to-GDP ratio in Bulgaria is 29.0% for 2015, compared to an EU average of 40.0%).
The event will be held in English. No translation will be provided.
08.30 – 08.45 OPENING AND WELCOME
Dr. Emilia Pecheva, SIN officer, British Embassy Sofia
Mr. Todor Mladenov, Sofia Tech Park, CEO and Board Member
08.45 – 10.45 COMPANIES PITCHES
10.45 – 11.00 COFFEE BREAK
11.00 – 12.00 VISITING SOFIA TECH PARK LABORATORY COMPLEX (BIOINFOTECH)
12.00 – 13.00 NETWORKING LUNCH
13.00 – 15.00 GENERAL SESSION
Dr. Stoyan Radkov, Priority IP Ltd-UK, Director & Founder
Prof. Vladimir Dimitrov, R, D & I Consortium at Sofia Tech Park
Mr. Tsvetan Simeonov, Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, President
Mr. Vladimir Danailov, Sofia Investment Agency, CEO
Ms. Desislava Miteva, British Bulgarian Business Association, Executive Director