The Path to Leadership – IF Manchester Open Day 2019

Monday, September 28th 2020

01:26 – 01:26 (GMT)

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Why not improve your CV by joining the Innovation Forum!


Are you a recent graduate or studying towards a degree in Life Sciences or Engineering? Do you want to improve or develop your business acumen? Are you interested in meeting new people and organising events and workshops in Manchester?

We are a non-profit organisation supported by 10,000 innovators. We seek to build connections between academia, industry and policy makers, thereby accelerating the speed of technology adoption for the benefit of the wider society.


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If you love life sciences and want to develop your soft skills and gain knowledge in marketing, project management or business development, or simply want to become a STEM leader, the Innovation Forum Manchester is the place to start.

Please note that Innovation Forum is a non-for-profit organisation and this is a volunteering position.

Only a limited number of roles are available, so don’t hesitate to come along!


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is limited on-road parking and multi-storey car parking facilities around the Manchester Campus, although spaces are limited and parking charges are expensive, so we advise that whenever possible, please use public transport.

For further information on how to arrive by Train, Bus or Metrolink please visit

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Moreno ([email protected])

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes. If you registered but you are unable to come, you can transfer your ticket to a friend

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, printing your ticket is not necessary.


5.30 - 6 PM


6 - 6.10 PM

Introducing the Innovation Forum – an entrepreneurs network for entrepreneurs

Session delivered by Max Schenk, President of the Innovation Forum Manchester

6.10 - 6.25 PM

Finding entrepreneurial opportunities within science

Session delivered by Iwan Vaughan Roberts, Vice President of the Innovation Forum Manchester

6.25 - 6.40 PM

Marketing Foundations: What the hell is marketing?

Session delivered by Liutauras Mazonas, Marketing Director at the Innovation Forum Manchester

6.40 - 6.55 PM

Investment Opportunities for Early Stage Ventures

Session delivered by Gemma Sturt, BD Manager at Innovation Forum Manchester

6.55 - 7.10 PM

Business Development at the Innovation Forum

Session delivered by Anastassia Bolotkova, Global Head of Business Development

7.10 - 8.10 PM

Networking session


I am a PhD researcher at the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Manchester Institute and the University of Manchester. Throughout my PhD project we aim to understand why Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) patients very rapidly develop resistance to chemotherapy. To achieve this goal, we have strong collaborations with the Christie hospital on the one side and the pharmaceutical industry on the other side. We are confident to find a new treatment strategy that translates into the clinic, since the treatment regimen for SCLC has been unchanged for the last three decades.

I obtained my M.Sc. at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany. During this time I not only developed a strong interest in translational research, but also had the possibility to perform several placements abroad, such as a 6-month placement at the Whitehead Institute in Boston. I believe the IF Manchester will help me to combine my strong interest in science with entrepreneurship and to translate my ideas into the clinic.

Alongside my PhD work, I have participated in multiple accelerator programmes (e.g. BiotechYES, TERMIS Business Plan Competition, ImagineIF) with fellow PhD students to both develop our entrepreneurial skills and gain valuable mentorship to take our ideas forward towards commercial reality. In June 2017, our team was successful in winning the Northern Consulting Case Competition. Having grown up on a farm in rural Wales, I have always been immersed in an entrepreneurial atmosphere and aimed to combine my love of science with entrepreneurship to develop innovative and impactful ideas. As well as my scientific and entrepreneurial interests, I am an avid martial artist and enjoy hiking.

Liutauras Mazonas, an Independent Consultant in Open Banking & Marketing with a major in Information Technology & Management from The University of Manchester.

Previous start-up founder whose company was providing leisure services and a social space for young children in Lithuania, alumni of JA Europe, volunteer at a London Innovation Society and a previous Solutions Architect at Fidelity International.

Gemma is an enthusiastic Chemistry graduate from the University of Manchester with a strong interest in entrepreneurship in science. She has previously interned in both the investment banking and intellectual property industries, and possesses a strong grounding in practical science through her time as an undergraduate researcher at Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy. Alongside her studies, she contributed to several different research groups operating in solid-phase peptide synthesis, optical chemo-sensors and computational quantum chemistry.

Through her work as a volunteer, Gemma’s involvement with Manchester Science Festival, Manchester Science and Industry Museum and various local charities has seen her seek out collaboration opportunities, contribute to blogs and social media content and lead educational workshops in the wider community. She is passionate about scientific outreach aiming to enthuse young people into careers in science, and continues to work with local STEM groups in her free time.

Gemma is now turning her attention to a career in business development for young biotechnology and life-sciences companies.

Anastassia Bolotkova is a cell therapy professional, who specialises in research and manufacturing personalised immunotherapy for melanoma patients.

Originally from Estonia, Anastassia moved to the UK to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Molecular Biology and Translational Medicine at the University of Manchester. Being an open-minded person, has driven her to complete several international research projects in leading European institutes, specializing in cancer research.

When Anastassia came across the Business Development Associate position at the Innovation Forum, she did not hesitate to take up the role as she knew it would provide her with great development opportunities. She endeavoured to work hard in the role and achieved positive results! Her career has rapidly progressed and almost within a year she became a President of the Innovation Forum, Manchester. This move not only allowed her to support the Forum’s growth and become even more global, but also to better understand herself and do something she is passionate about!

More recently, she was promoted to join the central executive team as Global Head of Business Development

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