The Bioindustry Association, the trade body for small and
medium-sized biological sciences companies, has appointed its first
public affairs director, Aisling Burnand.
Before joining the association, Burnand was business group director at
the Rowland Company, working on the agency’s corporate accounts.
Burnand will oversee the association’s media and government relations as
well as its links with member companies, which cover human and animal
healthcare and environmental and agricultural biotechnology.
She will report to the chief executive of the Bioindustry Association,
John Sime, and work closely with the association’s five other staff
Her responsibilities were previously handled by Sime.
Sime said: ’Aisling’s appointment marks the determination of the board
of the association to play a more direct role in the process of
informing all bioindustry commentators about the issues involved in the
development of this dynamic sector of the UK economy.’
Burnand worked for Rowland for three years, before which she was
international media relations manager for life sciences company Rhone
Poulenc in Paris.
The Bioindustry Association counts over 200 members, including
pharmaceutical companies such as Cantab Pharmaceuticals, the
Chiroscience Group and Vanguard Medica.