Burnand to bioindustry body public affairs role

The Bioindustry Association, the trade body for small and medium-sized biological sciences companies, has appointed its first public affairs director, Aisling Burnand.

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

members.



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.



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