For over 10 years Instinctif Partners has supported Jeans for Genes Day which is the annual fundraising campaign for Genetic Disorders UK, the national charity that supports individuals and families affected by a genetic disorder.
On Friday 22 September we once again left our suits at home and wore our jeans to help to raise money for this great cause – helping to fund the vital care and support services that transform the lives of 1-in-25 children who have inherited a genetic disorder that makes their life very difficult.
Sue Charles, Managing Partner of Instinctif Partners Life Sciences Practice, seen modelling her jeans below, commented;-
“We are proud to continue supporting this campaign. Scientists have made great strides in both understanding our genetic make-up and in using that knowledge improve diagnosis, treatments and disease management and lifestyle management. DNA, genes and genomic science can sometimes seem a bit high-tech, so this high impact, simple event is a great way of corralling support and raising awareness."
Sue is a 30 year veteran of the biotech industry and is currently standing for election for the BioIndustry Association (BIA) Board of Directors.
Sue has been actively involved with the biotech sector for her entire career, since the mid-eighties, which was an exciting time when molecular biology was starting to drive a new industry. She gained a First Class degree in Biochemistry from Oxford, followed by PhD research at Leicester. Her passion for the emerging biotech sector led her into PR consultancy, working with many pioneering companies.
After gaining an MBA from Cranfield Business School, she founded De Facto, the UK’s first dedicated life sciences communications consultancy. Notable clients included the DTI’s £13m Biotech Means Business initiative and the global media launch of Dolly the Sheep. After a period working with venture capital companies and as an interim CEO of a biotech spin-out she founded Northbank Communications steering it through growth and M&A to become the global life sciences practice of College Hill (now re-branded as Instinctif Partners).
Her global experience spans advising early stage private to large multinational companies, seeing clients through periods of celebration and challenge, and supporting successful financings both privately and on public markets. She has also provided communications counsel to academic and not-for-profit organisations as well as numerous venture funds. She has contributed to initiatives to encourage the development of talent including as a supporter of BiotechYES and as founder of the ‘Career Alternatives for Scientists’ initiative. She was named as one of most inspirational women working in Life Sciences in the 50 Movers & Shakers in BioBusiness 2016 report.