The BioIndustry Association (BIA) has seen Harren Jhoti and Will West become new members of its board of directors at the organisation’s annual general meeting in October.

The new board members will serve from 1 January 2013 for a term of two years – the BIA also re-elected Allan Marchington to the board.

Tim Edwards, the BIA’s chairman, said: “I would like to welcome our new Board members and congratulate our re-elected Board member. As a result of these appointments, I believe our board continues to broaden its outlook and experience, and I look forward to working with them and the BIA team to ensure the UK remains a world-leading location for the life sciences.

"I would also like to thank Andrew Heath and Dominique Klein who are standing down at the end of the year for their service to the BIA and its members."

The new Board appointments follow the arrival of the new BIA chief executive, Steve Bates, who joined the organisation in July.

Commenting on his first few weeks at the BIA, Bates said: “I am delighted to see there has been a pipeline of new companies joining the BIA during the last 12 months. Companies such as Bicycle Therapeutics Ltd, F Star, Horizon Discovery Ltd, PolyTherics Ltd and Prosonix Ltd represent the next generation of UK bioscience.

“I am sure that the opportunity provided by the BIA for these companies to interact with our service provider members will help them become successful more quickly.”