Oxford is the home of life sciences innovation, with investors drawn to its leading academic talent and heavy focus on technology. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the industry underwent a digital transformation. In this EG Cities Live podcast, we will explore how life sciences companies can harness such a transformation and boost business growth. We will ask how the commercial real estate sector can support office-to-lab conversions, what digital strategies should be implemented to enable lab automation and how the built environment can help digital transformation in the wider life sciences sector.
Associate editor, EG
Cahill has almost 20 years’ experience in real estate and business journalism, covering a wide range of topics. She helps ensure EG delivers the best, most helpful, most accurate and, of course, most interesting content to EG’s readership across all platforms – print, online and audio.
Founder and chief executive, Mission Street
Artem Korolev is the founder and chief executive of Mission Street. Over a five-year period, he built the company into one of the UK’s leading specialist investors and developers in science and innovation real estate, with a committed development pipeline in excess of 1m sq ft in Cambridge, Oxford and Bristol. Korolev was previously head of UK acquisitions and a member of the founding team of GreenOak Real Estate (now BentallGreenOak). Korolev’s track record spans development, asset management, real estate private equity and finance. This includes property acquisitions and corporate M&A, leading end-to-end delivery of complex development and asset management projects across the UK, and structuring debt and equity financing.
Chief executive, Oxford University Development
Strongman is chief executive of Oxford University Development, a joint venture between Oxford University and Legal & General set up to build innovation districts and subsidised accommodation for graduate students and the university workforce. She was previously managing partner of Argent LLP in London, where she spent 12 years executing a range of asset, development and business planning projects. Highlights included leading the asset management of King’s Cross, developing Coal Drops Yard, and setting up a build-to-rent portfolio with JV partner Related. Strongman was instrumental in building the business from 40 people to a team of 200 over a 10-year period. Before joining Argent, Strongman worked in the planning and economic development team of Arup, worked for DTZ in Scotland, and lived in Japan for 18 months, where she studied Japanese and conducted research at the Japan Productivity Centre as a Daiwa scholar.
Head of commercial agency, Savills
Rowton-Lee is the head of commercial agency at Savills Oxford Botley. He has been with the firm since 2015, specialising in the south east office and industrial areas. Rowton-Lee has experience in providing a diverse range of advice to high-profile office and industrial/logistics schemes in the Thames Valley and midlands regions, both in town centres and out-of-town office/science parks and industrial/logistics estates. His expertise extends to capital markets in most commercial sectors in the south and midlands for clients acquiring and disposing of assets. These clients include major property companies, developers, institutional and opportunity funds, private investors and corporate clients.
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