Abingdon, UK; 9 March 2021 - OBN, the Membership organisation supporting the UK’s innovative life sciences companies, is pleased to announce FOCUS Oxford Risk Management Ltd and Partners& as OBN’s new Corporate Sponsor.

FOCUS is an independent insurance broker providing specialist advice to both business and private clients.  FOCUS has been providing specialist insurance over 30 years and in January 2021 became part of Partners&. 

Partners& provides specialist insurance advice, employee benefits, risk management and claims advice to businesses and private clients. As a next generation insurance advisory business, Partners& combines the best traditions of insurance broking (relationships and technical knowledge) with state-of-the-art systems and technology to enhance the client experience.

The combination of FOCUS and Partners& are only one of a handful of specialist advisers able to deal with the insurance needs of life science, technology, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.  They have access to special arrangements with a number of insurers who can provide the bespoke cover these industries demand.

With offices across the UK, and in particular, Oxford, London and Cambridge, they are well placed to meet the needs of OBN members wherever they are located, from start-ups to companies with global operations.

Nick Jones, Managing Director, FOCUS Oxford Risk Management Ltd, said “I am delighted that FOCUS and Partners& have become new Corporate Sponsors of OBN. As a specialist broker in the science/tech industry and with offices based nationally, we are ideally positioned to offer the specialist advice and support to all OBN Members no matter the complexity or the size of the company”.

John Harris, CEO of OBN, commented; “We are delighted to see FOCUS step up to be our latest OBN Corporate Sponsor. FOCUS are very well established independent insurance consultants with an excellent track record of strong service provision and bespoke solutions to clients within the sector. As such, they perfectly match OBN’s service philosophy, and we look forward to working closely with FOCUS to help increase their profile and generate opportunities within the sector”.




Rebecca Wilkes, Communications & Marketing Co-ordinator, OBN

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About OBN

OBN is the Membership organisation supporting and bringing together the UK’s emerging life sciences companies, corporate partners and investors. Our 400+ Member companies are located throughout the UK and benefit from our networking, partnering, purchasing, advising and advocacy activities.

OBN delivers four World-Quality flagships events per annum:


BioTrinity is a highly regarded Biopartnering and Investment Life Sciences conference which will be delivered LIVE in a fully HYBRID format with a core mission of inspiring growth and creating opportunity for all who attend (etc venues Bishopsgate, London on 21 – 25 June 2021).




BioForward is an OBN’s ‘Roadmap for Growth’ life sciences event providing leaders of growing Life Sciences companies with the knowledge, skills, connectivity, and support necessary to achieve sustainable commercial success (The King’s Centre, Oxford, 23 September 2021).




This is the UK’s leading Life Sciences awards event, celebrating innovation and outstanding achievement across the UK Life Sciences Industry (Royal Lancaster, London, 11 June 2021).




BioSeed is a unique platform for early-stage life sciences companies, TTO’s, and Universities throughout Europe seeking equity investment from angels, HNW individuals, specialist crowd-funders, and PE / VC / Pharma funders genuinely interested in seed and series A funding (London, 2022 - venue and timing TBC).




Further information about OBN’s tailored networking and partnering events, purchasing consortium, advice, consultancy services and advocacy activities is available on OBN’s website www.obn.org.uk