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Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x, 25th November, 2016. 18.00 GMT

ALDERLEY PARK FEATURE | 12

of the Medicines Discovery Catapult, and my day surprisingly reverted to
its initial unpromising start. These are the level of people I have inter-
viewed with courtesy and success in many different countries for leading
US, UK, French and international outlets for decades. Five of us
crowded into a tiny room (remember the two flaks) were joined by an-
other public relations professional.

The CEO had been in place only three days. Matters became slightly
tense. The strategy I asked about in general terms, and with innocent
enthusiasm, turned out to be a specific document under wraps and
awaiting decisions from Innovate UK. I found I had careened without
warning, and with no way to know of the hazard, into a no-go area. I
wondered why on earth these people were wasting my time and there's
and had agreed to let me interview them. This was not a meeting I had
specifically requested. It had been presented to me as something int-
eresting to see and talk about at Alderley Park. Wrong footed and
indignant I was not quick enough to write down the trade names of the
list of compounds the CEO rattled off. Nor have I any idea why he was
reciting them.

With relief I let my handlers shepherd me to my next meetings. These
were with one of the BioHub tenants, and with the people in charge of
relating to the customers of Alderley Park.

I am not certain that in isolation it would help the readers of Science,
People & Politics
to know details of either exchanges, and it might show
undue favouritism. Suffice to say I would gladly have spent half a day
with the entrepreneur, a former Astra Zeneca employee who, after
asking me about my background, explained in simple language how and
why his company was developing its product for market.

As a regular attendee of University of Bradford's business networking I
thought how clear what he was saying was. No seminar needed to reach
for meaning. His words demonstrated what might be an important
selling point for Alderley, namely its mentoring through various commu-
nication fora. The Park also works with architectural principles and in-
ternal design to create spaces for different sorts of business interactions.
There are, for example, clusters and locations for communal solitude.

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