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Healthcare Conference and Pitch Event
Date: Tuesday 28 May
Time: 7:00 pm (ends by 10:00 pm)
Location: BDO (Baker Street / Marble Arch tube stations)
Topic: taking advantage of the changing landscape of the European healthcare sector.
The event will consist of the following:
- an expert panel of investors and entrepreneurs
- pitches by four early stage companies (with Q&A)
- an opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and investors in the healthcare space
Healthcare is one of the largest sectors of the UK economy and one of the most dynamic due to considerable research investment and the on-going NHS restructuring. There was more R&D performed in the pharmaceutical sector than any other, with expenditure in 2010 at £4.6 billion, representing 29% of all UK R&D spending. However, It is estimated that only 30-70% of patients respond positively to any particular drug. Even the best medicines are not equally effective in all patients. Recent advances in science, particularly in molecular biology and genomics, mean that it is sometimes possible to identify the underlying molecular mechanisms of disease (in particular their genetic causes) in patients. The Stratified Medicine (Personalized Medicine) Innovation Platform seeks to build on the UK’s strength within the global healthcare industries and put it at the centre of the next generation of medicine. In December 2012 Prime Minister David Cameron said that the government's National Health Service (NHS) has earmarked £100 million, or about $160 million, to the effort. The money is part of a £600 million government healthcare investment announced for research in the coming years. The sequencing is expected to take 3 to 5 years.

- Dr Stephen Parker, Venture Capitalist, Celtic Pharma Holdings
- Thibaut De Cours (WG 2003), Healthcare entrepreneur
- Yelda Kaya (CBS 2008), Business Development, GlaxoSmithKline
Moderator: Dr Vernon Harten-Ash (WG 1994), healthcare entrepreneur

Selected Startups: TBA (applications still open, see below)
Schedule: 45min expert panel followed by 1 hour startup pitch session and a networking cocktail (provided).
Organisation: This event has been organised by the Wharton Entrepreneur Group, the Wharton Healthcare networks and the Columbia Business Angels Network in London.

Volunteers: Vernon Harten-Ash (WG 1994), Thibaut De Cours (WG 2003), Matt Kingswood (WG 2003), Emmanuel Léonard (CU 2007). .

About the Columbia Angel & Entrepreneurs Network

Started in 2012, the "Columbia Alumni Angels & Entrepreneurs Network in London" is a group of alumni interested in entrepreneurship and early-stage investing in private companies on an individual basis. We operate within the umbrella of the CBS Alumni Club in London but are open to all Columbia alumni and others affiliated with the University. We organize conferences and pitch events regularly to offer our alumni a regular flow of great investment opportunities as well as networking moments.

Entrepreneurs: Call for Pitches!
This event offers four selected companies in the broad healthcare sector the chance to present their business and network with investors.
Applications are still open. If you want to apply, please send a short presentation of your project/business to the contacts below.
Contact: el2332 (at) and vernon (at)