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The future of science innovation

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The future of science innovation: building collaborations between academia start-ups and industry

Science start-ups and academic research are pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation in the scientific sector. Only a small proportion of them reach fruition. Of those success stories, solid relationships with industrial partners have enabled start-ups to grow and pioneering research to reach the public. Industrial partners have potential to offer expertise in commercialising a business and providing avenues to investment. Likewise, it is hugely beneficial for larger businesses, that no longer maintain their research and development strategies, to out-source their innovation from smaller companies. It has been shown firms promoting innovation grow twice as fast at those who do not innovate.

Without this foundation for effective collaborations, start-ups cannot realise their full potential, and corporates stagnate. In such instances, barriers to initiating and maintaining collaborations are often based on a plethora of issues, such as a perception by corporates for collaborations to be too “high-risk” and the mismatch in goals and business strategies between start-ups and corporates.

Policymakers, from research councils to government, have the tools to tackle these issues that include: educating corporates to innovate and academics to be enterprising, creating grants and incubators, and building relationships.

In this event, we will be holding an interactive panel discussion that will aim to dissect these key issues and give an opportunity for policymakers to propose solutions to these. Points of interest will include:

  • How can policymakers encourage corporates to value start-ups as high potential gain?
  • What can be done to maintain relationships between corporates and start-ups after incubators?
  • What can policymakers do to shift culture in academic institutions to become more enterprising in their research?
  • What strategies can be implemented to overcome regulatory hurdles, especially in the life sciences sector?

We welcome policymakers, academics and entrepreneurs working with science start-ups and corporates.

AGENDA

17.45 - 18.15: Registration
18.15 - 18.30: Introduction of KCLIF and Panelists
- Prof. Jackie Hunter CBE, CEO of Benevolent Bio
- Prof. Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE, Serial Entrepreneur
- Dr. Jim Totty, Managing Partner at STIL
- Dr. Duncan Young, Associate Director at Scientific Partnering and Alliances, AstraZeneca

18.30 - 19.30: Panel Discussion
19.30 - 20.00: Q&A
20.00 - Onwards: Networking with Drinks and Canapés

PANELISTS:

- Prof. Jackie Hunter, CEO of Benevolent Bio, has over thirty years of experience in the bioscience research sector, working across academia and industry including leading neurology and gastrointestinal drug discovery and early clinical development for GlaxoSmithKline. She founded OI Pharma Partners in 2010 to support the life science sector in harnessing the power of open innovation and most recently was Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

- Prof. Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE, a London-based financier, entrepreneur, charity chairman and philanthropist, with over 25 years’ experience of business startups, turnarounds and public companies. He has served on Boards in Europe and the USA as CEO, Chairman or senior non-executive director on both public and private companies.

- Dr. Duncan Young, Associate Director in the Scientific Partnering and Alliances team at AstraZeneca – responsible for university collaborations, oncology business development and open innovation interactions for the portfolio. Duncan has a wealth of experience in the interface between industry and academia, technology transfer and translational research.

- Dr. Jim Totty, Jim has 20 years' experience in sustainable and clean technology, gained through his previous roles including Citi, PricewaterhouseCoopers and earlier academic work. Kim is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and holds an MA in Physics from the University of Cambridge and a MSc and PhD in Physics from Imperial College, University of London..


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