MedCity Update – August 2014
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From Dr Eliot Forster, Executive Chair of MedCity

Welcome to MedCity’s monthly newsletter for August, and thank you for your feedback on our first edition sent in July – please do keep your comments and suggestions coming.
I’m sure you will all have seen that the recent cabinet reshuffle has give us a new Minister for Life Sciences, which I see as a welcome demonstration that Government understands the significance of what we all do. I’m particularly pleased that in George Freeman we have a minister who knows the sector thoroughly, and I have contacted him to say that I hope he will view MedCity as a partner and a resource in his new role. You can read an excellent interview with George in the Independent.

AstraZeneca in Cambridge

AstraZeneca has unveiled its proposed designs for its new Global R&D Centre and Corporate Headquarters on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
Read the response from Kit Malthouse, London’s Deputy Mayor and MedCity advisory board member, here
See more from AstraZeneca here

“For sure there is funding for good deals

Views on the changing landscape of life sciences venture capital from Kate Bingham, Managing Partner at SV Life Sciences and a member of MedCity’s advisory board

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Funding for 100,000 genomes project ‘transformative’

£300m funding for a project to sequence the genetic codes of 100,000 people, led by Genomics England, wil provide a patient data set that will be the envy of the world, says Eliot Forster.
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Growing the discovery engine

Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire life sciences community meets MedCity to debate the best way to promote and grow life sciences in the region.

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MedCity x TechCity = digital health?

Routes for biomedical researchers to collaborate with tech entrepreneurs to develop digital health solutions were explored at an event led by the Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable, and “connectivity” was the buzzword of the evening.
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Life Sciences Hub Wales launched

A focal point for the life sciences and healthcare sectors in Wales has been launched by the Welsh Government with the aim of bringing together academic, business, clinical, professional services and funding organisations. Based in Cardiff Bay, the Life Sciences Hub will collaborate with other regions in the UK, and has a cooperation agreement in place with MedCity.

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Data data everywhere

How informatics and big data can transform the NHS – blog post for the London Health Board by MedCity advisory board member Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Executive Director of King’s Health Partners.
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Coming up

OBN BioThirstday: Open Life Sciences Networking Event – Oxford, OBN
Life Science Leadership Series: Investment Strategies for Life Science, OneNucleus

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