MedCity was part of the organising team for Harwell’s ‘Accelerating Healthcare Innovation’ event which took place a few weeks ago. For those of you who don’t know the Harwell Campus, it is a fantastic mix of major, national infrastructure, such as the Diamond Light Source, coupled with academic and industry teams, and the Satellite Applications Catapult.
The event marked the launch of the fantastically named Human Spaceflight Capitalisation Office which is all about making the most of the life sciences and healthcare R&D potential of space missions. It was a privilege to hear Tim Peake talk about his time on the International Space Station and some of the research activity he had been engaged in. As I left Harwell I reflected on the fantastic innovation opportunities that arise when two different sectors are co-located: the space science cluster alongside Harwell’s healthcare and life sciences capability, all a short drive away from Oxford. George Freeman, speaking at the event, summed it up for me – multi-disciplinary research is at the heart of our cluster, coupled with a profound embracing of innovation.
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