This month, I was pleased to be invited to speak as part of a panel at the quarterly Biotechs and the City event to talk about the role of crowdfunding in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Our Angel investment programme, Angels in MedCity, recently started collaborating with life sciences crowdfunding platform, Capital Cell, which offers a really exciting investment opportunity for SMEs, as an alternative route for fundraising. It was also fantastic to see in Beauhurst’s latest report, The Deal, that two of the top 5 crowdfunding deals in Q2 of this year were for life sciences companies in our region: Peptinnovate and Jupiter Diagnostics.
We also co-hosted an event with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) this month, looking at the challenges associated with undertaking clinical research in dementia. The workshop was set up to coincide with the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017, the largest international meeting dedicated to advancing dementia science, which took place in London this month. It was great to get key industry and academic experts in a room to explore the issues and to showcase the enormous capability, resource and infrastructure that is available within the UK, through the NIHR, to support translational and clinical research in dementia. Finally, this month, we also ran a workshop with the British Standards Institution and DigitalHealth.London to address the lack of guidance for digital health SMEs in generating evidence to support the development and adoption of digital technologies. We will be sharing summaries and next steps from both events in our next update.
We are now looking forward to the next big events in our calendar – DigitalHealth.London’s one year anniversary event in September and our trip to Japan for BIO in October. We will share details about our activities in Yokohama in due course and we would love to catch up with anyone who is attending. There are also exciting new funding opportunities available through SBRI and Innovate UK, so please read on and continue to check on our website – medcityhq.com – for more details.
Enjoy the summer!