Hello and welcome to our final newsletter of 2017!
This month we led a Japan-UK life sciences session at Genesis, for which I would like to thank our speakers from AMED, LINK-J, Imperial College London and Imanova, and we have included the presentations below for those who couldn’t make it.
Eliot and I met with Lord Henley, the new Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who has recently taken on the life sciences brief, following the departure from Government of Lord Prior. This was an introductory meeting, but we had a useful discussion about next steps on the Industrial Strategy. MedCity was part of a group of cluster organisations meeting with the minister, including colleagues from the NHSA, G4W and NHS Research Scotland, and it is very positive to be working with colleagues as we look at the “place” and cluster related issues emerging from the strategy and the Life Sciences Sector Deal.
Just a heads up for those of you who are attending J.P. Morgan week in San Francisco at the start of January, do come along to our ‘Generation Genome’ session with the BIA and Genomics England on 8 January where Eliot will be speaking alongside Genomics England, Congenica, Inivata and others. You can sign up here.
Congratulations to King’s College London’s Professor Fiona Watt FRS who has been selected as the government’s preferred candidate to be the Executive Chair of the Medical Research Council in April 2018.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has come along to our events, taken part in our programmes and campaigns, sought our expertise, and everyone we have connected with this year! It has been another fantastic year for MedCity and I wish you all a restful break and I look forward to seeing everyone in 2018.