MedCity Update – January 2015
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From Dr Eliot Forster, Executive Chair of MedCity

Happy new year and welcome to the first MedCity newsletter of 2015. We ended 2014 with yet more good news about the incredibly high quality of research across our region, this time from the Research Excellence Framework which published its results in the week before Christmas. I know preparing for REF14 was incredibly demanding for our academic partners, and I hope you have all taken some time to relax and celebrate your success over the festive break.

News of a more practical nature is that MedCity is excited to be moving to offices at the London Bioscience Innovation Centre – please find our new contact details below. This is a great fit for us, and huge thanks also go to the Wellcome Trust for housing us in MedCity’s infancy.

Finally, please don’t forget that Angels in MedCity workshops continue throughout 2015, and we hold our first pitching event in February – details below.

MedCity’s new contact details

Please contact MedCity at:
2 Royal College Street
London NW1 0NH
Tel: 020 7691 3588

REF14 shows golden triangle research is world-leading

London, Cambridge and Oxford universities are home to a critical mass of internationally leading research, according to the results of the Research Excellence Framework, published in December. Top 10 institutions when ranked by grade point average include the Institute of Cancer Research, Imperial College London, London School of Economics, Oxford, Cambridge, King’s College London, University College London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
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Angels in MedCity workshops and pitching events for 2015

Launched in October 2014 to significantly increase angel investment for emerging life sciences companies, Angels in MedCity is holding a series of events for investors and entrepreneurs through 2015. The next free investor workshop takes place on Thursday 15 January, and applications are now open for companies to attend the first pitching event on Thursday 26 February.
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Mayor supports ICR plans for major cancer research campus in Sutton

Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits the Institute of Cancer Research’s Sutton campus to support proposals for large-scale cancer centre focusing on research, diagnosis, treatment, education and commercialisation.

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Pfizer announces London Gene Therapy Unit

A new Gene Therapy Unit focusing on rare diseases will be set up in London and headed by King’s College London’s Professor Michael Linden, Pfizer has announced.
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Cell Therapy Catapult to create global manufacturing site

The Cell Therapy Catapult will create its £55m manufacturing site at the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst, it announced in December. Expected to open in 2017, the centre will manufacture late phase clinical trial and commercial therapeutic products, including cell and gene therapies.
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Lightpoint Medical raises £2m for technology to detect cancer during surgery

New imaging technology that for the first time enables surgeons to detect cancer in real time during operations has moved a step closer to market, thanks to a £2m funding round by UK medical device company Lightpoint Medical. The technology is currently in clinical trials at Guy’s Hospital. 

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Tech London Advocates announces first Health Tech prize

11Health, a company founded by Michael Seres following his experiences as a patient recovering from a rare bowel transplant, has won Tech London Advocates’ first Health Tech prize. The company will benefit from a tailored support package to accelerate its growth. The 2015 prize is now open to applications, with a deadline of 28 February.

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Coming up

Biophysics and bioengineering across scales, The Crick
European funding opportunities for SMEs, Innovate UK

Venture research and other adventures, University College London
BIA Gala Dinner, BioIndustry Association


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MedCity was established in April 2014 by the Mayor of London with the capital’s three Academic Health Science Centres – Imperial College Academic Health Centre, King’s Health Partners and UCL Partners.

The next edition of MedCity Update will be sent in the first week of February 2015.



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