London’s top 1,000 most influential figures have been named and celebrated by the Evening Standard, with life sciences researchers, clinicians and business leaders featuring prominently in the list

The Progress 1000 includes MedCity’s Executive Chair Eliot Forster, alongside Advisory Board members Sir Paul Nurse, Director of the Francis Crick Institute, and Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK.

The leaders of London’s world-leading universities and research institutions are lauded – Alice Gast of Imperial College London, Michael Arthur of University College London, Craig Calhoun of London School of Economics, Edward Byrne of King’s College London, Peter Piot of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Jeremy Farrar and Baroness Manningham-Buller of the Wellcome Trust.

Medical leaders are also recognised, including Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies, Edward Baker of the Care Quality Commission, Sir Robert Naylor, Chief Executive of University College London Hospitals, Tracey Batten, Chief Executive of Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust, Anne Rainsberry, London Director of NHS England, Chris Ham, Chief Executive of the King’s Fund, Martin Gore, Medical Director of the Royal Marsden, and Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive of Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust

Leading researchers and clinicians making a difference to people’s lives and changing our understanding of human biology are also named on the list. They include Imperial’s Professor Molly Stevens, a pioneer in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering, Robert Bentley, Director of Trauma at King’s College Hospital, and Professor Nazneen Rahman of the Institute of Cancer Research, one of the UK’s leading experts on breast, ovarian and childhood cancers.

Sir Andrew Witty, GlaxoSmithKline’s CEO, represents the UK’s rich pharmaceutical industry on the list.

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