MedCity Update – January 2016
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From Sarah Haywood, MedCity’s CEO

Happy new year from all at MedCity! We’re looking forward to a fantastic and busy 2016, with some major activities already well under way – including our event with the London Stock Exchange and BIA at Biotech Showcase, taking place as you read this, and our second Future of Healthcare Investor Forum at the end of January, again with the London Stock Exchange, who we are thrilled to be working so closely with. You can read more about both events below.

We’re also gearing up for the launch of DigitalHealth.London in February, which we believe will bring big benefits for patients, the NHS, and growing businesses in the region and beyond. We’ll be able to give full details shortly, but in the meantime please do keep in touch with this major new initiative through its Twitter feed.

Finally, huge congratulations to Sir Harpal Kumar, CEO of Cancer Research UK and a member of MedCity’s Advisory Board, who was knighted in the New Year Honours list. It’s a well-deserved honour and recognises both the pioneering work of CRUK and his exemplary leadership of it.

Look to London for life sciences listings – Biotech Showcase

The opportunities and benefits of listing in London and the strength of the UK’s private fundraising market are being highlighted at Biotech Showcase. MedCity and the London Stock Exchange are joined at the event in San Francisco by PureTech Health, a US company that floated in London in 2015, plus leading figures from the BioIndustry Assocation, Woodford Investment Management, and RBC Capital. 
Read more

DPharm Europe 2016

MedCity is supporting DPharm Europe 2016, focusing on disruptive ideas to advance clinical trials. This year’s event takes place 9-10 Feb at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London.  
Find out more

Space for businesses to grow – tell us what you need

Creative Places is leading a public/private initiative to explore demand from businesses and organisations involved in life sciences R&D activity for workspace in London and the wider region. If you have a current or potential R&D interest in London and want to influence future planning for growth and connectivity, please participate in this five minute online study

Read more about the study

Second Future of Healthcare Investor Forum

MedCity and the London Stock Exchange will host the second Future of Healthcare Investor Forum on Wednesday 27 January 2016. Keynote speakers include George Freeman MP, Cathrin Petty and Lord Drayson, and confirmed participating companies include AstraZeneca, UDG Healthcare, Midatech, Abzena, Immunocore, Imperial Innovations and Horizon Discovery Group. 
Find out more

“Surprised and deeply honoured” – knighthood for Harpal Kumar 

CEO of Cancer Research UK and member of MedCity’s Advisory Board Harpal Kumar has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours list for services at cancer research.
Sir Harpal said: “More than anything, this honour recognises the extraordinary innovation and dedication of our scientists and clinicians to beating cancer, the creativity and passion of our fundraisers and amazing volunteers – with their commitment to maintaining the highest standards – and the tenacity and belief of our policy and information professionals in driving change at all levels, and in providing outstanding support for cancer patients and their families.”

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World’s largest database for cancer drug discovery goes 3D, launched by Cancer Research UK and the Institute of Cancer Research

New Accelerator Building ready to open at Stevenage 

Small companies that begin in one of the UK’s bioincubators will have extra room to develop, thanks to the new Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst Accelerator Building. The building is split between labs and offices with 4,100 square metres of working space for up to 150 people. For enquiries contact
Find out more about the Accelerator Building

Imperial ThinkSpace – available for pre-let

Imperial ThinkSpace offers the chance to co-locate with a leading research university. The eleven storey Translation & Innovation Hub opens in in July 2016 at White City, and future buildings will include the Molecular Sciences Research Hub and the Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering hub. For enquiries contact 
Find out more about ThinkSpace

MedCity at Genesis – nice to meet you

Thanks to everyone who attended Genesis 2015 in December, where MedCity was a Gold Sponsor and held a breakfast briefing to update on the year’s activities and future projects. 

See more images of Genesis 2015 from OneNucleus

Call for entries: Health Tech & You Awards

The AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards are now open for entries, in seven categories, each with a distinct focus. The competition aims to recognise innovators who are leading the health tech revolution for the benefit of consumers, healthcare providers and wider society.

Find out more and enter

Coming up


LRMN and PeproTech, London Regenerative Medicine Network, 21 January
UCL Institute of Child Health Elevator Pitch, UCL, 25 February
Drug re-purposing for rare diseases, Findacure, 29 February

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MedCity was established in April 2014 by the Mayor of London with the Higher Education Funding Council for England and 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 February.


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