Welcome – new Mayor and team changes too
On May 8th 2016 London elected a new Mayor. MedCity has sent it warmest congratulations to the new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. We look forward to working with him to keep on growing the London life science hub and the broader region covering the Cambridge – London – Oxford golden triangle. The new Mayor’s priorities on housing, transport, health and entrepreneurship are all areas which touch our work. These are all critical to ensuring that the region can compete globally as a hub for life sciences and as a centre for the development of digital technologies within healthcare.
Our space study, released this month and featured below in this newsletter, is a testament to how strong our sector is. However, action is needed to ensure that it will continue to thrive; support on issues such as planning will be needed from the Mayor and from Government, working together.
In just over a week the MedCity team will be packing its bags for BIO 2016 in San Francisco. We will be based on the UK Pavillion to showcase the great spaces available in London for bioscience, outlining the opportunity for access to investment and marketing the first class cell and gene therapy capability of the region, amongst other activities. We are also looking forward to supporting the small businesses that will be with us as part of the Mayor’s International Business Programme (for more information check out gotogrow.london).
I am also delighted to welcome some recent arrivals within the MedCity team –
Mohammad Daou, who is our new Business Support apprentice
Riam Kanso, who joins us from UCL Enterprise to run our Collaborate to Innovate programme (to be launched soon – watch this space for more in coming weeks)
Sinéad Kearns, who has completed her PhD in London, and joined the team recently as our Analyst
Prasshy Jeyarajan, who has completed her PhD at Oxford and has joined the Business Marketing team at London & Partners as the life sciences and digital health specialist
Sadly, this month we also said goodbye to Abigail Smith, who had been working with MedCity as our Communications and PR Manager since we launched back in April, 2014. Abigail hasn’t gone far, as she is now working for UCL, and we wish her all the very best.
As always, if you want to get in touch with the team you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.