Major Tim Peake opened Harwell Campus' Accelerating Healthcare Innovation conference on 21 September, drawing on his personal interest in life sciences and his time on the International Space Station. Major Peake launched the UK’s Human Spaceflight Capitalisation Office at Harwell, which will help to harness the endeavours of all UK space activities and assets related to human space flight. The specific aim being to contribute to meeting the Government’s ambition to expand the UK’s share of the space market to £40bn by 2030 and to create over 100,000 new jobs.

Over 250 delegates attended the event, where Sir John Bell, George Freeman MP and Lord Drayson, also shared their views on how inter-disciplinary collaboration and research is bringing about new discoveries in healthcare detection, prevention and management

Tim Peake has a personal interest in life sciences and during his time on the International Space Station he undertook numerous experiments in space. These have informed many research projects, helping to provide solutions including applications that will aid the detection, prevention and management of different threats to human health.

Major Peake said “Keeping humans healthy in space is an extraordinary achievement. This is only possible through collaboration across different disciplines – a winning approach which also works to keep humans healthy on Earth.”

Dr Ghinelli, Director of Business Development at Harwell, said “Collaboration at Harwell between key science facilities, academia, the public sector and industry is now feeding the growth of a research and innovation cluster in healthcare that’s set to complement the existing space cluster here on campus, forging a crossover between space, advanced technologies and the life and biomedical sciences.”

Sir John Bell, Regius Professor at the University of Oxford and keynote speaker at the Accelerating Healthcare Innovation event said “The Oxfordshire life science cluster is one of the most successful in the world and we are keen to exploit Harwell’s unique research capabilities in the physical sciences and data analysis to accelerate innovation in this vital field.”

As part of the event, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide a framework for collaboration and cooperation between the International Space University and Harwell Campus was officially signed by representatives of the International Space University, STFC, Harwell Campus and the Satellite Applications Catapult.

The conference webcast is available to view at username: Harwell password: User2016