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Welcome – Sarah Haywood, CEO, MedCity

November has been another busy month. Hot on the heels of our return from Japan, we hosted two delegations from the Japan Health Sciences Foundation and Japan Bioindustry Association and we have also been in Cologne (Köln) in Germany for BioEurope. Eliot has been busy presenting at conferences including the FT Global Pharma and Biotech Conference and Phil presented at Life Science Invest in St Petersburg. The Francis Crick Institute was officially opened on 9 November by Her Majesty The Queen, and DigitalHealth.London has also been in full force at the GIANT health event, where I spoke alongside Imperial’s Axel Heitmueller about accelerating innovation in the NHS.

I was also pleased to see that the Government has pledged £110m for new rail links between Cambridge and Oxford, which will help to cement science, tech and innovation across the golden triangle.

As we approach December, I am delighted to let you know that MedCity has appointed Neelam Patel as COO and she will officially take up the role at the end of this month. Finally, MedCity will soon be moving office to Cocoon Networks at 4 Christopher Street, London, EC2A 2BS. We will keep you all updated and look forward to hosting you there for meetings and events.


#DigitalHealthHub launched at BioEurope


We were in Cologne this month at Europe’s biggest biotech and pharma partnering conference, joining nearly 2,000 companies from 63 countries, to showcase our thriving digital health sector. 

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Tim Peake visits Harwell

The Crick’s Royal seal of approval

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh opened the £650 million Francis Crick Institute this month – the biggest biomedical research institute in Europe – adding to an exciting mix of life sciences space across London and the South East.

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How can the BRCs help you?

Would you like to connect with the Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) and learn how to access their scientific and research capabilities? Read how Dr Nick Oliver worked with Imperial’s BRC to develop a diabetes support smartphone app and sign up for the first BRCs showcase event in February.

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Get yourself on the map

We have over 2,300 life sciences companies with a turnover of £24.5bn identified on our MedCity map of The Golden Triangle. Make sure you are on here with our quick search and add tool. 

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Looking for health tech space?

Health Foundry is a new collaborative space in Waterloo for people using digital to improve health and wellbeing. 


Funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, it’s the first coworking space in the UK dedicated to digital health. Visit the website to book a tour, sign up for a free trial day or check out their events.

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Final pitches of 2016

This month we held our seventh AiMC pitching event attended by over 80 investors and six hand-picked companies.

Since 2015 the programme has supported 43 early stage medtech and life sciences companies to raise equity funding to take their discoveries through to commercialisation.

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Digital Pioneer Awards – Open!

Would you like to recognise someone in the NHS who is leading, innovating or achieving sustainability through their use of tech? Applications for DigitalHealth.London’s Digital Pioneer are now open.

Read more and apply here

Collaborate to Innovate launches!

Eliot judges student innovation

A vaccine delivery
system for the developing world came second in a competition to find London’s
most innovative international student, co-judged by MedCity’s Dr Eliot Forster. 

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Funding and opportunities

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 December.

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