MedCity Update – February 2017
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Sarah Haywood

Welcome – Sarah Haywood, CEO, MedCity

I can’t quite believe it’s been a year since the launch of DigitalHealth.London, but yesterday’s summit highlighted the strength of this fantastic team. From “hacking” STPs, to virtual reality in patient care, it was a packed day that demonstrated how digital is transforming healthcare, and it’s exciting to be a part of it. Find out who won the NHS Digital Pioneer Awards below.

I’m also pleased to tell you all that MedCity’s first ever Biomedical Research Centres event was a great success. We had inspiring speakers from across the NIHR, a brilliant showcase of the BRCs’ expertise, and above all great feedback on how useful it was to be able to connect and share ideas. We are looking at doing similar events in the future so watch this space.

Phil has just returned from Japan where we joined up with Imperial College to present the opportunities in our region to key players in academia, pharma and biotech. He also helped to form the agenda for BioJapan in October which will focus on regenerative medicine, drug discovery and the interface between digital and life sciences.

We have also been busy reviewing applications for our Collaborate to Innovate programme, which will connect 15 SMEs with academic research groups and provide up to £100k funding. I am really excited about the calibre of applicants and I will update you on the winners next month!

BRC event

Showcasing the BRCs’ expertise at The Wellcome Collection

We hosted our first NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Showcase this month, highlighting 10 BRCs’ scientific expertise and successes, which was attended by 120 delegates. If you couldn’t make it to our event, you can view some of the presentations by clicking below.

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Calling digital health startups & SMEs!

Applications for Cohort 2 of the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator are now open. Gain insight into the NHS and support to refine your products and scale up across healthcare in London.


Find out more & apply


New Centre for Life Sciences

Good news! Another science development for the region as Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust announce plans for a major new centre for Life Sciences in Whitechapel.


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Life sciences Whitechapel

Angels in MedCity – Oxford Information Evening

We are hosting our first Oxford information evening with Pennington Manches for both investors and companies seeking investment to find out more about Angels in MedCity.

Book a place


Improving BioPharma Boardroom diversity

A Liftstream study revealed that women represent only 10% of BioPharma board directors. Join us in debating the advantages of a diverse boardroom and solutions to address this issue.

Find out more


BioPharma Diversity
Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst

Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst turns 5

The open innovation campus celebrated its 5th birthday this month. A celebration is planned for later this year to showcase their successes and provide detail on their plans for phase 2 of the development.


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DigitalHealth.London: Celebrating and inspiring digital innovation 

The DigitalHealth.London/Collaborate event was attended by over 120 NHS leaders yesterday to discuss ‘Why Tomorrow’s Patient Needs A Digital NHS’. An incredibly lively event and it was great to celebrate those making a difference at the Digital Pioneer Awards.


Who won?




Digital Health goes to Orlando

Neelam and Prasshy are at HIMMS 2017 this week – the largest Health IT conference in the US, promoting our digital health campaign with London & Partners. 


Want to find out the top 10 reasons why London and the South East is a digital health hub?



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 March 2017.

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