Hello – here is the first MedCity update for 2018. I have been contemplating how long you can continue to wish people a happy new year, but as it is still just about January; Happy New Year!
We started the year with a trip to JP Morgan Week in San Francisco as Eliot chaired a panel with the BIA and Genomics England on ‘Generation Genome’ to highlight the UK’s leadership in genomics. Today, I spoke at the Festival of Genomics where I presented our showcase report on the genomics ecosystem in the Golden Triangle.
We co-hosted the 4th Annual Future of Healthcare Investor Forum with the London Stock Exchange last week, where the pace of scientific breakthroughs and continued growth of the sector was celebrated. See if you can spot me above as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick MP, opened the exchange.
I attended a Cambridge University Health Partners showcase event at Homerton College this month, which highlighted the city as world-leading for life sciences. It was great to hear about the growth of the biomedical campus and the innovations coming out of AstraZeneca, AbCam and MRC’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology, as well as what is needed to continue the growth – including making the process for industry-academic collaborations smoother, increased data sharing and more basic R&D funding.
Congratulations to the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator companies that are garnering further recognition at the moment. Eight companies, including InHealthcare, Lumeon and LiveSmart, were recognised in the Journal of mHealth’s Annual Global Digital Health 100 list this month and Andiamo was in the spotlight for their $500k win at the WeWork Creator Awards. Remember that applications for DigitalHealth.London Accelerator Cohort 3 will open on 26 February and you can sign up for the information day here.
As ever, there are lots of events and funding opportunities available at the moment – don’t forget to scroll down to the end of the newsletter to ensure you don’t miss these. In particular, you may wish to sign up for our NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Showcase, focused on cell and gene therapy, which is taking place in London on 15 March. Finally, I’d like to welcome Elias Zapantis, our new Collaborate to Innovate Programme Manager, to the team – you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)20 3179 8104.