MedCity Update – February 2018
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Sarah Haywood

Welcome – Sarah Haywood, CEO, MedCity

Greetings from arctic conditions in the south east of England as we grapple with the “beast from the East” – the sun might be shining and the grass looking green in the pictures above, but this is not what it looks like right now!

Our focus at the moment is the region’s work on genomic medicine.  If you have not done so already, have a look at our site – thank you to everyone who has contributed so far and for sharing and presenting our expertise in this area. It’s fantastic to see that Genomics England has hit the halfway mark for the sequencing of 100,000 Genomes Project; that sets the UK on track to be the global ‘go to’ destination in the fast emerging genomics sector.

Also, great news for DigitalHealth.London this week as the Accelerator programme has expanded into three other regions across England, helping to develop and deploy digital solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing the NHS. To find out more and to learn how to be considered for the next cohort, please see farther down in this newsletter. I am looking forward to meeting some of the prospective companies at the Information Day we are hosting here at MedCity’s HQ this Friday, 2nd March. DigitalHealth.London has also teamed up with UK Israel Tech Hub, IBM and UCLPartners to launch an accelerator aimed at connecting Israeli startups in the digital health field with the UK NHS.

It’s now just two weeks until one of our flagship events of 2018 as we bring together eight BRCs from across the region to showcase their work in cell and gene therapies – find out more below – we have a small number of places left for this event, so if you want to engage with this exciting area of translational medicine, you can still sign up here.

We also have the dates in the diary for the next Angels in MedCity events – we have a Medtech Devices and Diagnostics Investor Workshop on 27 March, which will be hosted by Newable at their office in Barbican and an Entrepreneur Pitching Event on 24 April at The Francis Crick Institute. Find out more and sign up here:

I look forward to seeing many of you soon at one of these upcoming events.

Best wishes Sarah


New tech to prevent strokes rolled out across UK

More than 6,000 devices were distributed to GP practices, pharmacies and NHS community clinics across England during National Heart Month this February, in an initiative to detect irregular heart rhythm by the Academic Health Science Networks.

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Collaborating in cell and gene therapy

In two weeks, we will bring together eight NIHR BRCs and the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult for a showcase event around their expertise in cell and gene therapy. Find out what we have in store in Neelam’s blog – and sign up!

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BRC event
Smarter London

Cambridge, London & Oxford get share of data science funding

Health Data Research UK is awarding £30m funding to six sites across the UK, bringing them together to address challenging healthcare issues through the use of data science.

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The Genomics Revolution in the Golden Triangle

The Deputy Mayor of London for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, explains why London is a leading destination for Genomics in this blog in support of our campaign to encourage collaborations with our Genomics ecosystem.

Read here

Rajesh Agrawal

New £42m research centre for Cambridge

The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute), led by the University of Cambridge, seeks to create a world-leading asset for the NHS by improving the science behind healthcare organisation and delivery.

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Are you ready?

Applications for the third DigitalHealth.London Accelerator cohort are now open! Get involved in one of their information days and sign up here.

Head on over 


Solving the NHS’s challenges through tech

From this week, digital health companies can  apply to three new regional accelerators around the country that have been set up as an expansion of DigitalHealth.London.

Find out more


Launched in April 2014, MedCity is a collaboration between the Mayor of London, Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre, King’s Health Partners, UCL Partners, Cambridge University Health Partners and Oxford Academic Health Science Centre. 

The next edition of MedCity Update will be sent in March 2018.