BRC Showcase

Welcome – Sarah Haywood, CEO, MedCity

I want to start by thanking everyone who attended our NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Showcase this month – I hope you gained a deeper understanding of the BRCs’ expertise and the opportunities for collaboration. And thank you to the eight BRCs and the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult who made the day a success.

A new report from the European Patent Office has revealed that the number of UK pharma applications it received jumped 15.7% between 2017 and the previous year – narrowly behind the USA’s 17.6%. Earlier this week, at our latest Angels in MedCity workshop, Gill Jennings & Avery reminded investors that patents are not the only way to protect invention and innovation. Nevertheless, it is great to see this statistic because it shows that the UK continues to be a driver of new ideas and commercial opportunity. It was also fantastic to see that Oxford Nanopore, who star in our Genomics campaign, raised £100m to support its commercial expansion.

Just a reminder that applications for the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme will close on 13 April! So make sure you apply today for the chance to get 1:1 support from an NHS Navigator, with help to refine your product, gain market knowledge, and the opportunity to showcase your innovations. The Accelerator has now also expanded outside of London, to East Midlands, Manchester and South West England – read more here.

Finally, we are now starting to look towards London Tech Week in June and we are working with Health Foundry, DigitalHealth.London and Tech London Advocates Health Working Group on an event for start-ups and scale-ups. Find out how you can take part in the event or sign up to come along on the day here.

Thank you and I hope you have a great Easter break.


MedCity’s Company of the Month

This month we spoke to James Field, CEO of LabGenius, a London-based startup which combines AI, DNA synthesis and robotics to discover high-value biological molecules, and recently raised $3.6m.


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James Field

Watch again! #BRCShowcase2018

This month, we hosted our second NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Showcase, focused on cell and gene therapy research, which had some fantastic speakers, masterclasses and exhibitions. Take a look at the videos from the day, download the presentations and read our BRC directory here.


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New partnership for Imperial and Shionogi 

Great collaboration news this month as Imperial College London researchers partner with Japanese pharmaceutical firm Shionogi as part of an effort to tackle hard to treat infections. 


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Imperial Shionogi

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3D scanning company first to set up at new Oxford centre

Oxford University spin-out Fuel3D is the first company to move into Oxford Science Park’s new Schrödinger Building. Providing 61,500 sq ft of accommodation, the £13m building is expected to house 300-400 people once completed.


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Anglia Ruskin

New medical schools for Chelmsford and Kent

As part of plans to increase the medical workforce, the government is launching five new medical schools in areas that have traditionally struggled to attract and recruit doctors, including at Anglia Ruskin University and a joint school between Canterbury Christ Church University and University of Kent.


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Iceland donates £10m for new UCL dementia facility

The Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation has donated £10m, funded by the sale of 5p carrier bags and donations, to support the development of a hub at the new UK Dementia Research Institute, a year ahead of schedule. 


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Iceland donation

7 Tesla (7T) MRI scanner comes to London

A state-of-the-art ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging machine will be the first of its kind in London and located at St Thomas’ Hospital, where a new clinical imaging research facility will be created to support its use.


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Video: The London Cancer Hub 

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and London Borough of Sutton are working in partnership to create The London Cancer Hub – a global centre for cancer innovation. Take a look at this new video to see what is happening there.


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London Cancer Hub

Jellagen hits next milestone

Great news for marine biotechnology company, Jellagen Pty Ltd, which has received funding through Angels in MedCity, as they achieve LQRA certification to manufacture medical grade jellyfish collagen biomaterials for the medical device market.


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London Mayor calls for UK to stay in Single Market

We have been working with the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, earlier this month to promote a GLA report highlighting the importance of staying in the Single Market and Customs Union, so that patients can continue to access vital medicines and innovative treatments.


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Imperial Shionogi
SEHTA MedTech Awards

Mayor’s MedTech winners announced

Five London companies triumphed at the Mayor’s first MedTech Business Awards this month. An AI-based “clinical sat-nav” for doctors and patients, a communications app for people with speech and language difficulties, and a new system for ordering NHS prescriptions straight to your door, were some of the winners.


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DH.L/Collaborate Summit 2018

DigitalHealth.London is hosting its second annual Collaborate Summit, looking at Digital Therapeutics in the NHS. The summit will explore the process for getting the most out of proven digital solutions, focusing on the evidence base, what we know now and how this should be informing how we make decisions. Take a look and sign up.


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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 April 2018.

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