Inspiring life sciences industry partnerships

Taking place on Wednesday 16 May at Winstanley House in Leicester, an upcoming one-day showcase will to bring together academic scientists, clinicians and businesses from across the globe, to forge engagement opportunities, identify ‘two-way people exchanges’ and future research project ideas for development.

The event will encompass a series of fast-paced, snapshot presentations followed by a thought-provoking futuristic view of the world of healthcare presented by leading pharmaceutical and life sciences expert, Jo Pisani from PWC . There will then be an exclusive opportunity to participate in partnering discussions in a unique one-to-one ‘speed networking’ type of environment.

The showcase event is the first activity in the University’s new, 18-month, IAX programme funded through the Medical Research Council’s Proximity to Discovery Scheme.

The aim of the overall IAX programme is to drive engagement and create relationships between academia and healthcare, bio-medical and pharmaceutical industry partners through creative ways that will encompass workshops, academic industry training courses and two-way secondments.

The College of Life Sciences, headed by Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Life Sciences, Dean of Medicine Professor Philip Baker (pictured), is leading the IAX programme and already has outstanding achievements including the development of DNA fingerprinting, vital advances in fighting heart disease, cancer, respiratory diseases and diabetes, and developments in forensic psychology.

Professor Baker said: “This is the first event in a whole series of activity over the next 18 months and it will be an exciting and stimulating day for everyone who attends.

“The event will present an ideal way to identify meaningful collaborations that will both enhance industry research needs and knowledge and bring valuable business research practice back to the University. I very much look forward to welcoming everyone to our showcase event.”

Places are limited, so early booking is encouraged. To register for the event, visit the website.