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events Jun 1, 2017

The future of science innovation

The future of science innovation: building collaborations between academia start-ups and industry


Jun 1, 2017


09:00 AM


Harvard Auditorium Bush House, King's College London Strand Campus 30 Aldwych London WC2B 4BG

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  • How can policymakers encourage corporates to value start-ups as high potential gain?
  • What can be done to maintain relationships between corporates and start-ups after incubators?
  • What can policymakers do to shift culture in academic institutions to become more enterprising in their research?
  • What strategies can be implemented to overcome regulatory hurdles, especially in the life sciences sector?

We welcome policymakers, academics and entrepreneurs working with science start-ups and corporates.



Prof. Jackie Hunter, CEO of Benevolent Bio, has over thirty years of experience in the bioscience research sector, working across academia and industry including leading neurology and gastrointestinal drug discovery and early clinical development for GlaxoSmithKline. She founded OI Pharma Partners in 2010 to support the life science sector in harnessing the power of open innovation and most recently was Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

Prof. Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE, a London-based financier, entrepreneur, charity chairman and philanthropist, with over 25 years’ experience of business startups, turnarounds and public companies. He has served on Boards in Europe and the USA as CEO, Chairman or senior non-executive director on both public and private companies.

Dr. Duncan Young, Associate Director in the Scientific Partnering and Alliances team at AstraZeneca – responsible for university collaborations, oncology business development and open innovation interactions for the portfolio. Duncan has a wealth of experience in the interface between industry and academia, technology transfer and translational research.

Dr. Jim Totty, Jim has 20 years' experience in sustainable and clean technology, gained through his previous roles including Citi, PricewaterhouseCoopers and earlier academic work. Kim is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and holds an MA in Physics from the University of Cambridge and a MSc and PhD in Physics from Imperial College, University of London..