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BioClusters Seminar: Collaboration, Competition and Funding


Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London SW1Y 5BJ
30 November 2016
This event is part of the Genesis Fringe. It is free to attend, to register please click on the 'Delegate Registration' button on the top of the page. 

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The ‘cluster effect’ in technology rich regions and its impact on economic development are well documented and many theories are proposed on how Government intervention can enhance these effects. Often not discussed or shared however is the insight of what truly helps the innovative institutions and companies when it comes to their competitiveness. Success in the Life Sciences sector often requires a mix of:
  • Collaboration - to access resource and expertise
  • Competition – to drive standards and innovative thinking
  • Funding – to create the platform upon which success can be built at the national, regional and institutional level

We are delighted to have the opportunity to hear case studies and insight from the UK and Canada in order to debate what mechanisms are used and which work best when it comes to supporting innovation leaders in Life Sciences.


13.30 - Registration and Networking over tea/coffee

14.00 - Welcome From Canada House
Mark Richardson, Senior Trade Commissioner, Canadian Trade Commission

14.10 – Opening Keynote – “An Academic Perspective on Innovative Drug Discovery”
Michel Bouvier, CEO, IRIC, University of Montreal

14.35 - Enabling Canada – EU Partnerships and Trade in Life Sciences
Tuba Yamac, BCF, Quebec
Jonathan Cutler, BCF, Quebec 
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14.55 - Harnessing a Cluster for Drug Discovery and Development
Steven Klein, IRICoR 
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15.15 – Catalysing R&D by Investing in Infrastructure
Daniel Tessier, Genome Quebec 
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15.35 – Developing a Life Science Cluster for Health and Wellness
Kenny Lang, Norwich Research Park 
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15.55Tea/Coffee Break

16.30Panel Discussion – ‘Public vs Private Organisations Supporting Life Science Cluster Growth: What Really Works and What Doesn’t?’ 

Graham Hewson, Imperial College

Steven Klein, IRICoR
Daniel Tessier, Genome Quebec
Adrian Ibrahim, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Chris Doherty, Manchster Science Partnerships
Penny Owen, Cardiff Innovation Village 

17.45 - Closing Remarks

18.00 - Close 

Title: BioClusters Seminar: Collaboration, Competition and Funding
Start: 2016-11-30 13:00:00Z
End: 2016-11-30 18:00:00Z