The UK is already considered the third largest global life-sciences cluster, supporting over 482,000 jobs, although there are valid concerns from UK scientists and small businesses concerning being shut out of EU-wide Horizon 2020 funding which could also discourage global talent from coming to Britain. Nevertheless, the UK continues to thrive while providing the world with exciting new scientific innovations and solutions.
Oxford: Where the next generation of science-entrepreneurs are born
In this line, the city of Oxford has always been a powerhouse for great ideas that are changing the way we live. The same Oxford where Penicillin was first researched and produced and where Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, was born, is still a leading center for innovation today, producing more founders of billion-dollar startups than any other institute in Europe. Just last year, more than 20 discoveries were taken out of the lab and turned into companies, attracting GDP 50 million in early-stage funding grants, investment and partnerships with pharma. Inventions originating from Oxford have ranged from new drug delivery methods, to stem cell therapeutics, smart glasses that allow blind and partially sighted people to ‘see’ again, a liver perfusion device that is transforming liver transplantation and autonomous self-driving cars among others.
Very much like Berlin has demonstrated on many occasions and via different metrics that it is a great location to hold large-scale meetings to discuss healthcare policies and innovative ideas such as BIO-Europe®, November 6–8, in Berlin, Germany, Oxford has made it clear that it is a great location for STEM innovations.
Oxford’s appetite for more is insatiable
All things considered, this year’s 4th Global Innovation Forum Leaders Conference will bring together innovators, investors, policymakers and industry leaders from across the world to Oxford. The conference will be held on December 4–5, 2017 and will feature renowned speakers from academia and entrepreneurship, as well as celebrating the biotech industry in Oxford in particular, but also in the UK and in Europe.
Key opinion leaders such as Rt Hon Lord David Willetts (former Minister for Universities and Science), Dr. Yong Jun Liu (Global Head of Research at Sanofi) and Dr. Jonathan Milner (Deputy Chairman and co-founder of Abcam plc, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist) will join the event to discuss and examine where bio innovation can take us in 20 years. In addition, young researchers will pitch in the final of the IMAGINE IF! Startup Accelerator, with cutting-edge science and technology seed-level enterprises as well as the opportunity for one-to-partnering, creating the best possible ecosystem to foster such exciting innovations.