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Transforming UK translation conference



The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


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Building on previous work of the Royal Society, this conference will focus on current challenges surrounding translation of research into successful business outcomes and how we can overcome them.

The meeting will consist of a mixture of talks and round table discussions, and bring together key stakeholders across the innovation continuum to discuss some of the key challenges, best practice and ways we can foster stronger industry-academia relationships.

Details about the speakers and discussions will be available closer to the event. 

Attending this event

  • Please note this conference is free (lunch and refreshments included) but by invitation only. You will require an invitation in order to register. To request an invitation or for more information, please contact the Industry team
  • Travel and accessibility information

Schedule of talks

31 October


Registration and refreshments


Opening remarks

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Dame Sue Ion FREng FRS, Chair of the Royal Society Science, Industry and Translation Committee

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Plenary session

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Dr Stephen Cook, Chief Commercial Officer, Technology Group, BP

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Peter Brewin, Director, Concrete Canvas

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Dr Celia Caulcott, Vice-Provost (Enterprise), UCL

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Industry-academia engagement

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Dr David Bembo, Director of Research & Innovation Services, Cardiff University

10:35-10:50 Keynote: Industry-university strategic partnerships

Dr Matt Reid, Strategy Senior Open Innovation Director, Unilever

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10:50-11:20 Panel: How do universities interface better with industry and how do you turn initial interactions into something meaningful?

Dr John Patterson
Kate Barnard, Engineering Programme Manager, University Research, Rolls-Royce
Patrick Speedie, Co-Founder & Director, IN-PART

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11:20-13:00 Workshop




Partnerships: creating value for both sides

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13:50-14:05 Keynote

Dr Malcolm Skingle CBE, GSK

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14:05-14:35 Panel: Value proposition on both sides of the partnership, and clarity on the challenges and potential channels of exploitation

Anne Muir, Acting Head of Business Engagement & Commercialisation, University of Dundee
Dr Darren Budd, Commercial Director (UK & Ireland), BASF

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14:35-16:15 Workshop


Afternoon refreshments


Case studies: attracting, training and retaining the right talent

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Dr Georgia Gliki, Senior Business Manager, LifeArc

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James Otter, Ellipson Ltd, Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Southampton, UK

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17:00-17:10 Community Building, Fundamental Research and Translation in Synthetic Biology at Bristol

Professor Dek Woolfosn, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Principal Investigator of BrisSynbio; Director of the Bristol BioDesign Institute, University of Bristol


BrisSynBio is one of six BBSRC/EPSRC-funded Synthetic Biology Research Centres established in 2014/15 to nucleate research in synthetic biology across the UK, and to facilitate translating this research. BrisSynBio’s science focuses on fundamental aspects of biomolecular design and engineering and applying these to advance synthetic biology.  BrisSynBio created the new post of BrisSynBio Innovation Manager to encourage and oversee the translation of this basic synthetic-biology research into real-life applications in drug discovery, new vaccine platforms, designing novel biomaterials, and biosensor development. To date, this has resulted in four new synthetic biology-based companies, 5 new patent applications, and securing £4.5M of translational funding. In addition, interactions with GSK have led to the award of a Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence, Dr David Tew, who spends part of his time in Bristol on BrisSynBio’s Innovation Programme. The University has recognised these successes by establishing the Bristol BioDesign Institute.

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17:10-17:25 Innovation and commercialisation for UK PLC

Professor Andrew Hopper CBE FREng FRS, University of Cambridge

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Summary and closing remarks


Drinks reception

Transforming UK translation conference

This conference will highlight examples of best practise of research translation and commercialisation in the UK.

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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