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The impact of COVID-19 on industry-academia collaborations

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Overview

This online event will explore the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on research translation practices and business-academia collaborations. The main topics for discussion will revolve around removing barriers to translation, reducing bureaucracy, recognising the need for urgency and establishing quick and efficient collaborations. 

The meeting comprises a series of short talks followed by a panel discussion. The ultimate aim is to understand how practices and attitudes have changed during the pandemic, what was the outcome of those changes and identify any lessons learned.

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

Please note that this online meeting is by invitation only. If you wish to attend please contact the Industry team explaining why.

Schedule of talks

05 November

15:00-15:05

Welcome & Opening remarks

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15:00-15:05

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

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15:05-15:15

From concept to market: rapid innovation during covid-19 – emerging lessons from UCL Ventura

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15:05-15:15

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

Abstract

In response to the government Ventilator Challenge, UCL worked with a wide range of private and public sector partners including Mercedes-AMG HPP and doctors from University College Hospital to develop and bring to market the UCL Ventura, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device that is now in use in 115 NHS hospitals, with the designs downloaded by 105 countries worldwide and devices being manufactured and tested in over 30 countries including Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, Germany, Iran, Mexico, Peru, Pakistan, South Africa and the USA, among other places. The key elements to this success will be discussed.

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15:15-15:25

Collaboration and technology insight, a perspective on VentilatorChallengeUK

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15:15-15:25

Brian Holliday CEng FIET, Managing Director - Siemens Digital Industries

Abstract

In March this year, Government set industry a challenge - to turn UK supply chains to critical ventilator production - quickly. VentilatorChallengeUK (VCUK), a consortium of cross-sector engineering businesses formed around the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, responded and produced thousands of mechanical ventilators for the NHS. Egoless collaboration, meritocracy and technology all played their part. Digital twins, Simulation and Virtual Reality helped remote working engineers to create new production facilities and processes at record pace. Hundreds of operators were trained through innovative digital aids. GKN, Airbus, Ford, McLaren, Siemens and Rolls Royce were amongst the firms who contributed resources and expertise. 

Brian will provide a brief introduction to VCUK and an insight to his team’s experience of working with Airbus to produce key sub assemblies in shortened timescales. He will also touch on an integrated Hackathon that enabled a significant manufacturing calibration challenge to be solved in just 4 days by early career professionals and will speculate on some of the resultant lessons learned. 

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15:25-15:35

Medicines Discovery Catapult

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15:25-15:35

Professor Chris Molloy, CEO, Medicines Discovery Catapult

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15:35-15:45

AstraZeneca

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15:35-15:45

Sir Menelas (Mene) Pangalos PhD FRSB FMedSci, Executive Vice President & President BioPharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca

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15:45-15:50

Short break

15:50-16:55

Panel discussion

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Chairs

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

15:50-16:55 How did research translation practices and attitudes change during the pandemic and what was the outcome of those changes

Professor Chris Molloy, CEO, Medicines Discovery Catapult
Brian Holliday CEng FIET, Managing Director - Siemens Digital Industries
Sir Menelas (Mene) Pangalos PhD FRSB FMedSci, Executive Vice President & President BioPharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca

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16:55-17:00

Closing remarks

The impact of COVID-19 on industry-academia collaborations

This meeting will explore the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on research translation practices and business-academia collaborations.

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