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16 October, 2018 - 11:50 By News Desk

Something in the Air as Genesis features Cambridge life science showcase

On the back of the collaborative approach to promote the strengths of the region’s Life Sciences cluster in the US earlier this year at the BIO Convention, Cambridge and East of England stakeholders are again coming together to showcase what the region has to offer inward investors, research partners and entrepreneurs – writes One Nucleus CEO, Tony Jones.

This time the spotlight is being shone closer to home at the annual Genesis conference in London on December 13 – delivered by Cambridge life science membership powerhouse, One Nucleus.

Genesis has been running for 18 years yet this is the first time the region  has collaborated so synergistically at the event.

The exhibition hall will see science parks and companies co-located and throughout the space the agenda will feature case study companies while experts and attendees will include numerous leaders based in the region. 

Gemesis 2017
The agenda at Genesis will cover key themes, current strategies of investment and dealmaking will see debates on innovative investor syndicates, novel collaboration models and case study deals. Highlights will include Congenica’s recent collaboration to access the Chinese market and AstraZeneca’s recent collaboration with US-based Emulate. 

Development and adoption of new technologies features heavily across fields such as Artificial Intelligence, remote sensing and monitoring, synthetic biology, the microbiome arena and smart devices in clinical trials. In all these areas this region has immense strengths to drive further success through attracting collaborators, funding and talent.

Cambridge Wireless (CW), through its Healthcare Special Interest Group led by executives from companies such as Arm, Phillips, Plextek, Geospock and TTP are partnering with One Nucleus on one of the conference streams, recognising the growing importance digital and wireless technology are now playing not only in delivering healthcare, but also in the research and development phase.  

A pivotal reason that Cambridge and its neighbours achieve such success in the Life Sciences field is the attraction and retention of a world-class skills and talent pool. 

This manifests itself in the density of bio-entrepreneurs in the region who serially create value and breakthrough scientists that further our collective understanding – this latter leading to discoveries in areas such as antibodies, cell and gene therapy, machine learning and ICT that are revolutionising how we treat and mange healthcare challenges. How we engage and motivate this talent pool is another area of focus at the event. 

One Nucleus partner Giggabox has created a short film to be launched at Genesis where a number of leading executives discuss the ‘Future of Communication’ where they describe how their own strategies are evolving to engage new audiences. The film will be complemented by a presence from influencers such as Medscape, Labiotech, Instinctif Partners and Azo Network – all on hand to help guide delegate thinking. 

Speaker bureau Kruger Cowne will be present with one of its clients, Gavin Ramjaun of Sky Sports, who will deliver a lunch keynote on ‘storytelling’ ahead of presenting the 2018 BioNewsround Award. 

Genesis 2017 panel
Business success being based on people is a topic that will be featured through to the closing panel debate, The final session will discuss how effective communication, teamwork and collaboration drive success as it builds trust and hence a shared vision across all stakeholders. 

A mix of industry-specific and leading figures from other walks of life will share the views and learning on this topic. The panel, chaired by Mike Ward of Pharma Intelligence comprises the actor Jane Asher, entrepreneur and TV reporter Dal Daliwahl, Science Exchange founder Elizabeth Iorns, Apprentice winner Ricky Martin of HRS, Crissy Powesr of Medimmune and Vicky Ford MP. 

The regional exhibition space, coordinated by Limewash Media and sponsored by law firm Mills & Reeve, will feature science parks and life science businesses such as Babraham Research Campus, Chesterford Research Park, Domainex, Harlow Science Park, Norwich Research Park and Pharmidex. Across the hall will be regional champions such as AstraZeneca, LifeArc, CW and the increasingly visible face in our region – Public Health England.

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Established in 1997, Cambridge-headquartered One Nucleus is an award winning not-for-profit Life Sciences & Healthcare membership organisation centred on the Greater London-Cambridge-East of England corridor.

Photographs from Genesis 2017, courtesy of One Nucleus

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