University of Leicester event set to inspire life sciences industry partnerships

Posted by ap507 at Apr 20, 2018 11:37 AM |
The first Industry & Academia Exchange (IAX) showcase event is now open to registrations from life sciences companies interested in developing research and secondment opportunities with the University of Leicester

Issued by Associate Events on 20 April 2018

Taking place on Wednesday 16th May at the prestigious Winstanley House in Leicester, this one-day showcase will to bring together academic scientists, clinicians and businesses from across the globe, to forge engagement opportunities, identify ‘two-way people exchanges’ and future research project ideas for development.

The event will encompass a series of fast-paced, snapshot presentations followed by a thought-provoking futuristic view of the world of healthcare presented by leading pharmaceutical and life sciences expert, Jo Pisani from PWC . There will then be an exclusive opportunity to participate in partnering discussions in a unique one-to-one ‘speed networking’ type of environment.

The showcase event is the first activity in the University’s new, 18-month, IAX programme funded through the Medical Research Council’s Proximity to Discovery Scheme.

The aim of the overall IAX programme is to drive engagement and create relationships between academia and healthcare, bio-medical and pharmaceutical industry partners through creative ways that will encompass workshops, academic industry training courses and two-way secondments.

The College of Life Sciences, headed by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Philip Baker (pictured), is leading the IAX programme and already has outstanding achievements including the development of DNA fingerprinting, vital advances in fighting heart disease, cancer, respiratory diseases and diabetes, and developments in forensic psychology.

Professor Baker said: “This is the first event in a whole series of activity over the next 18 months and it will be an exciting and stimulating day for everyone who attends.

“The event will present an ideal way to identify meaningful collaborations that will both enhance industry research needs and knowledge and bring valuable business research practice back to the University. I very much look forward to welcoming everyone to our showcase event.”

Places are limited, so early booking is encouraged. To register for the event, go to:

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About the Industry & Academia Exchange (IAX) Programme

The University of Leicester has secured funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Proximity to Discovery scheme to support engagement between academic scientists and industry partners to drive biomedical research into ‘real world’ advances in health care, bio-medical and pharmaceutical sectors. 

The IAX programme will fund a variety of activities including a showcase partnering event, people exchanges, sand pit meetings, and industry training courses for academics.

The people exchanges (or secondments) enable academics to experience work within an industry setting and conversely, industry members to spend time at the University to understand the research and development opportunities within an academic environment. This will be kick-started by the showcase event on 16 May 2018.

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About the University of Leicester College of Life Sciences

College of Life Sciences offers a dynamic, modern environment for study and research, built on decades of highly respected achievement. It's a track record of innovation we believe few can match. The College has nearly a thousand staff and approaching 4,000 students in its four schools, which cover the biological, medical and human sciences.

The College offers a wide range of courses and expertise, with our quality recognised throughout the scientific community.

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About the Medial Research Council (MRC)

The Medical Research Council (MRC) improves the health of people in the UK - and around the world - by supporting excellent science, and training the very best scientists. The MRC is part of UK Research and Innovation.

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