On 21st January 2015, members of the department were delighted to welcome Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst (SBC) for a jointly organised ‘Industry Engagement Forum’ (IEF), with the support of Cambridge Enterprise and EPSRC funding. This was the 4th such Forum that CEB has run and IEFs are proving to be an invaluable tool for the department in growing relationships with external partners.
SBC is the UK’s first open innovation bioscience campus and is home to over 40 start-up companies in addition to research projects from both the University of Cambridge and University College London.
The workshop aimed to delve deep into the grand challenges which present across all sections of the life sciences community, from the tenants of SBC to our research community here at CEB. Beginning with the eternal conundrum of money and identifying funding sources, scaling your innovation from lab to commercial production, building consortia which weave industry and academia into meaningful and successful ventures all the way to novel solutions for drug delivery.
It proved to be an excellent day, which was both enjoyable and engaging. Over 40 people attended from a wide range of Cambridge departments and external organisations, including 10 delegates from SBC. The afternoon sessions were brimming with ideas, which most certainly warrant further exploration and initiated new relationships between the organisations. We look forward to developing these over the coming months.
Also, look out for further IEF events later this year.