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Tue, 18 Jun


QEII Conference Centre, London

Creating a Scientific Superpower

In its third year, Creating a Scientific Superpower, will highlight the UK's potential in science and innovation.

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Time & Location

18 Jun 2024, 08:30 – 16:30

QEII Conference Centre, London, Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE, UK

About the event

08:00 – Registration and Networking 

09:25 – Welcome

Matt Allen, Executive Director, Supercluster Board 

Max Bryan, Head of Laboratory & Office Agency, Bidwells

09:45 – Panel Discussion: What does a good industrial strategy look like? 

Chair: Professor Greg Clark, CBE, Chair, Connected Places Catapult

Rt Hon Greg Clark MP 

Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser at the Centre for Economics and Business Research 

Professor Irene Tracey CBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford 

10:30 – Keynote: The Special Relationship: Why PsiQuantum came home from the US 

PsiQuantum – Mark Thompson, Chief Technologist and Co-Founder

10:45 – Break 

11:10 – Panel Discussion: Is the UK Investable? 

Chair: Tim Smith, News Editor, Sifted

Euan Ashley, Associate Dean – School of Medicine, Stanford University 

Spencer Collins, EVP and Chief Legal Officer, ARM 

Andrew Williamson, Managing Partner, Cambridge Innovation Capital

Sheelpa Patel, Senior Advisory Board Member, Kings Entrepreneurship Lab 

11:55 – Panel Discussion: Powering Progress: Innovative Projects Connecting the UK 

Chair: Barbara Ghinelli, Chief Scientific Advisor, Advanced Research Clusters 

Darius Hughes, General Manager, Moderna

Sam Adlen, Co-CEO, Space Solar

Nelly Phillips, Head of Space Systems Strategy UK, Airbus

12:40 – Lunch 

13:20 – Keynote: Making the UK a Scientific Superpower 

Andrew Griffith, Minister of State for Department of Science, Innovation & Technology 

13:35 – Panel Discussion: Innovation Constellation – Connecting Clusters to Accelerate R&D Across the UK 

Chair: Dr. Andy Williams, Chair, Oxford–Cambridge Supercluster Board

Dr Richard Hutchins, MD – Oxford to Cambridge Pan–Regional Partnership

Sir John Peace, Chair, Midlands Engine 

Pam Smith, CEO, Newcastle City Council

Jessica Bowles, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Impact, Bruntwood SciTech

14:20 – Keynote: Leveraging the NHS and the UK’s Unique Position 

Dr. Kristin-Anne Rutter, Executive Director, Cambridge University Health Partners

14:35 – Break 

15:00 – Panel discussion: Innovative Sectors Driving the Future of Healthcare 

Chair: Sarah Haywood, Managing Director, Advanced Oxford

Dr Jon Wilkinson, Director of Business and Innovation, ICR (London Cancer Hub) 

Professor Rafael Carazo Salas, Founder and CEO, CellVoyant

Javier Alvarez-Valle, Senior Director of Biomedical Imaging, Microsoft 

Rebecca Ganz, Chair, BlueSkeye AI

15:45 – Panel Discussion: Creating a Global Supercluster 

Chair: Andy Teacher, Strategic Adviser, Podcaster & Entrepreneur

Steve Rees OBE, Vice President of Discovery Biology – AstraZeneca

Emma Frost, Chair UK Innovation Districts Group 

Dr John Baker, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Manufacturing, Abcam

Dr Angela Kukula, CEO, MedCity

16:30 – Final Comments and Close

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