Success at the Biomedical and Health Sciences Industry Day
12 January 2018
Eighty attendees participated in the Biomedical and Health Sciences Industry Day event – held at the Watershed, Bristol, 29 November 2017.
This year's Building Partnerships event brought together researchers from the two faculties with companies (including GSK, Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, UCB Biopharma, Lucideon, Selicia Ltd, Accentus Medical, Ultralinq, Unit DX); as well as investors, networks, charities and funders.
Building on the success of previous Industry Days, the 2017 event evolved to incorporate pitch sessions and networking activities to catalyse connections and showcase Bristol’s research.
The day stimulated discussion and networking, sparking new connections and strengthening existing ones. The morning ‘connect and discuss’ session was well received, with attendees moving between different groups to connect with those with similar interests and complementary expertise.
Throughout the day there were numerous perspectives gathered from academics and industry professionals.
Looking back on the event, Mike Jackson, Shaw &Co. LLP said:
‘The networking session was simply the best organised and best run session of that kind I have ever participated in. You could tell the whole room was energised with new connections and new projects just as intended’.
Wael Kafienah, a Senior Lecturer in Stem Cell Biology said,
‘I would rate this event one of the best in years: it was engaging, focused, thought-through and supported.’
It was fantastic to see Bristol’s collaborative research showcased to an external audience, with informative presentations about projects, how funding was secured, and the strength and benefit of working in collaboration. Topics included digital mental health and neuroscience, tracking bacterial transmission, and in vitro models of fibrotic disease.
The afternoon sessions delved deeper into specific topics of Drug Development; Innovation in Healthcare; Infection; and Tools and Technologies; giving groups of experts the chance discuss topics in detail and share valuable experiences.
In the final presentation of the day, eight £250 partnership passes were awarded to Bristol researchers to explore new and existing relationships with businesses, stemming from conversations that took place during the event.
We will continue to run events to meet the needs of our academics and existing and potential partners.
Please contact us about any connections you would like to make and how we can help you with your collaborative endeavour. We always welcome your input.
Details will be released in spring 2018 regarding the Biomedical and Health Sciences Industry Day 2018 – Making the Next Step, which will be held in autumn.
- Professor Stuart Mundell, Business Fellow, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences Stuart.Mundell@Bristol.ac.uk
- Charlotte Bell, Knowledge Exchange Associate, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, Charlotte.Bell@Bristol.ac.uk