Creating a Scientific Superpower 2024

18 Jun 2024 8:30am - 4:30pm QEII Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE

On the day, we explored the challenges of establishing an environment that attracts global talent and international business, while facilitating the journey from spin-out to IPO, and securing venture capital during a period of economic uncertainty.

Jun 2024
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8:30am - 4:30pm


QEII Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE

Throughout the day, the conference featured dynamic discussions focused on unlocking the UK's potential as a scientific superpower, creating a globally competitive ecosystem, and driving national productivity through innovative manufacturing and advanced R&D.

The conference also showcased the emerging linkages between regional clusters that are accelerating growth in innovation and technology sectors nationwide, while drawing insights from successful global clusters.

Guests were able to connect with leading scientists, government ministers, business leaders, and investors to actively contribute to shaping the UK's journey towards becoming a scientific superpower.

Building on the success of the 2023 conference, which drew over 500 guests and featured speakers from industry giants such as AstraZeneca, Moderna, Altos Labs, UKRI, Aveva, Harwell, Midlands Engine, and two Secretaries of State, the 2024 conference helped chart a course for the future of UK science and innovation as a genuine global superpower.

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Event Speakers

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Andrew Griffith

Minister of State for Department of Science, Innovation & Technology

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Andrew Williamson

Managing Partner, Cambridge Innovation Capital

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Dr Andy Williams

Chair, Oxford–Cambridge Supercluster Board

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Dr Angela Kukula

CEO, MedCity

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Barbara Ghinelli

Director Innovation Clusters and Harwell Campus, UKRI-STFC

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Darius Hughes

General Manager, Moderna

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Emma Frost

Chair, UK Innovation Districts Group

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Euan Ashley

Associate Dean – School of Medicine, Stanford University

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Dr John Wilkinson

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

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RT Hon Greg Clark MP

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Professor Irene Tracy CBE

Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

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Javier Alvarez-Valle

Senior Director of Biomedical Imaging, Microsoft

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Dr John Baker

Senior Vice President, Supply Chain & Manufacturing, Abcam

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Sir John Peace

Chair, Midlands Engine

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Mark Thompson

PsiQuantum, Chief Technologist and Co-Founder

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Pam Smith

CEO, Newcastle City Council

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Professor Rafael Carazo Salas

Founder and CEO, CellVoyant

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Sam Adlen

Co-CEO, Space Solar

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Sarah Haywood

Managing Director, Advanced Oxford

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Sheelpa Patel

Senior Advisory Board Member, Kings Entrepreneurship Lab

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Spencer Collins

EVP and Chief Legal Officer, Arm

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Steve Rees OBE

Vice President of Discovery Biology - AstraZeneca

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Tim Smith

News Editor, Sifted

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Vicky Pryce

Chief Economic Adviser at the Centre for Economics and Business Research

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Nelly Phillips

Head of Space Systems Strategy UK, Airbus

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Dr Richard Hutchins

MD - Oxford to Cambridge Pan-Regional Partnership

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Jessica Bowles

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Impact, Bruntwood SciTech

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Dr Kristin-Anne Rutter

Executive Director, Cambridge University Health Partners

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Rebecca Ganz

Chair, BlueSkeye AI

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Andy Teacher

Strategic Adviser, Podcaster & Entrepreneur


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