Innovation Summit 2022: Agenda

Innovation Summit hero image with Cancer Research Horizons logo and image of DNA


09:30 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Cancer Research UK’s vision for Innovation and Entrepreneurialism   

Tony Hickson, Chief Business Officer, Commercial Partnerships, Cancer Research Horizons

10:20 - 10:40

Newcastle University strategy to deliver innovation 

David Burn, Newcastle Health Innovation Partners (NHIP) 

10:40 - 11:00

Cancer Research UK Newcastle Centre: Combining innovation and research to drive patient benefit 

Ruth Plummer, Newcastle University

11:00 - 11:30

Refreshments, networking and exhibition 

11:30 - 12:30

Why engage in entrepreneurship and lessons learned 

Discussion amongst a range of entrepreneurial post-docs, explaining what inspired them to begin their entrepreneurial journey and describing the highs and lows of the process, what they learnt and what they would do differently.  

Chair: Che Connon, Newcastle University 


Martina Miotto, CellulaREvolution

Oliver Russell, Newcastle University 

Carl Dale, Microbritt Ltd  

Jurek Kozyra, NANOVERY 

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch, networking and exhibition 

13:30 - 14:30

What route should I take? 

Comparing established routes to commercialisation, ranging from licensing to spin-out. 

Chair: Martin Cox, Newcastle University 


Steve Wedge, Prof of Stratified Cancer Med Discovery, Newcastle University

David Simpson, Iksuda Therapeutics 

Tracy Weightman, Intermediate Capital Group   

Anji Miller, Technology Transfer, LifeArc  

14:30 - 14:50

The trials and tribulations of a setting up an academic spin-out 

 James Widmer, Coventry University and Advance Electric Machine  

14:50 - 15:15

Refreshments, networking, and exhibition

15:15 - 16:15

Infrastructure and how it can help me 

Insight from key members of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem on the infrastructure available in the region to enable commercialisation

Chair: Mike Capaldi, Newcastle University 


Julie Little, Cancer Research Horizons  

Rick McCordall, Newcastle University 

Lynne Davies, Newcastle City Council  

Alex Buchan, NorthStar Ventures

16:15 - 16:35

Entrepreneurship and commercialisation: a perspective from the NHS settings 

A case study illustrating a different approach to entrepreneurship  

Andrea Burroughs, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

16:35 - 16:40

Closing Comments 

Steve Wedge, Prof of Stratified Cancer Med Discovery, Newcastle University

16:40 - 18:00

Networking drinks

This is a free event for all researchers looking to translate their work but places are limited.

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