Life Science Leadership Series: Collaborating to Enable Precision Medicine

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Along with advanced medicines, precision medicine is the next big thing.  Globally there is a big demand, and in the UK, it has been highlighted as an area of focus for the Industrial Strategy with an extra £210m of funding announced as part of the 2017 white paper.   Precision medicine aims to treat patients based upon their individual characteristics including genomics, environmental and lifestyle data.  It has the potential to have major impacts on patient outcomes and reduce the costs associated with ineffective treatments.  However, there are still challenges with this approach, including increasing complexity and volume of data available and reimbursement issues.

This event will look at drivers for precision medicine from discovery through to development of new therapies and how building collaborative relationship could be key for overcoming the barriers and driving innovation.



09:15 Registration

09:45 Welcome

10:00 Keynote: Professor Sir Mark Caulfield, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
The UK Precision Medicine Platform and Successes

  • The UK Genomic and multi omic landscape
  • The unique link to the NHS
  • The opportunities for industry
  • New technologies, analytics and next steps


10:30 Keynote: Dr Athena Matakidou, Head of Clinical Genomics at the Centre for Genomics Research, AstraZeneca
Transforming drug research and development through genomics

  • The value of genomics in drug discovery and development
  • AstraZeneca's Genomic Initiative
  • Future opportunities 


11:00 Professor David van Heel, Professor of Genetics, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London
Genes & Health: knockouts, monogenic and polygenic risk in British South Asians


11:30 Professor Claude Chelala, Professor of Bioinformatics, Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London
Data integration for patient benefit


12:00 Networking Lunch


13:15 Driving innovations in precision based treatments

Presentations include:

13:15 Dr Steve Gardner, Co-founder and CEO, Precisionlife
Multi-factorial Patient Stratification: Case Studies in Breast Cancer and Asthma

13:40 Dr Erik Alcantar, Translational Science Director, Celyad
NKG2D-based Chimeric Antigen receptor-T Cells for Cancer Treatment

14:05 Dr Renaud Burrer, CSO, Cerba Research
Immunohistochemistry in Precision Medicine

14:30 Dr David Harland, Medical Head of Personalised Healthcare, Roche
How can we address actionability in the genomics age?


15:00 Break and networking


15:30 Panel – How can we collaborate to enable precision medicine?

Moderated  by:

Dr Steve Gardner

Panellists include:

Dr Jelena Polajeva, Business Development Manager, NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure

Professor Rakesh Uppal, Director Barts Life Sciences, Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery, Barts Heart Centre

Jane Theaker, CEO, Kinomica Ltd

Dr David Harland, Medical Head of Personalised Healthcare, Roche


16:30 Closing Remarks

16:35 Drinks and networking

18:00 Close




Gold Members and Academics: £75 + VAT

Silver Members: £175 + VAT

Non-Members: £275 + VAT


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March 5th, 2020 9:00 AM   to   6:00 PM
The Great Hall
The Royal Hospitals NHS Trust
St. Bartholomews Hospital
West Smithfield
London, London EC1A 7BE
United Kingdom
Phone: 01223 896450
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