Almost 300 students, researchers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and business speakers are coming together at the University of Cambridge, in the UK, for the Innovation Leaders Conference (ILC) 2015, on 16 and 17 April. This year’s sessions focus on catalysing partnerships for next generation innovations in smart tech and life sciences – namely high-tech industries, such as the energy, cleantech, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.
The event opens with the CEO of GE Healthcare Life Sciences, Kieran Murphy, who is addressing the topic ‘Sourcing Innovation Internally and Externally’, followed by Professor Mischa Dohler, of King’s College London, with the theme ‘Unleashing Innovation in Academia’. Among others, the CEO of Horizon Discovery, Darrin Disley, and Ian Tomlinson, head of Worldwide Business Development at GlaxoSmithKline, are also taking part in the conference.
Over two days, ILC 2015 offers panel discussions, insight lectures from innovators, workshops by industry leaders and business idea competitions, to promote cross-disciplinary approaches involving participants.
The ILC is hosted by the Innovation Forum – a global network of researchers and entrepreneurs from the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, London, Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Lausanne, Barcelona, Hong Kong and Tokyo. The Innovation Forum ‘seeks to promote the translation of cutting edge research into leading products and services, by building bridges between academia, industry and government and linking innovative minds across disciplines’.