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World-Leading Conference on Early-Stage Ventures and Industry-Academic Partnerships

December 04th - 05th 2017

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09:00 – 21:00 (GMT)

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Saïd Business School, Park End Street, Oxford

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The Innovation Forum – Leaders Conference is a C-level conference gathering top leaders from industry, academia and government and mixing them with early stage ventures investors and researchers. The conference is now in it’s fourth year and previous editions brought together over 1,300 delegates, stimulated thousands of conversations and catalysed numerous partnerships for the next generation of innovative technology.

The conference is centered on innovation in deep science industries, with a particular focus on pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare sectors.


“Great attendance. Very interesting people.”

Christian T.

Previous Conferences Speakers

“It was a great and well thought out event with some great speakers and I also particularly enjoyed the 'Dragon’s Den' type session.”

Dr. Hitesh Sanganee
Director of Emerging Innovations at AstraZeneca

“I was blown away! I am so impressed that there are so many good companies now. ”

Dr. Hermann Hauser

“Exciting, really dynamic atmosphere and I look forward to be involved in these events in the future.”

Dr. Andy Richards

“Great platform to collaborate with bigger players in the industry as well as Cambridge University.”

Dr. Navneet Soin

“It has been an absolutely fantastic opportunity to come here and see innovation happening on the ground. ”

Dr. Ann Connolly
Senior Director of New Ventures at Johnson & Johnson Innovation


We seek to nurture innovation by creating platforms for open discussion through:

  • 1-2-1 partnering link-ups (powered by partneringLITE software)
  • Eminent keynotes
  • Executive fireside chats
  • VIP dinner

The event promises to ignite fresh ideas and partnering opportunities. We believe that the best innovation is driven by interdisciplinary cross-talk. The Innovation Forum has a particular focus on pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare sectors. The conference will also provide an interactive platform for emergent technologies to be showcased in regard to these sectors.


Do you have an innovative business idea? Do you want to pocket some extra cash? Do you want to present your idea to leading investors, be accepted to the IMAGINE IF! acceleration program and fast-tracked for funding?

The Grand Finale of the IMAGINE IF! accelerator will be held as part of the Innovation Forum 2017 – Leaders Conference. The top 10 ideas will be pitched in ‘Dragon’s Den’ style in front of the judges.

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