Complete Schedule

Day 1 December 04th of 2017


08:00 – 09:00

Registration – (Great Hall)

09:00 – 09:10

Welcome – (South Schools)

Dr Marek Tyl

Chief Executive Officer, The Innovation Forum

09:10 – 09:40

Opening words – (South Schools)

Rt Hon Lord David Willetts

Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation and Former Minister for Universities and Science

Keynote Address

09:40 – 10:00

Innovation: Embracing The Future Today – (South Schools)

Bernhardt Zeiher

President of Development, Astellas Pharma Inc

10:00 – 10:30

Refreshment break with networking and exhibits

(Served at North Schools)

Executive Panel

10:30 – 11:30

Looking into the Future – Bio-Innovation in 20 Years

  • Ian Tomlinson, Apollo Therapeutics Fund (Panel Chair)
  • Richard Mason, J&J Innovation Centre London
  • James Sabry, Genentech Partnering
  • Prof Chris Lowe, Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences
  • Prof Jackie Hunter, BenevolentBio
  • Paola Casarosa, Boehringer Ingelheim

(South Schools)

11:30 – 12:30

Convergence and Open Innovation as Drivers of the Future (Case Study: Oxford) 

  • Martino Picardo, Independent Consultant (Panel Chair)
  • Kai Stoeber, Shionogi
  • Jim Johnson, Novo Nordisk
  • Thomas Hanke, Lab282
  • Rt. Hon Lord Drayson, Drayson Technologies
  • Bruno Holthof, OUH 
  • Nick Scott-Ram, Oxford Academic Health Science Network

(South Schools)

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch break & networking

(Served at North Schools)



A: Digital Health

(South Schools)

  • Keith Errey, Isansys
  • Prof Clare Verrill, University of Oxford
  • Prof Jens Rittscher, University of Oxford

B: New Frontiers in Therapeutics

(Room 6)

  • Yael Weiss, Ultragenyx
  • Will West, Cell Centric Ltd
  • Prof Angela Russell, OxSTEM



A: AI in Healthcare

(South Schools)

  • Andrew Fried, IBM
  • Angus McCann, IBM
  • Prof Lionel Tarassenko, University of Oxford, Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Peyman Gifani, AI VIVO

B: Precision Medicine

(Room 6)

  • Hugh Ilyine, DestiNA Genomics
  • Prof Len Seymour, University of Oxford, Department of Oncology
  • Jason Mellad, Cambridge Epigenetix
16:00 – 16:30

Refreshment break with networking and exhibits

(Served at North Schools)

Closing Panel

16:30 – 17:00

Launch of the Penningtons Manches Review of the Funding of Academic Spin Outs 2016 – 2017

  • Nicola McConville, Penningtons Manches
  • Enrico D’Angleo, Parkwalk

(South Schools)

17:00 – 18:00

Closing panel: Overcoming Hurdles to Translation – New Models for Technology Transfer and Industry – Academia Partnerships

  • Maxine Allen, University of Oxford (Panel Chair)
  • David Browning, Oxford Cancer Biomarkers
  • Kathryn Chapman, Milner Institute
  • Dave Tapolczay, LifeArc
  • Adam Stoten, Oxford University Innovation
  • Joseph Fleishaker, Astellas Pharma Inc

(South Schools)

18:00 – 18:20

Closing Keynote: Putting Things into Perspective – Big Science and Entrepreneurship – (South Schools)

Prof Sir John Bell

Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford

19:15 - 22:30

Gala Dinner at Somerville College (By tickets and invitation only)

21:30 - 23:59

After-Dinner Drinks Social at KuPP Oxford

Day 2 December 05th of 2017


07:30 - 08:30

Registration – (Great Hall)

07:30 - 08:45

TechTonic Breakfast (theme: “She Started in Oxford”) – prebooking required

(Additional registration is required at

09:00 – 09:05

Welcome and Day 1 recap – (South Schools)

The Innovation Forum team

09:05 – 09:20

Opening Keynote – (South Schools)

Jeanne Bolger

Vice President Venture Investments, Johnson & Johnson Innovation


09:20 – 09:40

Keynote address: Building a Digital Health Ecosystem – (South Schools)

Dr Nick Scott-Ram

Director of Commercial Development, Oxford Academic Health Science Network

Investment Panel

09:40 – 10:40

Investment Panel: Getting Funded in 2018

  • Alan Barrell, Cambridge Worldwide Associates (Panel Chair)
  • Andrew Burns, george james Ltd
  • Kevin Johnson, Medixci Ventures
  • Laura Ferguson, Capital Cell
  • Glen Crocker, BioCity
  • Andy McLean, Oxford Sciences Innovation
  • Jeanne Bolger, Johnson and Johnson Innovation – JJDC

(South Schools)

10:40 – 11:10

Refreshment break with networking and exhibits

(Served at North Schools)

IMAGINE IF! 2017 competition final

11:10 – 13:00

Our global accelerator competition finals, a top 20 of amazing science backed start-ups from across the globe pitching for $10K USD of non-dilutive funding to a panel of esteemed judges.

20 teams; 3 mins each, 2 mins questions, 1 min changeover.


  • Jeanne Bolger, Johnson and Johnson Innovation – JJDC
  • Nick Ibery, Specialist Investor
  • Sue Staunton, James Cowper Kreston
  • Andreas Laustsen, Technical University of Denmark
  • Nooman Haque, Silicon Valley Bank UK

(South Schools)

13:00 – 14:00

Luncheon with networking and exhibits

(Served at North Schools)



Scaling-up: UK’s ‘Billion Dollar’ Companies

  • Natasha Loder, The Economist (Panel Chair)
  • Eliot Forster, Immunocore
  • Gordon Sanghera, Oxford Nanopore
  • Mike Moran, Proton Partners
  • David Chiswell, Kymab
  • Shaun Chilten, Clinigen

(South Schools)

Panels and workshops

South Schools

Room 6

15:00 – 16:00

Executive Panel: Diversity and Inclusion

  • Juliet Rogan, Barclays (Panel Chair)
  • Neil Burns, george james Ltd
  • Jo Pisani, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Yoshiro Shiba, Shionogi Europe
  • Emma Sceats, CNBio Innovations
  • Neelam Patel, MedCity

Start-up Showcase


  • Sonia Benhamida, DNB
  • Imelda Juniarsih, BioCity
  • Ann Connolly, Johnson and Johnson Innovation
  • Anna Williamson, Genentech

Workshop: Valuation of Early-stage Life Science Companies

Golnaz Borghei

Associate Partner, Ventac Partners

Workshop: Using Design Thinking to Improve Patient Experiences – From Problem to Prototype

Joanna Parlinska

Customer Experience Lead, Hewlett Packard

16:00 – 17:00

Refreshment break with networking and exhibits

(Served at North Schools)

17:00 – 17:30

Announcement of winners of the IMAGINE IF! pitch final – (South Schools)


Closing Keynote

17:30 – 17:50

Closing Keynote: Public Funding for Innovation – (South Schools)

Kath Mackay

Interim Deputy Director - Health and Care, Innovate UK

18:00– 20:00

Closing Drinks Reception at KuPP Oxford

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