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Translating Research into Innovation and Business Ventures

Thursday, October 19th 2023

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09:00 – 14:30 (GMT)

University Arms Hotel, 52-42 Regent St, Cambridge CB2 1AD

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To boost our economy in the post-COVID-19 era, translating research into innovation and business ventures is of utmost importance for universities, researchers, startups, investors, and industries. According to Geoffrey Nicholson (3M Ambassador for Innovation and father of the Post-It Notes), “… research transforms money into knowledge … technology transfer transforms knowledge into money…”. Hence, cutting-edge research studies, and commercialisation of research into business ventures are crucial in bringing about changes for societal improvements, as well as driving economic recovery and responsible growth.

The appeal of “building back better” is increasingly influencing prioritisation within the innovation strategies of countries, including the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States.  As for Asia, despite anticipated setbacks and flare-ups on the world stage, McKinsey’s Jonathan Woetzel and the Financial Times’ Asia editor Robin Harding see growth for the region.  

In China and Hong Kong, the Innovation and Technology (I&T) industry has made unprecedented strides in recent years. Backed by strong government support in line with the National 14th Five Year Plan and opportunities in the Greater Bay Area (GBA), Hong Kong has taken leaps toward building a sustainable and connected ecosystem. This conducive I&T environment has sparked increasing public and private sector collaboration, with ecosystem participants embracing a global view to innovate at speed and scale.

This event aims to achieve four objectives:

  • Calling for international cooperation to revitalise global growth, as well as to create a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient future.
  • Promoting Triple Helix partnership among government, industry, and academia to translate research into innovation and business ventures.
  • Presenting opportunities and challenges of building innovation and technology business in Hong Kong, China, and Asia.
  • Connecting with personnel and companies interested to establish business in Hong Kong, China and Asia Pacific.



Session I – Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Ecosystems for Global Economic Growth


Welcome and keynote I – The Cambridge Cluster: Innovation Ecosystems Across Science, Technology and Business

  • Professor Tim Minshall , Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge
  • Dr. John C Taylor, Professor of Innovation, University of Cambridge

Keynote II – Open Innovation and Growth:
Enhancing Intercultural Dialogue

  • Professor Alan Macfarlane, Emeritus Professor of Anthropological Science and Life Fellow at King’s College, University of Cambridge

Networking break


Session II – Unlocking Opportunities: Scaling Up Businesses in Asia Pacific


Keynote III -Hong Kong: Asia’s Most Dynamic Ecosystem for Startups and Scaleups

  • Andy Wong, Head of Innovation and Technology, InvestHK 

Panel Discussion – Scaling up Businesses in Asia Pacific

  • Dr. Shima Barakat, Director, Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Programme,
    University of Cambridge (chair)
  • Eric Chan, Chief Public Mission Officer, Cyberport Hong Kong
  • Dr. Judy Lam, Non-Executive Director, Infervision Medical Technology Co. Ltd
  • Dr. Sloan Kulper, CEO and Co-founder, Lifespans
  • Andy Wong, Head of Innovation and Technology, InvestHK 
  • Dr. Jerry Wu, Head of Investment, TusPark Holdings, UK

Networking break


Session III – Investing with Impact in Asia Pacific: Balancing Planet, People, Purpose and Profit


Keynote IV – Investing in Companies on a Mission: Building Sustainable Systems and Healthy Communities 

  • Henrik Jones, Founder and General Partner, Buckhill Capital LP

Keynote V  -Scaling Beyond Frontiers: An Investment Perspective

  • Irene Graham OBE, CEO, ScaleUp Institute, UK

Panel Discussion – Investing with Impact in Asia Pacific: Balancing Planet, People, Purpose and Profit

  • Professor Jaideep Prabhu, Director, Centre for India & Global Business, Vice Dean, Judge Business School (chair)
  • Mr. Jason Chiu, Founder, Cherrypicks / Collectiv,
    Chairman, Board of Management, HKU Tech Transfer Office
  • Irene Graham OBE, CEO, ScaleUp Institute
  • Henrik Jones, Founder and General Partner, Buckhill Capital LP
  • Da Liu, Managing Director, CR CP Life Science Fund
  • Dr. William Lo, Chairman, DazMaster
  • Simon MacKinnon, Advisory Board Chairman, 8 Hours Ahead

Networking break


Session IV – Pitching Session


Lunch – by invitation only


Tim is the inaugural Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation at the University of Cambridge, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), Head of the IfM's Centre for Technology Management (CTM), and a Fellow of Churchill College. His research, teaching and engagement activities are focused on the links between manufacturing, innovation, and skills.

Tim is a member of the board of directors for IfM Engage Ltd, St John's Innovation Centre Ltd, and the Møller Institute Ltd. He is a recipient of a University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence and a Royal Academy of Engineering/ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching Award. He is Chair of Trustees of the Foundation for Young People's Mental Health (YPMH) ( He has B.Eng. from Aston University and a PhD from Cambridge University Engineering Department.

Alan taught at the Department of Social Anthropology Cambridge University for thirty-four years and is now Emeritus Professor of Anthropological Science and a Life Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

As an anthropologist and historian he has worked on England, Nepal, Japan and China.

He has focused on a comparative study of the origins and nature of the modern world.

Julian studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, completing a PhD in Biological Chemistry in 2005 on unusual structures of DNA. In particular, DNA of particular sequences can form four-stranded knot-like structures called G-quadruplexes, which can function as genomic switches, turning genes on and off.

He secured a Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, was a Research Councils UK Academic Fellow, and held a University Lectureship in the Cavendish Laboratory.

Julian has also been involved in politics, serving as a County Councillor in Cambridgeshire, and then as Member of Parliament for Cambridge. During this time, he was particularly noted for his work on civil liberties, science, cycling, and technology policy, winning awards ranging from being named ISPA ‘Internet Hero of the Year’ to Parliamentary Beard of the Year.

In 2016 Julian was appointed the Founding Director of the Intellectual Forum in Jesus College. He is also Deputy Chair of the NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, a Director of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd, and has a Ministerial appointment to the Home Office Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group. He has also advised a range of technology companies about ethics and governance, including being Founding Chair of the Independent Panel of Reviewers of DeepMind Health. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, King's College London.

Mr. Andy Wong is the Head of Innovation and Technology at
Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK), the government department
responsible for attracting and facilitating foreign direct investment
into Hong Kong. His key focused technology segments include
biotech, medical devices, healthcare, AI and robotics,
microelectronics, new materials, and green technologies.

Mr. Wong has wealth strategy consulting and business
development experience in high tech sector. Before joining
InvestHK, Mr. Wong held various senior positions at a global
leading consulting firm and a global Fortune 500 technology
company specialising in corporate strategy and business

Mr. Wong graduated from the University of Birmingham, the UK
with First Class Honor Degree in Electronic and Electrical
Engineering, a Master Degree in Commerce from the University of
New South Wales, Australia and a Master of Science in Real
Estate from the University of Hong Kong. Mr. Wong is a Chartered
Engineer (CEng) from The Institution of Engineering and
Technology, the UK; and is a Member of the Certified Practicing

Jerry is the Head of Investment at TusPark Holdings UK, which has invested £220m+ in the UK since 2018. Being an innovator and investor, he is always enthusiastic to push the boundaries, drive the innovation, and foster the collaborative network among stakeholders; being a scientist, he brings 25+ years of experience in research & development covering life sciences and deep technologies; being a leader, he is a passionate believer in the importance of personal development and in helping others to achieve their full potential; being a boy, his first ever computer was an Apple II Plus.

Previously Jerry also worked at AstraZeneca/Medimmune, European Bioinformatics Institute, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, BBSRC, and UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

Jerry holds a PhD in Computer Science. He is an associate at Cambridge Judge Business School and a senior advisor at Schwarzman College.

Jie has over 15 years of experience working at the intersection of education, circular economy, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She joined CISL as a founding member of the Innovation team in 2021, where she leads the design and delivery of various Accelerator programmes. In 2022, she supported the launch of The Canopy, CISL's incubator, accelerator, and workspace in central Cambridge. Currently, Jie is responsible for the international portfolio, activating an international community of impact-led startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators.

Prior to joining CISL, Jie led the Global Higher Education Demonstration Initiative in London, New York, São Paulo, and Shanghai for the Ellen Macarthur Foundation. As a circular economy expert, she also serves as a research advisor at Newham College, University of Cambridge for the Laidlaw Scholars Leadership and Research Programme. Jie has authored several publications, including "Innovation for Sustainability: The Driving Force of Circular Economy Startups" (2023), "Founders to Funders: Key Trends of Fundraisings for Circular Disruptors and Innovators" (2022), and "The Circular Economy Opportunity for Urban and Industrial Innovation in China" (2018) which was launched at the World Economic Forum.

Jie is also a Trustee at China Dialogue, and an advisor at Undivided VC based in Hong Kong. She holds three Masters degrees in Sustainability Leadership from University of Cambridge, Economic and Politics of Energy and the Environment from UCL, and Environmental Planning & Management from ECNU (China). As an ethnic minority working in a cross-cultural environment for more than a decade, her achievement was recognised by the Vice-Chancellor's Social Impact Award (2022) at the University of Cambridge.

Her experience is in how the environment (planet) as a strategic issue is understood and integrated into organization strategy through how people understand and interact with it. Shima has spent the last 25 years helping companies (from startups to MNEs) as well as governments and international funding agencies to improve their performance on sustainability. Shima is one of the founders and Director of Value in Enterprise, the responsible business consultancy company. She has also been among the founders of several organisations that aim at engaging communities in their own development in Egypt and the US. One of these ventures (Nahdet El Mahrousa) became the first and arguably most successfully Social Enterprise Incubator in the Middle East. She most recently co-founded the Impact Women’s Network to raise the visibility of enterprising women globally and enabling the creation of greater impact through the power of the collective. Shima is an experienced board member and chair, and has been a Trustee of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Academically, Shima has held an appointment at the University of Cambridge since 2007. Before joining IfM, she was the Head of Entrepreneurial Learning Programmes at the Entrepreneurship Centre of the Judge Business School until 2017 then as the Entrepreneurship Education Advisor for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Department of Plant Science.

Mr Chan oversees the public mission operation and the ecosystem of nurturing start-ups in Hong Kong. He is an ICT veteran, a chartered engineer, and a Fellow of IET (UK). Prior to joining Cyberport, Ir Chan held various senior positions in global ICT companies. He has been active in public services, especially in education and industrial training, and serves on a number of committees for the Government, universities, professional bodies and charitable organisations. Ir Chan is currently Chairman of ITA (ICT Sector) and Chairman of
Knowledge Management Development Center.

Sloan is a biomedical engineer with deep ties to the Silicon Valley startup community. A serial entrepreneur and inventor with multiple international patents, he has built successful startups in four countries, raising millions of US dollars in funding. Sloan has previously served as an engineering consultant to several multinational medical device companies including Stryker and CR Bard and received a B.Sc. from MIT, a Master of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Medicine (Dept. of Orthopaedics & Traumatology).

About Lifespans, Ltd.

Founded by MIT engineers, orthopedic surgeons and industry executives, Lifespans is a spin-off from Asia's #1 center for orthopaedic surgery – Queen Mary Hospital at the University of Hong Kong. Our mission is to create innovative bone implant technology solutions, especially those that improve the quality of life of elderly patients with osteoporosis. Their revolutionary computer simulation technology, Alfonso, is a proprietary particle-based model of bone tissue developed by the Lifespans team.

Dr. Tsui Lam served as an independent non-executive director of Sino-Ocean Group Holding Limited, a company listed on the Stock Exchange (stock code: 3377) principally engaged in property development in the PRC from August 2017 to June 2023. Dr. Tsui Lam has served as a board director and honorary treasurer of Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited since October 2014, primarily
responsible for the overall development and financial budgets and performance. She served as a board director of Wuhan College since December 2014 and served as its chancellor from June 2015 to December 2017, primarily responsible for overall planning and implementation of strategic academic developments and programmes. Dr. Tsui Lam is also a member of the Greater China Strategy Advisory Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since March 2020.
Dr. Tsui Lam obtained a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in Canada in May 1978, a master of science degree in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom in August 1987 and a Ph.D. degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong in December 1994.
Dr. Tsui Lam was admitted as a Chartered Accountant of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia Canada and a Chartered Professional Accountant of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia Canada in October 1980 and June 2015, respectively. She has also been a Certified Public Accountant of The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants since July 1981 and a Fellow Certified Public Accountant of the same institute since June 1989, a Fellow Certified Public Accountant of CPA Australia since October 2002, an Honorary Member of Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Shenzhen) since October 2018 and a Fellow Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since December 2018. She is also a Fellow Chartered Secretary and Chartered Governance Professional of the Chartered Governance Institute and Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute since November 2011.

Henrik Jones is the Managing Partner of Buckhill Capital which he founded in 1999. He serves on the boards of Higg Co, the Edible Schoolyard Project, Human Needs Project and is a partner of Gratitude Railroad. Jones was previously Portfolio Manager of Real Assets at Hall Capital, CEO of, Co-Founder and CEO of and a Partner of InterMedia Capital Management. He began as a trainee at JP Morgan where he helped start the Media Corporate Finance Department. Jones received a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Irene is the founding CEO and a board director of the ScaleUp Institute, a private sector, not-for-profit company focused on making the UK the best place in the world to scale up a business.
She is a former senior banker at Standard Chartered where she held both European and global managing director roles. She set up, ran and scaled several of the bank’s key client and product businesses across its corporate and institutional bank and led several global M&A activities. Working internationally across Europe, the Americas,
Middle East and Asia, living in Singapore for a period of time.
During the height of the financial crisis was seconded to work across the banking industry where she led the Business Finance Taskforce and Better Business Finance which was responsible for, amongst other initiatives, the founding of the Business Growth Fund, SME Finance Monitor, and leading on developments in Open Banking, and the Small Business Act.
She is a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University and holds a variety of non executive director and advisory roles across the creative, business and finance communities.This has included participating in the Fintech Strategy review; the Life Sciences Scaleup Taskforce; Creative Industry Councils and sitting on Canada's National Research Industrial Advisory Council.

He has a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He has published in leading academic journals and his work has been profiled by the BBC, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Economist, The Financial Times, Le Monde, The New York Times, and The Times. He is the co-author of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth, described by The Economist as “the most comprehensive book yet” on the subject of frugal innovation. His 2015 book Frugal Innovation: How to do Better with Less with Navi Radjou won the CMI’s Management Book of the Year Award 2016. His most recent book How Should a Government Be: The New Levers of State Power was published in February 2021. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2023.

Jason a leader in mobile innovation, specializing in making cities smarter and growing the eLearning community. Jason is an industry icon in Hong Kong well known for his successful entrepreneurial experience in mobile innovation. With disruptive Online-to-Offline (O2O) solutions as well as patent-pending products and technology inventions, Cherrypicks has represented Hong Kong and China in many world stages and won over 100 local and international awards. The early entrepreneurial journey of the company was also featured as a Harvard Business School case study (#N9-807-106). Cherrypicks' solution business and Cherrypicks alpha, another startup spun off with the company’s product business, were strategically merged with NetDragon (HKSE:777) in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Apart from leading both entities, Jason is also a mentor and angel investor for a number of startups, incubators and co-working spaces to give back to startups in Hong Kong and Silicon Valley.

Jason is the Honorary President of Group 30 “Creative Industries” and Chairman of the Hong Kong Startup Council under Federation of Hong Kong Industries. He is the Director of the Hong Kong Crowdfunding Professional Association, the Advisor of Crowdfund Capital Advisors, the Vice Chairman of Innovation and Technology Fund – General Support Programme Vetting Committee of Innovation and Technology Commission, a Council member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the University of Hong Kong, a Board member of the Junior Achievement Hong Kong, as well as a Committee member of the HKTDC Belt and Road & Greater Bay Area Committee.

Mr. Da LIU’s first traditional Chinese book, “Life Science Investments – Capturing the Next Unicorn” (“生命科技投資啟示錄 - 捕捉下一隻獨角獸”) was launched in November 2021 by the Commercial Press (Hong Kong). It was awarded with Hong Kong Publishing Biennial Awards 2023 in Business and Management sector by the Hong Kong Publishing Professionals Society Ltd in June 2023. His English publication, “Life Sciences Unicorns – From a China Investment Perspective” was launched in June 2023 by the Commercial Press (Singapore). This is the first in Hong Kong that systematically explores China’s life sciences investment from a global perspective.

Mr. Liu is one of the founding Managing Directors of CR-CP Life Science Fund, where he spearheaded a number of successful investments in the life science industry, including Legend Biotech (LEGN.US), New Horizon Health (06606.HK), JW Therapeutics (02126.HK), Sirnaomics (02257.HK), Transcenta (06628.HK) and MiRXES. He started as a Clinical Pharmacist in New York city, later worked with CVS as a Pharmacy Manager. Upon returning to Beijing in 2004, Mr. Liu was the Deputy General Manager for Beijing Pharmaceutical. He later expanded his responsibilities in areas such as business development, supply chain, pharmacy retail, medical devices, as well as sales and marketing. Mr. Liu was Head of Business Development with China Resources Pharmaceutical Group Limited (03320.HK).

Mr. Da Liu is dedicated in contributing to the life sciences ecosystem of Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area: he serves as an advisor to the Committee on Innovation, Technology and Industry Development under the Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau of Hong Kong SAR Government.

Dr. William Wing-Yan LO is currently spending his time as a company director, strategy consultant, educator, private investor and philanthropist, as summarised below.

Founding Chairman & CEO, Da Z Group
Special Advisor to the Board, Glorious Sun (393:HK)
Founding Chairman of Captcha Media (Integrated Marketing Agency) & OtoO Academy (Online/Offline Consumer Retail Advisory & Resources Platform)
INED of various listed companies in HK and US including TVB Ltd (511:HK), SITC (1308:HK), CSI Properties (497:HK), Jingrui (1862:HK), Brightoil (933:HK) & Nam Tai Properties (NTP:US)
On community, Chairman of Junior Achievement Hong Kong as well as the Founding Governor of the Charles Kao Foundation for Alzheimer's Disease and The ISF Academy. Also Member of HKHA/Red Cross Blood Transfusion Services Committee
Advisory Committee Member of Cyberport
HKSAR Government-appointed JP (Justice of The Peace) since 1998
United Nations ESCAP SBN Task Force on Banking & Finance
Advisor, Our Hong Kong Foundation

Experienced business builder in the UK, China and Asia across services, technology and healthcare sectors. Chairman, Director, advisory and mentoring roles in business, community and charity organizations. Angel investor. Supporting children's wellbeing in foster care, education and mental health.

Miranda is a Coach for the SME Instrument of the European Commission, Business Mentor for entrepreneurship programmes in the University of Cambridge and contributes to the University of Cambridge Masters in Bioscience Enterprise course. She is a member of the Department of Zoology Alumni and Fundraising Committee of the University of Cambridge and an Advisor to the Rising Network.

She brings experience as a Technology Transfer Manager at Cambridge Enterprise, University of Cambridge, where she assessed and marketed life science technologies, negotiated licences, and spun-out companies. She was responsible for technology transfer at the University of Cambridge for the Cambridge-MIT Institute. In her five years at the seed capital firm, Cambridge Research and Innovation, she identified and invested in early stage technologies. Miranda co-founded Cambridge Network with Hermann Hauser.

Miranda holds an MA (Cantab) in Natural Sciences, is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and holds the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting’s Diploma in Management Accounting. She has edited eight books and contributes to industry publications.


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