The UK Spine is a national network of research and clinical collaborators focused on developing new medicines to support healthy ageing and includes Oxford, Birmingham, Dundee, the Crick and the Medicines Discovery Catapult. In alignment with the UK Life Sciences Industrial Strategy the UK Spine will contribute to developing the UK as a global hub for clinical research and medical innovation through efficient and effective partnerships between academia, industry and the charitable sectors. April marks the completion of our first year of activities, additionally it will mark our first annual conference. The event will be hosted at the British Library on the 16th and 17th April, with the first day on focused on the UKSPINE and Knowledge Exchange for healthy ageing and the second day around the Affordable Medicines Initiatives.
The Institute for Affordable Medicines is a multi-discipline initiative seeking to address the following aspects of medicines discovery:
Technical – Undertake research to explore the use of emerging technologies that may be able to reduce the time and cost producing and evaluating compounds.
Legal – explore new models of IP and approaches to open innovation.
Regulatory – With advances in science and the understanding of disease, it may be appropriate to develop novel clinical trial methodologies, new approval routes and adapt regulations. We will engage experts in this field including policy makers and statutory bodies to address this issue.
Financial – Establish a programme of work to explore the complex health and socio-economic components of the medicines discovery ecosystem with a view to identifying new financial models.
Our full programme can be found here.
Day 1 Agenda
09.30 – 10.00: Arrival tea and coffee
10.00 – 10.15: Opening Address | Sir Professor Mike Ferguson, Regius Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee
10.15 – 11.00: The conundrum of creating frictionless KE | Dr Martino Picardo, Chairman, Discovery Park, Sandwich, Kent
11.00 – 11.30: Achieving frictionless knowledge exchange Q&A | Session Chair: Barbara Domayne-Hayman, Entrepreneur in Residence, The Francis CRICK Institute
11.30 – 12.00: Open science in drug discovery and translational projects: opportunities and challenges Q& A – Session Chair: Professor Chas Bountra, Pro Vice Chancellor for Innovation, University of Oxford
12.00 – 13.00: Lunch & networking
13.00 – 14.00: Break-out sessions: 4 parallel sessions further details to follow
14.15 – 15.00: Intelligent clinical trial design & a perspective on healthy ageing/co-morbidities | Prof Chris Buckley, Director of the Birmingham NIHR Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility
15.00 – 15.30: Afternoon tea break
15.30 – 16.00: Lightening talks and an introduction to the Proof of Concept funding call | Session Chair: Dr Paul Mercer, Head of Collaborations CRICK
16.00 – 16.45: What does the future hold? | Professor Sarah Harper – Director Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford
16.45 – 17.00: Closing Remarks | Professor Chris Schofield, Head of Organic Chemistry, University of Oxford
There will then be an evening buffet served at 18.30 and an opportunity to explore the exhibitions at the British Library.
Day 2 (17th April): The Affordable Medicines Initiative: Day 2 will provide the foundation for an Affordable Medicines Initiative to examine all aspects of drug discovery. You are invited to contribute to the development of ideas integral to this ambitious collaboration, to learn from existing success stories, scrutinise barriers and develop innovative solutions to lead the world in making medicine affordable for all. Discussion will touch on issues ranging from intellectual property models, health economics, the use of AI and big data, policy and process to develop novel approaches to discovery and development. We will bring together as many interested parties as possible across multiple sectors to help address this challenge. In this first conversation, we will address a broad spectrum of aspects of medicines discovery leaving aside the issue of healthcare systems themselves. The focus will be on how the we can transform the approach to drug discovery and development to improve its efficiency and efficacy to reduce costs through novel approaches and through learning from other sectors.
We are inviting those interested in engaging with these field to be part of this exciting two day programme. We want to ensure we capture the opportunities and challenges currently faced, engage current and future stakeholders and disseminate what the UKSPINE and related initiatives plan to deliver over the next 12 months. We want to hear from those driving the regulation, innovation and knowledge exchange, those engaged in innovative research, industrial organisations, patient focus groups, charities and clinicians based in these areas.
Tuesday 16th April 09.30 – 17.00, with an evening meal at 18.30
Wednesday 17th April 09.00 – 17.00
British Library, Euston Road, London
Attendance is free, but registration is mandatory, it is possible to register for each day separately.
*About the UK SPINE:
The UK Spine is a national network of research and clinical collaborators focussed on developing new medicines to support healthy ageing and currently includes Oxford, Birmingham, Dundee, the Crick and the Medicines Discovery Catapult, funded by the Research England Connecting Capability Fund. In alignment with the UK Life Sciences Industrial Strategy the UK SPINE will contribute to developing the UK as a global hub for clinical research and medical innovation through efficient and effective partnerships between academia, industry and the charitable sectors.
April marks the completion of our first year of activities, and the first annual conference. The event will be hosted at the British Library on the 16th and 17th April, with the first day focussed on the UKSPINE and Knowledge Exchange for healthy ageing and the second around the Affordable Medicines Initiatives.