Pioneer Presents: Healthy Ageing Launch Event

  • 10:30, 24 Apr 24 - 16:00, 24 Apr 24
  • Kent Science Park, Sittingbourne
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Every person – in every country in the world – should have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

Join us for this exciting Pioneer Presents event to hear from experts carrying out cutting-edge research and innovation into healthy ageing, creating the environments and opportunities that enable people to be and do what they value throughout their lives.

Living well with age-related diseases- Ageing is a driving factor of various age-related diseases, including neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, immune system disorders, and musculoskeletal disorders. Efforts to find drugs that improve the health span by targeting the pathogenesis of ageing have now become a hot topic in this field.

The role of nutrition in healthy ageing- Eating a nutrient-rich diet is the key to maintaining a high quality of life and staying healthy for years to come. By understanding the importance of nutrition, it is possible to boost immunity, guard against chronic diseases, and make sure the body gets what it needs to age healthily.


  • 10:00 Coffee and Registration
  • 10:30 Welcome and introduction to Pioneer Group- Jeroen Houtzager, Pioneer
  • 10:45 Adding Life to Years: The Healthy Ageing Challenge- George MacGinnis, Challenge Director, Healthy Ageing, UK Research and Innovation
Session One: Healthy Ageing Research
  • 11:15 Nutrient-sensing pathways in cognitive aging- Professor Gary Frost, Imperial College London
  • 11:35 A healthy gut – the key to maintaining a healthy immune system with age- Dr Niharika Duggal, University of Birmingham
  • 11:55 Increasing health span by targeting fundamental ageing mechanisms- Professor Richard Faragher, University of Brighton
  • 12.15 Lunch and Networking
Session two: Scaling up and spinning out innovations for healthy ageing
  • 13:00 The role of collaboration in developing cell and gene therapies for healthy ageing- Lee Dunham, Director of Business Development, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult
  • 13:20 A collaborative framework for drug discovery in healthy ageing- Dr Graeme Wilkinson, Head of Virtual R&D and Strategy Leader – Ageing, Medicines Discovery Catapult
  • 13:40 Developing life-changing medicines for people with serious diseases- Harshit Shah, Senior Director, Jazz Pharma
  • 14:00 Regenerative therapies for age-related hearing loss- Dr Terri Gaskell, Chief Technology Officer, Rinri Therapeutics
  • 14:20 Experimental immunology, immune response and tissue damage- Dr Masih Alam, Director, ImmunDNZ
  • 14:40 Immuno-oncology, autoimmune disease and infectious disease- Maria-Christina Delioglani, OncImmune
  • 15:00 Optional Tour of Kent Science Park Ventures Building; Perfect for small to medium start-ups, this newly refurbished building contains CL2 labs and office space.
  • 16:00 Close