Entrepreneurship, open innovation & collaboration to be addressed by Discovery Park Chairman this autumn

Martino Picardo to speak at CRACK IT Showcase, Pharma Integrates & CRUK Innovation Summit 2019

Sandwich, Kent, September 9 2019 – The Chairman of Discovery Park, a thriving high-quality science park playing a key role in the South East of England’s life sciences community, will be addressing important drivers in the development of the Park at a series of conferences in the Autumn. At events organized by CRACK IT, Life Sciences Integrates, and Cancer Research UK Martino Picardo is looking forward to talking about his experience in open innovation, pre-competitive collaboration and entrepreneurship. Activities in these areas are part of the growth strategy for Discovery Park and its tenants.

On September 11 in London, Dr Picardo will be launching a review of the NC3Rs (National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research) CRACK IT open innovation platform, which funds collaborations between industry, academia and SMEs. NC3Rs supports the best science and animal welfare at large and small business, and the CRACK IT open innovation platform provides a unique mechanism to deliver advances in this area.

In order to translate new discoveries into patient benefit, Cancer Research UK has established a PACE (Promote an Academic Culture of Entrepreneurship) team focused on driving entrepreneurial activity in its research community. This programme will be launched at the Cancer Research UK Innovation Summit 2019 on October 7 at Alderley Park, Manchester, where Dr Picardo will chair a panel discussing the infrastructure available to support entrepreneurialism.

Finally on November 19 in London he will be attending Pharma Integrates 2019, ‘Shaping Pharma’s Future’, where he will take part in a panel on ‘Accelerating early stage productivity’. This will address the question of whether strategic relationships across the value chain, between CDMOs, CROs, large pharma companies and academia, could accelerate the rate of innovation and decrease early failure rates.


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Editor’s Notes


Discovery Park has grown to be a thriving part of the South East’s life science community over the past seven years as a multi-business science campus. The site offers high quality laboratory, office and manufacturing facilities, the space and support to expand, access to local finance, and a strong local scientific talent pool. The growing tenant community includes Pfizer, which built the site’s reputation as a centre for drug discovery and discovered some of the most famous drugs in the world here. Other tenants include Algaecytes, Canterbury Christ Church University, Centauri Therapeutics, Concept Life Sciences, Genea Biomedx, Mylan and Salvensis. Discovery Park is home to 160+ companies employing 3,500 employees in total. With easy connections to London, Europe and the world Discovery Park is a great place to build and grow your biotech, medtech or pharma business. Discover more via our website: – www.discovery-park.co.uk email: info@discovery-park.co.uk or call: 01304 614060. You can also follow us on social media. @Discovery Park_ Discovery Park – Sandwich, Kent