UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences


Ignite: A Medical Innovation Summit

Ignite is a summit with a difference. By bringing together leaders in medical innovation to challenge each other, learn from other sectors and develop new ways of thinking and working, we will change the future of medical innovation and accelerate progress.

Ignite will be an immersive and challenging experience that will position participants to drive change in medical innovation.

At the end of Ignite participants will:

  • Deeply understand medical innovation pathway and how it is changing;
  • Understand their and others’ role in creating change;
  • Understand technical and social science aspects of regulation;
  • Make meaningful connections.

How will the summit work?

Ignite comprises of immersion experiences, debates, networking and reflective discussions.

Debates aim to give a 360-degree view of medical innovation reflecting on provocative questions. Speakers include:

  • Dr Ruth McKernan FMedSci, Chief Executive of Innovate UK;
  • Dr Malcolm Skingle, Director, Academic Liaison, GSK;
  • Professor Jonathan Montgomery, Professor of Health Care Law, UCL;
  • Dr Harren Jhoti FMedSci, Chief Executive, Astex Pharmaceutical;
  • Dr Amanda Begley, Director of Innovation and Implementation, UCL Partners Academic Health Science Network;
  • Dr Corinne de Vries, Head of Science and Innovation Support; European Medicines Agency.

Immersion sessions will expose participants to the day-to-day working of organisations aligned to medical innovation such as NICE, GSK, the UCL Partners AHSN. The sessions will allow participants to foster new collaborations and build their knowledge of the network of organisations essential to innovation. 


Core sessions: Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th April 2018
Amplification session: June or July 2018 (Date tbc)
Immersion sessions

How can I get involved?

Participants will:

  • Be senior scientists (group leaders) from academia and industry;
  • Have existing research expertise in any area of medical innovation;
  • Have demonstrable interest in driving change in medical innovation.

There are ten places available in this cohort.

Interested scientists who meet the criteria above should complete the application form by Friday 9th February 2018, 16:00.

You will be asked for your contact details, CV and you will be asked to answer the following questions:

  • What is your current research focus and how does your research relate to medical innovation? (maximum 500 words);
  • Why would you like to attend the summit and what is your desired outcome? This may include potential impacts on your career (maximum 500 words).


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Who is sponsoring Ignite?

Ignite is a collaboration between the Centre for the Advancement of Medical Innovation (CASMI) and the UCL Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). Ignite is a part of a wider drive for investment in developing new models for medical innovation and building capacity in relevant research areas.