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Ignite: A Medical Innovation Summit

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

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.

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. Dabate leads include high profile individuas from regulators, key industrial players, government departments and other stakeholders. 

    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. 

    Ignite summit March 2019

    The next summit will take place in Cape Town, South Africa and will be aimed at innovation leaders across sub-Saharan Africa.  

    Core sessions: Tuesday 26th - Wednesday 27th March 2019

    The Ignite summit featured engaging and dynamic debate sessions:

    • Regulatory and financial drivers and barriers
    • Political influences on medical innovation
    • Attitudes to risk and examples of best practice

    Speakers led a provocative and challenging discussion with participants bringing their own expertise and opinions to the debate. Speakers included high profile individuals from the African Academy of Sciences, Amref Health Africa, South Africa Medical Research Council and GlaxoSmithKline.

    The programme for the 2019 summit is available here -

    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.

    Interested scientists who meet the criteria above should contact Felipe Fouto - f.fouto@ucl.ac.uk.

    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).

    There are up to 15 places available in this cohort.

    FAQs

    What are the personal benefits of taking part?

    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 connection.

    At the end of the summit, participants will be offered CASMI Fellowship and networking opportunities. 

    What are the wider benefits of Ignite?

    We hope that Ignite will spark unique and inspiring debate that will lead to progressive change in the debate and practice around medical innovation. The potential benefits to individuals, institutions and the sector are great.

    What happened in previous summits?

    The first Ignite summit took place in April-May 2017 and the second on April-June 2018. 

    Debate speakers included:

    • Dame Fiona Caldicott, National Data Guardian for Health and Care;
    • Professor Mariana Mazzucato, RM Phillips chair in the Economics of Innovation, University of Sussex;
    • Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, Chair of Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency;
    • Dr Malcolm Skingle, Director, Academic Liaison, GSK;
    • Dr Graham Spittle, Chief Technology Officer, IBM Public Sector Consulting;
    • Rt Hon Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property Law, UCL;
    • Dr Amanda Begley, Director of Innovation and Implementation, UCL Partners Academic Health Science Network.
    • Dr Ian Campbell, Innovate UK interim Executive Chair
    • Dr Corinne de Vries, Head of Science and Innovation Support, European Medicines Agency 
    • Dr Maya Barley, Head of Integrated Solutions and Roadmaps, Philips
    How much does the summit cost?

    The Ignite summit in 2019 is free to attend due to the support from UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund

    How will privacy be ensured?

    Participants will be asked to abide by Chatham House Rules during and after the summit. The aim is to create open discussions where challenging opinions are encouraged.

    How will the summit be evaluated?

    UCL will be evaluating both the content and delivery via surveys and optional interviews.

    How can alumni remain involved?

    Following the summit, Ignite alumni will be offered CASMI Fellowship and have the opportunity to meet previous summit attendees and participate in further networking and engagement opportunities organised by CASMI and UCL. 

    Who should I contact regarding further queries?

    Felipe Fouto, Programme Manager for the UCLH BRC Education theme, is your main contact point for the summit. You can reach him on f.fouto@ucl.ac.uk or +44 (0)203 108 6940.

    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.

    Ignite has also received funding from the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund for the summit in 2019 with a focus on medical innovation around sub-Saharan Africa.