Arc Universities

In its third year, Creating a Scientific Superpower,  will highlight the UK’s potential in science and innovation. The conference is free to attend and takes place on 18th June 2024 at the QEII Centre in Central London.

Exploring the challenges of establishing an environment that attracts global talent and international business, while facilitating the journey from spin-out to IPO, and securing venture capital during a period of economic uncertainty. The Arc Universities Group, alongside other partners, is sponsoring the event.

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About the event

08:00 – Registration and Networking 

09:00 – Welcome

09:10 – Opening Keynote: Making Britain the Best Place to Innovate 

09:30 – Panel Discussion: What does a good industrial strategy look like? 

Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser at the Centre for Economics and Business Research

Professor Irene Tracey CBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

10:15 – Keynote: The Special Relationship: Why PsiQuantum came home from the US 

PsiQuantum – Mark Thompson, Chief Technologist and Co-Founder

10:30 – Break 

11:00 – Panel Discussion: Is the UK Investable? 

Chair: Tim Smith, News Editor, Sifted

Euan Ashley, Associate Dean – School of Medicine, Stanford University

Spencer Collins, EVP and Chief Legal Officer, ARM

11:45 – Panel Discussion: Powering Progress: Innovative Projects Connecting the UK 

Chair: Barbara Ghinelli, Chief Scientific Advisor, Advanced Research Clusters

12:25 – Lunch 

13:15 – Keynote: Making the UK a Scientific Superpower 

Andrew Griffith, Minister of State for Department of Science, Innovation & Technology

13:35 – Panel Discussion: Innovation Constellation – Connecting Clusters to Accelerate R&D Across the UK 

Chair: Dr. Andy Williams, Chair, Oxford–Cambridge Supercluster Board

Dipesh Shah OBE, Chair – Oxford to Cambridge Pan–Regional Partnership

14:20 – Keynote: Leveraging the NHS and the UK’s Unique Position

Roland Sinker, National Director for Life Sciences, NHS England

14:40 – Break 

15:10 – Panel discussion: Innovative Sectors Driving the Future of Healthcare 

Dr Jon Wilkinson, Director of Business and Innovation, ICR (London Cancer Hub)

15:50 – Panel Discussion: Creating a Global Supercluster 

Steve Rees OBE, Vice President of Discovery Biology – AstraZeneca


16:35 – Closing remarks

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