Keynote speakers announced for SBC Open Innovation Summit

Registration now open

Stevenage, UK, August 20 2012 – Keynote speakers for ‘Open Innovation in Action’, taking place on November 15 2012 at Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst (SBC), the UK’s first open innovation bioscience campus, have been announced. Patrick Vallance, President, Pharmaceuticals R&D at GlaxoSmithKline, and Stefan Lindegaard, open innovation expert and author, will be providing their insights at the conference, which is SBC’s inaugural open innovation summit.  Registration is now open1.

In his role as President, Pharmaceuticals R&D at GSK, Patrick ensures that the company maintains a flow of potential new medicines through the R&D pipeline from early discovery through to approval. Since joining from University College London, where he led the Division of Medicine, he has transformed GSK’s discovery engine. Stefan Lindegaard2 is a leading consultant and adviser to companies on open innovation and intrapreneurship. He has worked with a variety of companies, from Bang & Olufsen and Lego to Novo Nordisk, and is the author of two highly rated books on open innovation, The Open Innovation Revolution, and Making Open Innovation Work.

Other speakers include Martin Leblanc, President and CEO of Caprion Proteomics, Dr John Anson, Vice President at Oxford Gene Technology Biomarker Discovery and Dr John Bell, Vice President at Philips Research. With the summit focusing on making open innovation work in practice, these speakers and others will discuss using this emerging tool to boost productivity and competitiveness, a key issue for the global life sciences sector.

‘We are delighted to have attracted keynote speakers of such high calibre to SBC’s Open Innovation Summit’ said Dr Martino Picardo, CEO of Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst. ‘With these and many other fascinating presentations, and an interactive approach throughout the day, we expect attendees to make new and interesting connections to help them develop their businesses further.’

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