Posted by: Sarah Hollely Date 03/10/17

The University of Sheffield and Sheffield City Region partners are hosting the 8th international BIN@ event in Sheffield on October 30th, 31st & November 1st 2017.

On Tuesday 31st October Prof Marco Viceconti will be speaking as part of the workshop on ‘Disrupting the drug discovery lifecycle’. Also speaking are: Joao Transmontano – CEO, Biolotus Biotech; Adriano Henney – Secretary General, Avicenna Alliance for Predictive Medicine;  & Markus Reiterer – Principal Scientist, Medtronic Corp

This session will analyze the current drug discovery lifecycle with emphasis on the duration and cost of the process. Alternatives to radically change this process will be discussed. The drug discovery process has remained unchanged during the last half century with complex development processes and long clinical trials with increasing costs. Advances in technology during the last decade may radically change this process reducing time and costs. New technologies may replace animal and clinical trials reducing the risk to humans, the cost and the length of such trials. Implications, difficulties and opportunities ahead will be discussed. How will regulatory authorities react to these advances? When will they be accepted and implemented? When can we expect them to become routine in drug discovery?

BIN@ is an informal international network of partners from across industry, academia, investment, incubation, business development and economic development agencies supporting the sharing of good practice and knowledge and promoting open innovation.

Their network helps to connect partners from across disciplines and industry sectors to create opportunities for collaboration and cooperation, supporting partnerships that can deliver value and impact.

The main theme for this year will focus on how new technologies and processes, and in particular “digitalisation” will impact our lives and business across the following areas:

1. Industrial digitalisation (day 1) – Exploring the challenges and opportunities that digital technology and automation present for the manufacturing industry and how businesses can become more productive and competitive by harnessing these new skills.

2. Health and wellbeing (day 2)– Exploring how digitalisation of services and innovative technologies have the potential to transform the future of health and social care, overcoming growing barriers such as ageing populations, budget restraints and challenges of modern life.

3. Smart cities & mobility (day 2)– Exploring smarter and more sustainable urban infrastructure and services to accommodate the growing population that live and work in cities.

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