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Workshop overview:

The workshop willl be based around a technology roadmap developed by the Technology Strategy Board in consultation with a wide group of stakeholders.  The roadmap will be explained and participants will have the opportunity to input their ideas and knowledge to ensure the roadmap is kept up to date.  The workshop will be interactive and participants will work in breakout groups on various topics before sharing their ideas with the larger group.


Key Benefits of Attending:
  • Analyse how to identify and validate relevant biomarkers
  • Discuss ideas to overcome current obstacles in the adoption process
  • Develop strategies for adoption and reimbursement
  • Network with key industry professionals


Who should attend?

Heads of Department, Directors, Managers, Team Leaders Researchers and Scientists from:

  • Biomarker Discovery and Validation
  • Biobanking 
  • Research and Development                             
  • Neurology/Neuroscience
  • Oncology
  • Respiratory
  • Toxicology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Medical Directors 
  • Imaging and Diagnostics
  • Translational Medicine
  • Biostatistics and Modelling
  • Genomics/Bioinformatics/Neuroinformatics

Dr. Graham Bell: Following a PhD in Immunology Graham moved to th ecommercial sector and is an experienced biotech executive having spent over 20 years in R&D management and corporate development roles.  He was Head of Cell Culture with Medisys before joining Cyclacel where he carried out a series of roles from Senior Project
Manager to Coroprate Development.  He has been with Technology Strategy Board since Oct 2010 overseeing the Stratified Medicine Innovation Platform.
Dr. Zahid Latif: Zahid qualified as a pharmacist in 1992, and after a stint in hospital pharmacy, went on to complete a PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry. He then spent 11 years in R&D and operations management working with SME biotech companies such as Xenova, MNL & Integrin and multinationals such as Wyeth. He joined the Technology Strategy Board in Oct 2007 as Lead Technologist in Medicines and Healthcare and was promoted to Head of Healthcare in 2010  


About the Technology Strategy Board: 

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s Innovation Agency, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills. Our goal is to accelerate economic growth through stimulating and supporting business-led innovation.  We work with and across Government, Business and Academia and our organisation is composed primarily of personnel from business with an understanding of the commercial and technical challenges in specific markets. Our innovation support activities include knowledge exchange, networking and collaboration, and funding for innovative projects. We provide advice to government on policies relating to technology, innovation and knowledge transfer.

Workshop programme

12:30 Registration and Coffee

13:00 Welcome and Introductions

13:10 Identifying Relevant Biomarkers

13:45 Demonstrating Clinical Validity

14:45 Afternoon Refreshments

15:00 Driving Adoption/Reimbursement

16:10 Discussion Session

16:45 Close of Workshop


Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

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As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


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