The story of Big Pharma in India- Do patients or patents win?

Does the justice system oversee big pharma and its drug patent culture? Who does this culture benefit the most- pharma or the patients? Here is a case study in India where the generic drug manufacturers won against a major pharma company, with many seeing this as a victory for patients in terms of drug afforadability. Read on this opinion piece here…

SIUKatowice: The Power of Poop with Prof. Ted Dinan

SIUKatowice recently hosted Prof. Ted Dinan, currently the Professor of Psychiatry and a Principal Investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College Cork. As an expert in intestinal bacteria, he presented recent findings in the field of psychobiotics- illustrating a pronouced connection between gut microbiota and host mental health. Read here to learn more…

SIUOxford Career Session: The Path to Industry

SIUOxford recently hosted their first event as part of SIU Career Sessions- a new series addressing different career paths for scientists, e.g. in industry, start-ups, and consulting. We welcomed Dr. Jan Nygaard Jensen from NovoNordisk and Dr. Ita O’Kelly from Immunocore. Read here to learn their invaluable advice for early career researchers thinking about transitioning to industry.

Translating Cell and Gene Therapy: Interviews with Dr. Bo Kara and Dr. Jacqueline Barry

Ahead of the SIULondon ‘Advances in Immunotherapy’ event, we interviewed Dr. Bo Kara from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Dr. Jacqueline Barry from Cell and Gene Therapy (CGT) Catapult. Both experts share their role in supporting the cell and gene therapy field and give their insights on industry science and more… Read on here.

How to treat neurological diseases by optogenetics

Nature Methods has previously considered it as the innovative 'method of the year'. Learn more about the relatively nascent field of optogenetics with this detailed review, which introduces the fundamentals of the technique and its promising applications in treating neurological diseases, spinal cord injuries, blindness and more. 

How are tech giants innovating in the healthcare space?

Innovation in healthcare technology is being spurred on not just by startups, but also by major players in the tech world. How are giants like Apple, Google and Amazon getting involved in the personalised, digital healthcare space? Keep updated with this new review. 

In Conversation with Co-founder of Vida: Devika Wood

Ahead of SIULondon's upcoming event 'Young Innovators vs Investors' on 20th March, we interviewed another anticipated member of the discussion panel - Devika Wood, Founder and CEO of Vida, a healthcare technology platform company focusing on delivering personalized and quality care. She has also featured on the Forbes '30 under 30' list 2018.  Read here for her startup story and advice for budding entreprenuers. 

Investor vs Young Innovator: Q&A with Paul Dowling and Maciej Manka

Ahead of SIULondon's event on 20th March, 2018 (Young Innovators vs Investors), we had the opportunity to interview two of the speakers- Paul Dowling, CEO of Dreamstake & Maciej Manka, Student at UCL . They represent the investors and innovators community respectively, sharing their story and advice on entering and succeeding in the innovation and startup scene.  

SIUOxford: How Innovation is Solving the Energy Crisis

SIUOxford partnered with the Oxford Energy Society to host an enlightening event on 'How Innovation is solving the Energy Crisis'. Our invited speakers, all leaders in the energy field, shared their opinion on  the democratization of energy, alternative storage solutions, fusion technology and much more. Read the full event summary here! 

“New Era of Medicine”: Pills with a digital tracking device

Is the healthcare revolution all about digitalization? Check out this article on the first ever digital pill approved by the FDA : Abilify MyCite. How can this help physicians track if patients are adhering to prescriptions? What about data privacy? Find out more here. 

SIUOxford: From Idea to Startup

SIUOxford hosted a very popular event on 12th Feb 2018. We welcomed Dr Michalis Papadakis, CEO and co-founder of Brainomix, and Lachlan MacKinnon, a principal at Oxford Sciences Innovation (a £600m fund). They shared important insights on growing a science start-up and gave expert advice on approaching the investment landscape. We give you here a must-read coverage of their advice for scientists interested in the startup scene. 

SIULondon: Bridging Frontiers in Space Medicine- Translational Science in Extreme Environments

On February 7th, 2018, SIU London welcomed two speakers from King's College London, Prof Thais Russomano &  Prof. Stephen Harridge, who both have research fields that cross on the topic of the human condition in space flight. Read here to discover what was shared on the medical challenges faced in microgravity, how these are being overcome, and the value of these studies for terrestrial medicine. 

SIUConversations Frankfurt: Academic Breakout- Alternative Careers in Biotech

On January 25th, 2018 SIU Frankfurt hosted a highly attended event on alternative careers in big pharma and biotech. Dr. Jens Atzrodt, Karin Messer and Dr. José Airas were our guest speakers, who have leading roles in R&D, Human Resources and Consultancy at Sanofi Germany and Merck respectively. Read on for their advice to early career scientists open to pursuing careers in industry...