Innovation

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! 

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. 

Diagnostic Radiology Guided by Machine Learning

Pneumonia affects hundreds of millions of people a year around the world and early detection of the disease is one of the most important preventative measures to bring the numbers down. CheXNet, a deep learning algorithm developed by scientists in Stanford, is one of the methods we can utilise machine learning for early detection of pneumonia. 

SIUConference Oxford: Neurotechnology and Applied Neuroscience

As part of our SIU Conference series, the Oxford division hosted three speakers at the ‘Neurotechnology and Applied Neuroscience’ event on 23rd November 2017 at Magdalen College, a primary sponsor of SIUOxford. Our speakers were selected based on their shared experience of utilising some aspect of applied neuroscience for social and/or commercial impact.

SIULondon - Commercial Strategy: How a Bad Commercial Strategy Can Kill a Great Technology

On November 16, 2017, the London Division of the SIU organised a workshop with Dr Jeff Skinner, the Executive Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School on commercial strategy. The main focus was on what it means to develop a commercial strategy for a researcher and if it is actually needed when the underlying technology is compelling enough to sell itself.

SIUConversations Oxford: Academia And Industry - Advancing Science And Your Career

SIUOxford hosted our first educational event for this academic year on November 16th 2017, titled ‘Academia and Industry: Advancing Science and Your Career’. We welcomed three professionals, all with experience in both academia and industry, to share their career journeys and to offer advice to attendees on how to approach bridging the gap between the two areas.

TCAR vs. Traditional Surgeries: Is TCAR A Promising Innovation?

Stroke is considered a pandemic because of the number of people affected every year around the world. Complications arising from methods traditionally used in treatment of blockage of arteries - an underlying cause - have led to the birth of TransCarotid Artery Revascularisation (TCAR) method. This article brings you all you want to know about this promising innovation.

A Journey from Research to Commercialisation of Science – An interview with Dr Jeff Skinner

It is a common struggle for many aspiring scientists to gain knowledge and support to commercialise their scientific ideas. We interviewed Dr Jeff Skinner, the Executive Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School (LBS).

SIUConversations Katowice: The Rise of Artificial Intelligence

We restarted our SIUConversations series with the new academic year in Katowice on October 12 and had a fantastic line-up of speakers to tell us about the latest in integration of Artificial Intelligence and robotics into healthcare and medicine. Here is the summary of the thought-provoking evening.

From AI to Machine Learning in Mental Health: In Conversation with Dr Samantha Scholtz

Integrating digital innovation into medicine is a very up-and-coming trend. Can we say the same when it comes to mental health? Here to tell us is Dr Samantha Scholtz, a consultant psychiatrist and R&D manager for the West London Mental Health Trust.

Nanomedicine: A Look At Applications, Commercialisation and Featured Company MagForce

At their minuscule sizes of billionths of a metre, nanoparticles and their use in medicine brings about the field of nanomedicine, a field that carries a potential that is everything but minuscule. Read on to find out just what nanomedicine means and why it's of 'giga' importance.

Microfluidics in Medicine

From diagnosing diseases to growing organs in miniature environments to effective delivery of drugs to their targets, microfludics opens the door to a big world of potential in medicine. Read the last of our microfludics series to discover how the simple process of flowing liquids through microchannels can harbour an explosive innovative potential.

Microfluidics and Biological Research: The perfect partners?

Mimicking and understanding the environment molecules, cells and organs work in requires creative thinking and sublime engineering. Microfluidics technology is a product of such a process and makes it possible for researchers to achieve results that cannot be achieved by other means. Read the first instalment of our new 3-part series on microfluidics here to see what we mean.

How to develop an idea from an Msc project to a company - the “loud sound” of Krotos

Monsters growling, robots talking and creatures screeching. Remind you of that movie you watched not long ago or the latest computer game you started playing? Ever wondered how these sounds come to be? Then read our interview with Orfeas Boteas, an entrepreneur who started a company to design sounds, after he did his master's on producing a sound tool.

The New Healthcare Revolution: Innovating in a Digital World

On June 15th SIU held another SIUFocus session in London with a panel of speakers. The discussion was about the ongoing revolution in healthcare brought on by use of digital means for patient data storage, patient monitoring and services provided. Read on to find out what our experts said about what exactly the new healthcare revolution means for patients, healthcare professionals and innovators.

Enterprising Women: How the Greek Financial Crisis Inspired a Startup

Spotting an unmet need and coming up with ideas to meet it are essential for the success of a startup. Where your ideas stem from, however, can be completely unrelated to your background and expertise. Dr. Denise Xifara was the guest of Enterprising Oxford recently and here we bring you the story of her, her doctorate in genetics, the Greek financial crisis and her startup Nupinion.

The Revolution of Surgery and The Rise of Technology

It's the 21st century and technology has a bigger impact on shaping our lives than ever. The same is true for medicine. There are online platforms and tools to help physicians perfect their knowledge and skills. In the second SIUConversations event in Katowice, our speakers from MEDtube told us how.

SIUConversations Cambridge: "Meet the Founder: Pitch Perfect"

An engaging pitch can be everything when it comes to convincing your audience of the importance, novelty and potential of your ideas. In our "Meet the Founder: Pitch Perfect" event in Cambridge on May 4th, we had the chance to get tips from founders who successfully pitched their ideas to investors. Here is a summary of the enlightening event.