The SIU 2017 Spring Term educational programme aims to guide participants through many of the key practical skills required to take an idea from laboratory research and published work to a fully formed and translatable business idea. The talks will cover subjects such as; combining roles in academia and biotech; analysing, fine tuning and executing your plan for a biotech business; patenting your research to add value and defensibility to your business; and insights into how to attract the big science funders.



GUEST SPEAKER: Tessa Davis, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

A3 lecture hall, Medical University of Silesia (5:30 PM - 7:00 PM)

Dr. Tessa Davis is a Paediatrician specialising in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. She creates and delivers online learning resources for healthcare professionals. Tessa is passionate about the use of social networks and technology to improve patient care. She is a media commentator for child health issues and speaks about paediatrics and technology at conferences all over the world. Tessa is currently working in London.

In 2015 Tessa won the NSW Minister for Health Registrar of the Year Award.

As a student or a healthcare professional, do you feel that you  often get lost in the patient's history and struggle for differential diagnosis?
This session will aim to educate on how academia and the healthcare industry can combine to translate knowledge from the patient's history into a probable diagnosis using a clinical support tool. This will be an interactive session, looking at medical case studies and solving problems. Attendees will also be able to explore the possible career options in medicine with a Q&A session. Entrance is free, however to be in the chance of winning a stethoscope from a random draw, raffle tickets can be purchased at 1zl each. Light refreshments will be provided.

GUEST SPEAKERs: Piotr Bańka (medtube) and dr joanna kowalik

A3 lecture hall, Medical University of Silesia (5:00 PM - 6:30 PM)

MEDtube is an online video-centric education and communication platform for healthcare professionals, originally created by Polish transplantologists in 2010. The online library contains medical videos, images, medical cases, visualisations and animations, as well as other professional materials, encompassing all medical specialties. The materials are shared by physicians, medical societies, universities and other institutions all over the world, from Poland to the USA.


SESSION 2 (16/05/17): The Revolution of Surgery and the Rise of Technology

Do you realise how FAST technology is shaping the future of medicine?
Our biggest tool now sits in our pockets and on our desks as mobile phones and tablets.

Join us on May 16th to discuss the history and the future of surgery, in collaboration with MEDtube.

Guest Speakers: Dr Krysztof Jakubczak, Dr Zbiniew Nawrat, Piotr Krajewski, Dr Oskar Kiwic

A3 lecture hall, Medical University of Silesia (5:30 PM - 9:00 PM)

Dr Jakubczak graduated from the Institute of Optoelectronics of the Military University of Technology in Warsaw (MSc) and Czech Technical University in Prague (PhD).  He is an experienced R&D engineer and manager in the optoelectronics domain. He worked as a Deputy Project Manager at new R&D HiLASE Center in Czech Republic on innovative laser technologies for industry and as an Operations Director for the National Center for Research and Development. He cooperates with LaserLab Europe, MIT Enterprise Forum Poland, Polish Standardization Committee, investors and technological innovators.

Dr. Nawrat is a theoretical physicist, who devoted his professional life to advance the field of medical robotics and artificial organs. He pioneered research in artificial organs domain, especially heart valve prostheses and blood pumps (POLVAD) and created the Robin Heart surgical robot - first Polish and European telemanipulator for heart surgery. He developed the application of computer simulation in surgical planning and founded the International Society for Medical Robotics. He works in Medical University of Silesia Department of Cardiosurgery and Transplantology, Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development as a director of Institute of Heart Prostheses and is a member of Biomechanics and Biomaterials sections of Polish Academy of Sciences.

Mr. Krajewski has his masters in Computer Science and Electronics from the Technical University of Wroclaw. He has shown that he can turn dreams into concrete projects with his personal story prompting him to set up CancerCenter.AI, which aims to improve the diagnosis of cancer. He does his own business (, and is involved in projects in the field of science and business. 

Dr. Kiwic is a young inventor and future doctor, who believes in the power of technology and medicine. In addition to his medical degree, he also has an additional qualification in neuroscience in which he obtained from the University of Glasgow. For the last couple of years he has been developing products in healthcare. Now he runs CardioCube, a game-changing medical artificial intelligence company helping cardiac patients. 

Session 3 (12/10/17): The Rise of Artificial Intelligence

17:30 – 17:45 Introduction to Science Innovation Union (SIU)
17:45 – 18:00 Speaker 1: Dr. Krysztof Jakubczak, An experienced R&D engineer and optoelectronics domain manager
18:00 – 18:15 Speaker 2: Dr. Zbiniew Nawrat, Theoretical physicist, director of Institute of Heart Prostheses
18:15 – 18:30 Speaker 3: Mr. Piotr Krajewski, CEO and owner of Cancer Center AI helping to improve cancer diagnoses
18:30 – 18:45 Speaker 4: Dr. Oskar Kiwic, CEO and startup owner of CardioCube, a medical artificial intelligence company designed to optimize patients therapy treatments
18:45 – 19:15 Q&A and panel discussion

19:15 onwards there will be drinks and small bites in the foyer outside the A3 Conference Hall








A3 lecture hall, Medical University of Silesia (5:30 PM - 7:30 PM)





Session 3 (17/11/17): The Future Careers of Medical Students and Resident Physicians

The role of the physician is constantly evolving just as healthcare systems are continuously being amended. Physicians, making up the bulk of the primary health work force, require an equally strong healthcare system that cares not only for its patients, but for its employees as well. With ongoing changes in political, social and economical landscapes, the healthcare system needs reactionary changes that creates a healthy relationship between the patient, the doctor and the governing authority, allowing for the doctor-patient and government-doctor relationship to be equally satisfied and strong. The establishment of this relationship is the cornerstone for future of Polish medical students and resident physicians. 

We would like to invite you to an educational discussion of this very relationship with our panelists consisting of Polish and foreign medical students, government health officials and resident physicians, who will shed light onto the current hunger strikes concerning healthcare in Poland and other controversial topics whilst standing true to the Hippocratic Oath! 

There will be a networking session & drinks reception after the event!


Session 4 (30/11/17): The BRAIN IN A NUTSHELL


A3 lecture hall, Medical University of Silesia (5:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

Dr. Bert Sakmann - Nobel prize co-winner in physiology for discoveries concerning the function of single ion channels in cells for which was invented the patch clamp technique, inaugural director of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, and head of the Research Group “Digital Neuroanatomy”.

Pawel Soluch - CEO of NeuroDevice, neuropsychologist, graduate and employee of Warsaw Medical University.

Jakub Bania - hypnotherapist you based in Krakow who uses his hypnosis as a therapeutic technique to help people change their emotions, and alter destructive habits and patterns.


The brain, a complex object, consisting of 100 billion neurons and weighing a kilogram and a half, is able to store an amount of information that has no equal. With its wealth of knowledge and experience, it is no wonder that by constantly interacting with the physical and social environment, the brain drives behavior, individual and collective choices, creating the foundation upon which is embedded the evolved methods of communication and interaction, framing the political, economic and industrial choices of our mindsets. Increasing our understanding of the brain and improving the methods to study would enable scientists to develop an alternate reality for brain pathologies, a reality opening the medical world to a plethora of diagnoses, technology, knowledge and even cure. Research will also help us find out more about normal human behaviour and mental wellbeing, and can help develop artificial intelligence. By gathering knowledge about our very own powerhouse of knowledge, we can alter our psychological, sociological, and biological realities; the implications of this continuous curiosity are astounding and ever more pressing as technology evolves. As well as treating illnesses, research could also lead to better understanding of how we learn, allowing us to optimise our own intelligence, thereby opening a gateway for an optimistic cognitive progression.

There will be a networking session & drinks reception after the event!