‘From Research to Commercialisation’ Health & Food SME Forum

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Date of event: 17 February 2016
Event ends: 17 February 2016
Start time: 19:00
End time: 20:30
‘From Research to Commercialisation’ Health & Food SME Forum

'From Research to Commercialisation' Health and Food SME Forum will see presenters from a number of contrasting SMEs providing their insights into their collaborative innovations across their health, food and nutrition businesses.


SMEs are at the heart of economic growth and innovation. The role that universities can, and should, play in supporting SME growth - in order to bolster innovation, the local economy and hence job creation - has been highlighted repeatedly.

As part of its strategy of building strong links with businesses, the University of Reading is organising this health and food business forum for SMEs. The aim is to promote a variety of ways in which SMEs and the University can work together.

There will be presentations from a number of contrasting SMEs providing insights into their collaborative innovations across their health, food and nutrition businesses, giving an SME perspective on how collaboration with the University of Reading has delivered significant benefit to their businesses.

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A panel of the speakers.

The speakers include:

Dominic Beham, VP & CSO, Arena Pharmaceuticals
Graham Waters, CEO, Clasado BioSciences
Ajay Luthra, CEO, BioInteractions
Colin Hill, MD, Valley Produce
Al Edwards, Director & Co-Founder, CFT

The panel will be moderated by Jurek Sikorski, Business Development Lead & Executive in Residence at Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship.HCfE Logo

There will also be a networking session that will showcase a variety of outward-facing specialist contract facilities and services at the University of Reading available commercially to businesses in the health and food industry.

This panel is to be help on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 beginning at 5:30pm and is for life sciences focussed SME businesses that wish to lean from others and are interested to understand how trusted support can help. There will be time for Q&A and Networking with peers.

Henley Business School expects that these speaker panels will help make a difference to SMEs in their pursuit of growth and demonstrate that collaboration with the Henley Business School at the University of Reading and the Berkshire Business Growth Hub can have a transformative effect on SMEs.

The University of Reading is committed to work with the SME community in the Thames Valley region for mutual benefit.

In Partnership with:

Thames Valley Berkshire LEP Business Growth Hub

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If you have any questions, please contact Jurek Sikorski by email at jurek.sikorski@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 8188.
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For more information please contact Alex Baker by email at a.j.baker@henley.ac.uk or by phone on 0118 3788691.

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