The relationship between University and industry and its key role in the success of Cambridge as Europe's largest biotechnology cluster was reinforced at the 3rd Celebration of Biotechnology in Cambridge hosted by Cambridge Enterprise at St John's College, Cambridge last week.
Third celebration of biotechnology in Cambridge
Over 300 University academics and members of the life science community attended the Celebration on Monday 27th March for an evening of networking.
Speaking at the event, Dr Richard Barker, Director General of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, commented on the 'strength of connection that Cambridge is offering to large global companies' and the 'quality of research and the quality of companies' within the Cambridge cluster.
Professor Chris Lowe, Director, Institute of Biotechnology spoke of entrepreneurship within the University highlighting the activities of Cambridge Enterprise, the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, and the Masters in Bioscience Enterprise course and their significance to the Cambridge cluster, citing the success of University originated companies such as Daniolabs, Smart Holograms and Psynova.
The Celebration highlighted the unveiling of the Cambridge Biotechnology Cluster 2006 map, displaying over 200 biotechnology companies and University departments in the Cambridge area. The size of the cluster has increased dramatically since the map was launched in 2003, when less than 100 companies and University departments were featured.
The Celebration was again supported by Founder sponsor The Cambridge-MIT Institute and Platinum sponsor MIT Entrepreneurship Center. Other sponsors included Abingworth Management Limited, Carter Jonas, Deloitte, East of England Development Agency, Eversheds, Genzyme, GlaxoSmithKline, Greater Cambridge Partnership and Marks & Clerk. The Eastern Region Biotechnology Initiative (ERBI) were Industry Advisers.
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