In its third year, Creating a Scientific Superpower, will highlight the UK’s potential in science and innovation.

Exploring the challenges of establishing an environment that attracts global talent and international business, while facilitating the journey from spin-out to IPO, and securing venture capital during a period of economic uncertainty.


08:00 – Registration and Networking

09:25 – Welcome

  • Matt Allen, Executive Director, Supercluster Board
  • Max Bryan, Head of Laboratory & Office Agency, Bidwells

09:45 – Panel Discussion: What does a good industrial strategy look like?

  • Chair: Professor Greg Clark, CBE, Chair, Connected Places Catapult
  • Rt Hon Greg Clark MP
  • Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser at the Centre for Economics and Business Research
  • Professor Irene Tracey CBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

10:30 – Keynote: The Special Relationship: Why PsiQuantum came home from the US
PsiQuantum – Mark Thompson, Chief Technologist and Co-Founder

10:45 – Break

11:10 – Panel Discussion: Is the UK Investable?

  • Chair: Tim Smith, News Editor, Sifted
  • Euan Ashley, Associate Dean – School of Medicine, Stanford University
  • Spencer Collins, EVP and Chief Legal Officer, ARM
  • Andrew Williamson, Managing Partner, Cambridge Innovation Capital
  • Sheelpa Patel, Senior Advisory Board Member, Kings Entrepreneurship Lab

11:55 – Panel Discussion: Powering Progress: Innovative Projects Connecting the UK

  • Chair: Barbara Ghinelli, Chief Scientific Advisor, Advanced Research Clusters
  • Darius Hughes, General Manager, Moderna
  • Sam Adlen, Co-CEO, Space Solar
  • Nelly Phillips, Head of Space Systems Strategy UK, Airbus

12:40 – Lunch

13:20 – Keynote: Making the UK a Scientific Superpower
Andrew Griffith, Minister of State for Department of Science, Innovation & Technology

13:35 – Panel Discussion: Innovation Constellation – Connecting Clusters to Accelerate R&D Across the UK

  • Chair: Dr. Andy Williams, Chair, Oxford–Cambridge Supercluster Board
  • Dr Richard Hutchins, MD – Oxford to Cambridge Pan–Regional Partnership
  • Sir John Peace, Chair, Midlands Engine
  • Pam Smith, CEO, Newcastle City Council
  • Jessica Bowles, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Impact, Bruntwood SciTech

14:20 – Keynote: Leveraging the NHS and the UK’s Unique Position
Dr. Kristin-Anne Rutter, Executive Director, Cambridge University Health Partners

14:35 – Break

15:00 – Panel discussion: Innovative Sectors Driving the Future of Healthcare

  • Chair: Sarah Haywood, Managing Director, Advanced Oxford
  • Dr Jon Wilkinson, Director of Business and Innovation, ICR (London Cancer Hub)
  • Professor Rafael Carazo Salas, Founder and CEO, CellVoyant
  • Javier Alvarez-Valle, Senior Director of Biomedical Imaging, Microsoft
  • Rebecca Ganz, Chair, BlueSkeye AI

15:45 – Panel Discussion: Creating a Global Supercluster

  • Chair: Andy Teacher, Strategic Adviser, Podcaster & Entrepreneur
  • Steve Rees OBE, Vice President of Discovery Biology – AstraZeneca
  • Emma Frost, Chair UK Innovation Districts Group
  • Dr John Baker, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Manufacturing, Abcam
  • Dr Angela Kukula, CEO, MedCity

16:30 – Final Comments and Close