Deep Tech Network Showcase talks + Drinks + Pizza


Admission fee:FREE


October 18, 2022


The Westworks Building (AV theatre on ground floor)
195 Wood Lane
White City Place
W12 7FQ




Imperial College London and Upstream are excited to invite you join us for a series of in-person talks and q&a with the leading minds of our deep tech community, followed by networking. Be inspired by the deep tech innovations from our community of startups, industry & academia who are using science and engineering to develop technologies with the power to transform global challenges that face our planet.

Organised by Upstream and Imperial’s Department of Chemistry and Enterprise Division, the network aims to encourage interaction collaboration between business and Imperial’s researchers, and develop a deep-tech innovation ecosystem around Imperial’s White City Campus.

White City Innovation District

White City’s Innovation District is a growing hub for Life and Physical Sciences, and a hotbed of disruptive and ambitious engineering, involving the world-leading Imperial College London, tech and science startups.

The DeepTech Network Speakers

Event Programme

We have an incredible lineup of talks including:

Laura Towart, Founder & CEO of Vivan Therapeutics – Vivan Tx’s Personal Discovery Process (PDP) is effectively a massive clinical trial for a single patient. The genetic complexity of each patient’s unique tumour network is engineered into an army of 500,000 fruit fly “avatars”. Using robotics, they then evaluate up to 2,000 approved drugs, to identify drug combinations that are efficacious.

Pervinder Sagoo PhD, Director of Gene & Cell Therapy Research at Orchard Therapeutics– Orchard is building on decades of research and advancements in the field of gene therapy to develop potential cures for genetic and other severe diseases. Its approach harnesses the unique power of a patient’s own genetically modified blood stem cells, also known as hematopoietic stem cells, or HSCs, to potentially correct the underlying cause of a genetic disease permanently using a single administration.

Michael K. Leverentz PhD, Research Development Manager at Henry Royce Institute – Atoms2Devices -The Henry Royce Institute supports world-recognised excellence in UK materials research. The particular vision of ‘Atoms to Devices’ (A2D) is to provide the underpinning, cross-disciplinary, technology platforms to facilitate and support the accelerated discovery and development of new device materials. Through the deposition of precisely controlled thin films, the engineering of interfaces, and the ability to control doping on the nanoscale, it enables the design of new devices and new technological solutions that underpin a breadth of societal applications.

Ashkan Kavei, Engineering Lead at RFC Power – Specialising in developing novel flow battery chemistries for energy storage systems, RFC Power focuses on the chemistry, cell architecture and optimisation of flow battery stack components. It is working with partners to build and market its storage systems making use of existing production facilities, supplier networks and economies of scale.

James MacDonald, CTO at Solena MaterialsSolena is a protein materials design company. We use world-leading computational design, machine learning, and automation to accelerate the development of bespoke materials targeted at multiple sectors, from fashion apparel to medical textiles. Our new protein-based fibres will replace materials extracted from nature such as silk and petrochemically-derived materials, to create a new world of biodegradable, functional and sustainable smart materials for consumers, industry, and the planet.

The DeepTech Network Community

If you’re a science, tech or engineering business, academic or startup using deep tech to improve our world, this event is for you!

The DeepTech Network Programme

16:30 Registration + drinks

17:00 Short talks by academics, industry and startups + Q&A

18:10 Drinks, Pizza + Networking

19:00 Event closes


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