JAWDROP Life Sciences Summit: Addressing Healthy Ageing, Pandemics, & AMR


Admission fee:FREE


February 8, 2024

11:00-17:00 + reception

Molecular Sciences Research Hub (MSRH),
Imperial College London
80 Wood Lane
London W12 0BZ




Imperial College London and Upstream presents Jawdrop Life Sciences Summit: Tackling Aging, Pandemics, & AMR for a Resilient Tomorrow.

Jawdrop is White City Innovation District’s (WCID) summit for academics, startups, scaleups, enterprise and investors.

WCID is fast emerging as a global economic hotspot in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine, business (STEMMB), the arts and media.

The Life Sciences summit will allow industry and academia to share their work in an in-depth manner with an audience of leading scientists, technologists, researchers and decision makers from across White City and other UK ecosystems.

2024 theme : Aging, Pandemics & AMR

This conference explores the synergy between resilience and the life sciences. In a world grappling with the challenges of aging populations, pandemics, and the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the resilience of our species and ecosystems becomes paramount.

Join us as we delve into how the life sciences are not only combating these formidable foes but also redefining our capacity to adapt, evolve, and thrive in the face of adversity.

Come to hear about the innovative solutions, interdisciplinary collaborations, and cutting-edge research that promise to shape a more resilient future for us all.


PANEL 1: A call to action: Creating a resilient UK Life Sciences – more speakers to be announced

  • Emilie Syed (Investment Manager, Parkwalk Advisors)
  • Leigh Brody (Investment Manager, Albion VC)
  • Duleek Ranatunga (CEO, PearBio)
  • Steve Bates OBE (CEO, BioIndustry Association)


PANEL 2: Live long, live strong?: How the White City life science cluster is making old age better.

  • CHAIR: Prof. Payam Barnaghi (Imperial College London, UK Dementia Research Institute)
  • Cynthia Bullock (Deputy Director, UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge)
  • Inga Deakin (Principal, Molten Ventures)
  • George Frodsham (CEO, Medisieve)
  • Nicola Lang (Director of Public Health, LB of Hammersmith & Fulham)
  • Dhivya Ventak (CEO, Esya Labs)


PANEL 3: Riding waves and alarm bells: The next pandemic and how to arm ourselves against AMR.

  • CHAIR: Prof. Neil Ferguson (Imperial College London – Director of the School of Public Health)
  • Suki Balendra (Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust/Paddington Life Sciences)
  • Philip Cruz (Country Medical Director, Moderna UK)
  • Russell Hope (Deputy Director UK Health Security Agency – AMR Division)
  • Sam Reed (CEO, DNAe)
  • Nina Zhu (Research Lead, NIHR)


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