On 28th March, Golden Triangle Came to Silicon Valley Innovation Forum (SVIF”) at Oak Creek Cubhouse. The corners of the triangle are formed by the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, and to the south-east, Imperial College London and three constituent colleges of the University of London granted degree-awarding powers: King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, and University College London. (Wikipedia) SVIF, 30 San Francisco Bay Area Innovation scholars and policy mavens make their voices heard at a bi-monthly meeting.
Prof. Henry Etzkowitz, the forum’s chair, introduced Prof. Helen Lawton Smith, from the Department of Management, Birkbeck, University of London. She presented a keynote speech “The London-Oxford-Cambridge (Southwest) Golden Research Triangle: hype or reality? – A bio-innovation complex to overtake US”. Two main issue were addressed (i) why it is necessary for translational research to be institutionalized into multi-scalar cooperation and (ii) how such cooperation may or may not improve the effectiveness of translational research mechanisms employed by entrepreneurial universities. She introduced the new, a £2.92m investment funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, together with £1.2m from the Mayor of London’s Office.
MedCity will “span everything from research, to clinical trials, to manufacturing, across biotech, med tech and health tech” to help it in its mission “to cement London and the greater south east of England as a lead destination for life sciences research, development, manufacturing, and commercialization.” During her speech, the prospects for MedCity were also addressed, including its top down strategy, etc. Prof.Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, Chair in the Department of Geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo, also gave an outstanding speech about related issues. The event was followed by constructive comments, which made the gathering highly fruitful.