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BioFIT – Day One – Medical spinouts star in Strasbourg

The Future Worlds team arrived at the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès in Strasbourg early on Tuesday morning, poised to exhibit the University of Southampton’s ground-breaking medical innovations to a range of guests and medical companies from around the world at Europe’s leading partnering event, BioFIT 2017.

Future Worlds Medicine’s Brigitte Lavoie expressed her enthusiasm for the day ahead, “I’m looking forward to meeting new companies, finding out what they are looking for and how we can match their needs at the University of Southampton.” Her aim for the day was to make good partnerships with biotech or pharma companies to help support academics within the University and the Future Worlds network.

A sense of anticipation was in the air as the event organisers and companies from across the medical industry prepared for the arrival of over 800 guests to the convention centre. We added the final finishing touches to our stand and the exhibition area became a hive of activity.

It was exciting to see the diverse range of stands within the exhibition, including emerging biotech companies, research institutions showcasing their med tech SMEs and larger pharma, biotech and diagnostics companies.

The Future Worlds team has worked hard in the months leading up to the event to create a captivating and immersive stand. At 8:30am the doors open and as guests start to arrive and gravitate towards our bright and inviting stand, it became apparent that we could be a popular destination for visitors throughout the day.

The networking, round-table discussions and partnering sessions were a brilliant opportunity for our two University spinouts, Renovos and Trimunocor, to engage with other academics, investors, Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) and pharma and biotech companies, with a view to meeting potential project partners to help accelerate their innovations into their desired markets. Dr Agnieszka Janeczek, Business Development Manager at Renovos, had a number of meetings with early stage investors lined up throughout the day. “I am really looking forward to getting Renovos on their radar and hope to meet some possible partners and collaborators in the bone and contract research organisation areas,” she explained.

Throughout the day the SharkStream demo was a fantastic vehicle for attracting attention, sparking many a conversation, and giving the team the perfect opportunity to inform as many people as possible about Future Worlds’ vision and the fantastic innovations that our medical startups and spinouts from the University of Southampton are developing.

The motion capture system, which in its inception originally focused on the gaming market, is showing great promise for adoption in healthcare. “It has the potential to be used in the rehabilitation phase to support the recovery of various injuries, such as bone fractures, empowering healthcare professionals with a tool to determine the best physiotherapy regime or if there is a requirement for surgery,” Product Engineer Tyler Ward explained.

Professor Howard Clark, founder of Trimunocor, explained that one of the highlights from his day was having the ability to consolidate some of the relationships that had been growing from meeting people at previous bio conferences. “This is a huge advantage of these events as these relationships are now leading to concrete proposals for collaborations, which is really exciting,” he said.

Overall our first day at BioFIT was a complete success. During the day we discovered that we were the only exhibiting UK university, which gave the team, and our spinouts, a huge sense of achievement; evidencing that Future Worlds is continuing to pioneer the university incubator model together with the benefits it can hold for students and academics in all industries.

Check back again tomorrow to read more about the Future Worlds team’s second and final day at BioFIT 2017. You can learn more about the medical research and technologies being unveiled at the event here. Find the team at Stand B11 in the Exhibition area from 28-29 November.

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Natasha Nater

Events and Communications
Future Worlds

Natasha manages events and creative content for the Future Worlds Medicine initiative as its Events and Communications Officer, whilst working to establish and grow the Future Worlds network. Natasha brings her combined experience in marketing theory and video production to the team.

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