The Programme

Preliminary Programme

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Wednesday, September 11, 2024

Royal Veterinary College, London NW1

10:00 am – 5:30 pm: Registration Desk Open, Exhibitor Hall Open

11:00 – 12:30 pm: Lunch and 1:1 Partnering Meetings

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Interactive Workshops 1

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Coffee Break

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Interactive Workshops 2

Workshop by Argenta

5:00 pm – 6:00pm: Keynote welcome address

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Welcome Reception

Thursday, September 12, 2024

Royal Veterinary College, London NW1

8:30 am – 5:00 pm: Registration Desk Open, Exhibitor Hall Open,

8:30 am – 10:00 am: 1:1 Partnering Meetings

10:00 am – 10:15 am: Day Two Commencement 

10:15 am – 11:30 am: Panel Discussion – Emerging Diseases and the Importance of Early Disease Detection

Chair: Dawn Howard (Chief Executive, NOAH)


Prof Bryan Charleston (Director and CEO, Pirbright Institute)

Dr Helen Roberts (Non-livestock disease policy, risk and science advisor, DEFRA and Chair of Human Animal Infections and Risk Surveillance Group (HAIRS))

Muna Anjum (Bacterial Characterisation Workgroup Leader; Antimicrobial Research Lead, Chair of Academic Board at Animal and Plant Health Agency)

Steve Nanchen (Senior Director, Head External Innovation, Elanco Animal Health)

Paul Dick (President, Paul Dick and Associates)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Pitch Session I – Start Ups

Chair: Scott Roberts (Reader in Translational Skeletal Research, Royal Veterinary College)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch and 1:1 Partnering Meetings

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Pitch Session II – Academics

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm: Panel Discussion – Policies and Regulations that Encourage Innovation

Panellists include:

Veterinary Medicines Directorate (name tbc)

Donal Murphy (Deputy CEO and Head of International and Regulatory Affairs, NOAH)

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) (name tbc)

Chris Lyons (Innovation Lead Agriculture Agriculture and Food Innovate UK)

Grace O’Gorman (Head of External Affairs, UK Agri-Tech Centre)

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Coffee Break

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: 1:1 Partnering Meetings

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm: Closing and Presentation of Awards

Friday, September 13, 2024

Sponsored by RVC

RVC Hawkshead Campus

Day 3 of the conference provides a unique opportunity to visit the RVC’s Hertfordshire campus to explore cutting edge facilities and hear about our world leading research into animal health and innovation.

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Depart RVC London – transport arranged

10:30 am: Arrive Hawkshead campus

10:30 am – 10:45 am: Refreshments served on arrival

10:45 am – 11:15 am: Host welcome –Animal Innovation at the RVC

Prof Stuart Reid CBE (President and Principal, Royal Veterinary College)

11:30 am – 12:45 pm: RVC academic innovation showcase

Chair: Jo Bailey (Head of Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation, Royal Veterinary College)

A series of talks and conversations highlighting academic innovation in livestock and companion animal health from the Royal Veterinary College.

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch and networking

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Innovation Focus -Tours

Unique insight and tours to delegates of RVC facilities and centres to include:

Centre for Vaccinology and Regenerative Medicine.

Tour lead Professor Dirk Werling (Professor of Molecular Immunology, Royal Veterinary College)

Centre for Translational Research and Clinical Imaging (TRACI)

Tour lead: Dr Victoria Watts (Senior Veterinary Research and Clinical Radiographer, Queen Mother Hospital for Animals)

Structure and Motion Laboratory

Tour lead: Professor Richard Bomphrey (Professor of Comparative Biomechanics, Royal Veterinary College)

Epidemiology, modelling the value of pharmacological interventions to farmers

Workshop leads: Professor Javier Guitian (Professor of Veterinary Public Health, Royal Veterinary College) and Dr Pablo Alarcon Lopez (Senior Lecturer in Animal Health Economics, Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health Group, Royal Veterinary College)

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm: Closing session – Keynote discussion: Animal welfare in animal innovation (RVC)

Dr Siobhan Abeyesinghe (Associate Professor in Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science, Royal Veterinary College)

4:00 pm: Return transport to London