Industry and academia symposium: Improving translation in neuroscience’

Building bridges with business with the BNA

Monday 1st February 2021 at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, London.

Please also join the FREE online webinar When industry meets academia: Sir Mene Pangalos on improving translation on 15th September, 10:00 - 11:00 am BST. 

Improving translation in neuroscience’ will explore the key factors inhibiting effective translation of research between academia and industry, identify how to achieve successful translation, and provide delegates with meaningful and practical ways to accelerate their own work, whether that’s in the academic or commercial sector. The day will incorporate education, networking and interactive sessions to share knowledge to improve translation in neuroscience, and will have a strong credibility in neuroscience component to it.

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Breakout sessions and focused networking surgeries will be led by key representatives from:

The programme is being led by a team of industry and academic experts who will also be leading brainstorming breakout sessions on the day, including:

  • John Isaac - J&J Innovation
  • Matthew Ives - Abcam
  • Zoe Kourtzi – Cambridge University
  • Paul Wright – LifeArc
  • Tom Otis – Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
  • Manfred Berners – Berners Chapman
  • Anne Cooke - BNA
  • Kevin Cox - Biorelate Ltd
  • Alan Palmer – Entrepreneur


Catering and refreshments

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

In an effort to reduce the carbon footprint associated with food waste at conferences and events, the default option will be vegetarian. Meat will not be provided at lunchtime unless specially requested by indicating in the ‘requirements’ section during registration.

All other special dietary requests (vegan, gluten-free, halal etc) can also be catered for by requesting in the ‘requirements’ section during registration


This event will take place at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, 25 Howland Street, London, W1T 4JG. The closest tube stations are Warren Street (Victoria Line) and Goodge Street (Northern Line).

A map to the venue and further information can be found here



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This meeting was funded, in part, by sponsorship from Novartis.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please download the sponsorship prospectus here


This event is generously supported by the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre and Gatsby Charitable Foundation


Building Bridges Between: Industry and academia

If your organisation would like to be involved with the ‘Building Bridges Between: Industry and academia’ initiative, then please contact:
Sophie Sykes-Jerrold, Development Director ( 

Please consider becoming a member of the BNA to support our work to advance the field of neuroscience.



Registration is FREE for BNA members! 

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  Member Non-member BNA membership fee Saving made by joining
Undergraduate/ 'A' level student £0 £30 £12 £18
Postgraduate £0 £45 £24 £21
Early Career Scientist/ Clinician £0 £70 £48 (direct debit)/ £52 £22/ £18 
Full/ Full industry £0 £105 £79 (direct debit)/ £85 £26/ £20

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