Date: 19 January 2012
Venue: Royal College of Physicians, London
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After years of development, personalised health care is starting to move into clinical practice - and patients, healthcare providers and payers could all benefit. This conference highlights:

  • Case studies - where, and in for what indications, has it been shown to work already?
  • Modeling - What would be the public health impact be if scaled up across an entire country or the European Union?
  • Management - How should health authorities adapt to maximise the benefit and minimise the cost?
  • Investment - What companies, large and small, will be first to capitalise on this opportunity?
  • International - How can EU coordination, and international collaboration, speed adoption?

The conference will draw on new research by Science|Business on the macroeconomic impact of personalised health care across the EU. It will provide policy input, networking and information-sharing for:

  • Public health authorities and payers across the EU
  • Biopharma, ICT, diagnostics and device companies, both small and large
  • Investors and analysts
  • Researchers in industry and academia


8:30 – 9:30 Registration 

9:30 – 9:45 Introduction

9:45 – 10:30 Innovation in personalised health care during an era of austerity

  • Alexander von Gabain, Chairman of the Governing Board, European Institute of Technology 
  • Sir Richard Thompson, President, Royal College of Physicians
  • Jesper Nørregaard, Research Director, The Danish Institute for Health Services Research
  • Adam Heathfield, Director Science Policy Europe, Pfizer
  • Matthias Haury, Head of Science Operations, COST

Moderator: Richard Hudson, CEO & Editor, Science|Business

10:30 – 11:15 The Research Results: Improving the treatment of cardio vascular disease and breast cancer with personalised & stratified health care

  • Walter Van Dyck, Associate Professor of Innovation Management, Vlerick Leuven Management School

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 – 12:30 State of the art: Comparing best practices in personalised health care

  • Fabien Calvo, Deputy Director General, Director of Research, French National Cancer Institute
  • Robert C. Wells, Head of Biotechnology Unit, Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD
  • Lukasz Szumowski, Chair, Department of Arrhythmia Institute of Cardiology, Warsaw, Poland
  • Elizabeth Foot, CEO, London Genetics
  • Stephane Berghmans, Head of Unit, Medical Sciences, European Science Foundation 

Moderator – Duane Schulthess, Commercial Director, Science|Business

12:30 – 13:40 Lunch -sponsored by Novartis

13:40 – 14:25 What is the right model for reimbursement that won't kill innovation?

  • Donald Singer, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Warwick University
  • Richard Fitzgerald, Consultant in Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Liverpool
  • Erik Tambuyzer, Managing Director of the Center for Medical Innovation (CMI), Flanders, Belgium
  • Nick Crabb, Associate Director - Diagnostics Assessment Programme, Centre for Health Technology Evaluation, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
  • Diego Ossa, Director EU Market Access, Novartis Molecular Diagnostics

Moderator: Irene Norstedt, Deputy Head of Unit, Personalised Medicine, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Breakouts: 14:25 – 15:10

Managing risk in healthcare IT systems that cost big money

  • John Crawford, Healthcare Industry Leader, IBM
  • Bart  De Loore, Vice President New Business and Managing Director NXP’s Personal Health business
  • Walter van Dyck, Associate Professor of Innovation Management, Vlerick Leuven Management School

Moderator: Emma Palmer Foster, Strategic Communications Consultant, London Genetics & Oxford Capital Partners

Battle of the bulge: successful approaches to fighting obesity and chronic disease  

  • Carl Johan Sundberg, Head of Unit Bioentrepreneurship, Karolinska Institutet; Vice President, Euroscience
  • Sudhesh Kumar, Pro Dean of Research, Warwick University
  • Marek Dziubinski, CTO and President, Medicalgorithmics

      Moderator: Robert C. Wells, Head of Biotechnology Unit, Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD

15:10 – 15:40: Coffee Break

15:40 – 16:25 Standardization, data protection, and scale: how do we manage medical information in an interconnected Europe? 

  • John Crawford, Healthcare Industry Leader, IBM
  • Zahid Latif, Head of Healthcare, UK Technology Strategy Board
  • James Peach, Director, Cancer Research UK
  • Peter Peumans, Department director bio-nano electronics, IMEC
  • Carl Johan Sundberg, Head of Unit Bioentrepreneurship, Karolinska Institutet; Vice President, Euroscience

        Moderator: Richard Hudson, CEO & Editor, Science|Business

16:25 – 17:10 Best practice vs the nanny state: balancing efficacy and freedom of choice

  • Tom Hudson, President, European Cancer Patient Coalition
  • Neil Ebenezer, Head of New and Emerging Technologies, Devices Division, Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • Irene Norstedt, Deputy Head of Unit, Personalised Medicine, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Jean-Marie Aerts, Associate Professor, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven 

Moderator: Duane Schulthess, Commercial Director, Science|Business

17:10 – 18:00 Cocktail Reception 

Robert C. Wells
Head, Biotechnology Unit, OECD
Fabien Calvo
Deputy General Director, Institut National du Cancer
Bart De Loore
Vice President New Businesses, NXP Semiconductors
Monica Dietl
Director, COST
James Peach
Director of Stratified Medicine, Cancer Research UK
Walter Van Dyck
Associate Professor of Innovation Management, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School
Alexander von Gabain
Chairman of the EIT Governing Board and Founder of Intercell AG

The Royal College of Physicians is the oldest and most prestigious English medical foundation, incorporated by Royal Charter in 1518.  Since then, for nearly 500 years, the College has promoted the highest standards of medical practice.

The College is now in its fifth home, an elegant, award-winning, modern building, situated in a stunning setting overlooking Regent’s Park in the heart of London.

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The Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Regent's Park
London NW1 4LE


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