MedCity: Your front door to the life sciences sector of London & England's greater south east




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Video title: MedCity: Your front door to the life sciences sector of London & England's greater south east
Released on: December 20, 2016. © PharmaVentures Ltd
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    MedCity is a collaboration between the Mayor of London and the capital’s three Academic Health Science Centres - Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre, King’s Health Partners, and UCL Partners.
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MedCity is a collaboration between the Mayor of London and the capital’s three Academic Health Science Centres - Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre, King’s Health Partners, and UCL Partners.
arah Haywood became Chief Operating Officer of MedCity in October 2014, after fulfilling the role in an acting capacity since its launch in April 2014 alongside her position as Head of Life Sciences at London & Partners, and was appointed CEO in December 2015. She is a graduate of the NHS Management Training Scheme in Wales and started her career in the NHS, working in a number of NHS Trusts, including Great Ormond Street NHS Foundation Trust, before joining Novartis Pharmaceuticals Research as the Head of Operations for a neuroscience drug discovery unit, located on the UCL campus. From there, Sarah joined the civil service and undertook a number of roles as a member of the Senior Civil Service, including leading the DTI (now BIS) Bioscience Unit before it became part of the Office for Life Sciences. Her last role in BIS was leading the design and legislation for the extension of the right to request flexible working and the shared parental leave system. In January 2014 she joined London & Partners where she worked with Dr Eliot Forster to establish MedCity. Sarah has a degree in Biology from the University of Oxford, a post graduate diploma in management and an MA in human resources management; she is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Launched in April 2014 to promote and grow the world-leading life sciences cluster of England’s greater south east, it is promoting life sciences investment, entrepreneurship and industry in the region by: Providing a single front door and concierge service for industry and investors looking for partners, infrastructure and expertise Facilitating and supporting collaboration across all parts of the sector to turn innovations into commercial products and services Fostering an environment that supports and encourages entrepreneurialism Raising awareness globally of the region’s rich life sciences ecosystem It is supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Mayor of London, and works with the region’s academic, research and NHS institutions, as well as local enterprise partnerships and the Mayor’s official promotional organisation London & Partners. Over the next 20 years, MedCity will position the greater south east of England as a world-leading, interconnected region for life sciences research, development, manufacturing and commercialisation to stimulate greater economic growth.