Since Matt started at the Institute in 2014, he has taken the Institute’s seminar programme from strength to strength, resulting in a packed schedule of both national and international speakers. Matt’s initiative and ambition has ensured BI leads the way in EU-LIFE seminars, with other Institutes now following suit. Additionally, Matt has worked hard to develop Institute-campus interactions by developing and supporting company-hosted seminars, improving communication and encouraging networking.
Melanie Eckersley-Maslin and Ferdinand von Meyenn:
Melanie and Ferdinand recognised the need for a robust assay to assess the quality of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) quality, both for use as a research tool and clinically. Working in the Reik group
, they successfully applied for a Babraham Institute Commercialisation Grant from the Institute’s Translational Advisory Group (TAG). Whilst working on this project they have arranged mentoring sessions with TAG member Dr Cathy Prescott, who has extensive experience in the commercialisation of stem cell technologies, enabling them to develop an understanding of the market around their technology.
Nicolas Le Novère
Nicolas organised a one day EMBO special interest symposium on the topic of ‘Systems Biology of Epigenetics and Cell Fate’, obtaining funding both from the KEC Committee and commercial sponsors. The symposium attracted speakers/delegates from across the EU, resulting in the development of new relationships. Nicolas also started a special interest group ‘SysMod’ which aims to bridge the gap between bioinformatics and systems modelling – bringing together a variety of researchers.