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23 September 2021 - 24 September 2021
Zurich, Switzerland
Open Innovation in Life Sciences 2021

The Life Sciences Innovation Day brings together leaders from academia and industry (e.g. academic/clinical scientists, biotech & pharma, CROs, SMEs, etc.) to discuss current challenges and develop new concepts for an ecosystem for fostering open science and innovation. In this ecosystem of public-private partnerships, members from academia, industry, and society connect, share perspectives, and directly collaborate on high-impact research and development of projects with defined outcomes tangible in the public sphere.

The specialization of scientific researchers has been essential for developing expertise in many individual fields comprising the biomedical landscape, but the resulting culture of specialty silos has diminished cross-disciplinary collaborations, which are crucial for addressing complex problems that directly impact societal stakeholders. As a consequence, the recognition and trust of the public towards scientists has diminished, research funding has stagnated while pressing issues in medicine remain unresolved. The disruptive COVID-19 pandemic has reiterated the need to establish a fluent exchange between society and scientists, ascertaining the latter as allies of society's health and in turn, biomedical development.

To encourage open dialogue in Open Science, in the keynote lectures and expert panel discussion session, attendees will discuss: 

  • Open science in COVIDtimes
  • Sustainability in science
  • Science communication
Attendees will also have the opportunity to pitch open science and innovation ideas and stand a chance to win prizes.

Explore the lineup of keynote speakers and panelists on our Agenda!


Opens on 21 June 2021


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