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The Festival of Genomics and Biodata 2023

After taking things digital for the past 2 years, the UK’s largest genomics event is back – and back to being in-person!

That’s right – the Festival of Genomics and Biodata 2023 is making a triumphant return to the Business Design Centre in London on Wednesday 25th– Thursday 26th January, and this time it’s bigger than ever! More stages, more speakers and more chances to network – what more could you want?

It’s been a long three years since our last face-to-face meeting, and a lot has changed – not least in the genomics and biodata fields. We can’t wait to reunite the community and we’ve gone to extra lengths to ensure this year’s Festival is jam-packed with additional features and activities!

Here’s a sneak peak of what’s in store:

  • We’ve got around 150 speakers lined up for you this year – more than ever before at an in-person Festival!
  • This year’s agenda will cover the full spectrum of related topics you know and love, including clinical genomics, cancer genomics, single cell & spatial, liquid biopsy, biodata, multi-omics, and advanced sequencing approaches.
  • Back by popular demand – Talkaoke (AKA “the flying saucer of chat”) will grace us with its themed discussions and engaging free-flowing discussions. Come along to this hosted pop-up show and talk (or debate) about any topic you choose – or take part in one of our themed discussions!
  • A vibrant exhibition floor packed full with more than 90 booths showcasing the companies driving innovation in the genomics and biodata sectors.
  • And don’t forget to head to our Tree of Life Café to re-fuel between sessions!
  • A chance to catch up with or make new connections at one of our many networking spots – from the Speed Networking sessions to the Meetings Zone, there’s a space for whatever style of catch-up you need.  
  • Exclusive content from our Round Table Discussions and the Interview Lounge – head on over to hear some exclusive insights from thought-leaders on selected topics. 
  • The Poster Zone lets you share your latest research with fellow attendees – and you might even be able to find a new job (or employee) in the Career Zone.
  • Entertainment – because we all need some downtime too! Once your brain is filled to the brim with insights from the day, head to the Qiagen drinks reception at the Tree of Life Café and be sure to stay around for the Festival at Night – a chance to relax with other attendees and, of course, be entertained! We’ll be revealing more details about the entertainment on offer in the coming weeks. 

If all this hasn’t convinced you, maybe our incredible speaker line-up will:

  • Hear from our fantastic keynote speakers, including Paul Workman (Harrap Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, The Institute of Cancer Research), Mark Effingham (Deputy CEO, UK Biobank), Dame Sue Hill (CSO, NHS England) and Mike Hubank (Scientific Director of the NHS North Thames NHS Genomic Laboratory Hub and Head of Clinical Genomics (Research) at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust).
  • Listen in as our Keynote Panel, consisting of Andrew Morris (Director, HDRUK) Nicola Perrin (CEO, AMRC) and Rolf Apweiler (Director, EMBL-EBI), explore the use of big data in 2023 and beyond…
  • Cathie Sudlow (Inaugural Director, The British Heart Foundation Data Science Centre) will be sharing how the UK can get ready for incorporating genomic data in health data research studies at whole population scale.
  • Adam Phillipy (Head of Genome Informatics Section, National Human Genome Research Institute) is going to be discussing how we can finally finish the human genome.
  • Davide Gianni (Senior Director, AstraZeneca) will explore using CRISPR screening for target discovery.
  • We’ve also got some great panels for you drug hunters: Harnessing the Power of Real-World Evidence in Drug Discovery and Development, featuring Sajan Khosla (Executive Director, Global Head of Real World Evidence, AstraZeneca), Michael Wallington (Director and Global Oncology Real World Evidence Scientist Team Lead, Pfizer) and Alireza Moayyeri (Senior Real World Evidence Expert, UCB).
  • Human genetics and genomics for target discovery and drug discovery with Robert Scott (Senior Director, GSK)and Nikolina Nakic (Head, V2G2F, Computational Biology, GSK).
  • Wilfried Haerty (Group Leader, Earlham Institute) will explore Multi-Omics Approaches for Drug Target Discovery.
  • And you can hear about Omics, Big Data & Drug Discovery with Gitte Neubauer (VP, Omics Technologies & Head of CellZome, GSK), Joanna Betts (Head Translational Computational Biology, GSK) and Justin Johnson (Executive Director, AstraZeneca).

We’ve got such a breadth of topics for you to explore it would be difficult to list them all, but here’s an idea: advanced sequencing technologies, clinical genomics, multi-omics & integrative analysis, neurodegenerative disease, big data & drug discovery, patient engagement, CRISPR & genome editing, the microbiome & metagenomics… and plenty more! New for this year, we will also have talks on women’s health, reproductive health, rapid WGS and newborn screening.

The truth is, we haven’t even scratched the surface of what’s on offer yet. Get your ticket now to avoid missing out on what promises to be an incredible event! For more information and to see if you’re eligible for a free ticket, visit the Festival website.


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