IntroductionSir Ian Wilmut joins entrepreneur Simon Best and international research scientist Christine Mummery at Forum event.
StorySir Ian Wilmut joined entrepreneur Simon Best and international research scientist Christine Mummery - who recently led the team which cloned the first human heart from stem cells - for a public panel discussion of the latest successes, failures, and new prospects for the science and industry that famously produced the first clone from an adult animal, Dolly the sheep.
‘From Darwin to Dolly and Beyond’, is part of the Festival of Politics and is organised by the ESRC Genomics Forum, based at the University of Edinburgh, in association with the British Council and BioIndustry Association, Scotland.
Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, Director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh
Professor Simon Best, Vice-Chairman of the UK India Business Council (UKIBC) and a Non-Executive Director of Polytherics Ltd. and Entelos Inc
Professor Christine Mummery, Professor of Developmental Biology and Head of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology, Leiden University Medical Centre
Professor Nigel Brown (Chair), Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh
Discussion topics include:
How the life sciences, particularly in Scotland, have moved on since Dolly, and the industry’s latest successes, failures, and new prospects
Setting up biotech businesses in Scotland
How industry interacts with academia to decide which subjects are worth commercial exploitation and the future for close academic-industrial links in Scotland
Is research conducted and supported differently in other countries and what difference does that make?
Professor Steve Yearley, Director of the ESRC Genomics Forum commented, “Dolly was a world first and a graphic example of the vibrancy of the life sciences in Scotland. This event provides us with an excellent opportunity to look at how science, industry and public attitudes have developed in the decade after devolution and to learn from experiences in other European nations’.
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