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Science Capital Meetings

AI & Digital Meeting

aiRegister for our Artificial Intelligence & Digital Technology webconference on June 10 to gain advice and support for your digital/ICT and artificial intelligence focused venture, spin-out, start-up or SME. Present your plan to our panel of advisors and investors for expert guidance and feedback.

Ag&Environment Mtg

The following pitched Agriculture & Environment plans on May 13, 2020.

1. Luc d'Abadie, New Paradigm Hempery

2. Neil Keown, Founder, Sawback Technologies

3. Igor Kovalchuk, Director, InPlanta Biotechnology

4. Ahmad Yehya, President, Nabati Foods

5. Trevor Macdonald, Partner, Crowdblink

6. Yanguang Yuan, CEO, BitCan Geosciences & Engineering

7. Jeremy Sluyters, CTO, Symbiotic EnviroTek Inc.

8. Luisa Orsini, CTO, Daphe Water Solutions

COVID-19 Meetings

The following presented COVID-19 plans on April 15, 2020.

Therapeutics & Prophylactics chaired by Michael Overduin

09:00 John Dennis, CEO, SolAeroMed: S1226 to treat Covid-19 related lower respiratory tract viral infection

09:20 Khaled Barakat, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta on computer-aided drug design of small molecule inhibitors

09:40 Darrell Tan, Clinician-Scientist, Options Lab, St. Michael's Hospital is leading a COVID-19 Ring-based Prevention Trial With Lopinavir/Ritonavir

10:00 Carlos Cervera, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alberta: Early use of Tocilizumab to improve the prognosis of COVID-19 associated disease requiring hospital admission

10:20 Bruno Villoutreix, Research Director, Inserm, Computational exploration of MAP kinase-activated kinase 2 (MK2): toward the rational design of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) therapeutic agents

Medical Devices & Diagnostics chaired by Cameron Smithers

10:40 Alessandro Biglioli, Elsius Biomedical: Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

11:00 Gregg Oldring, CEO, Zept: A COVID-19 contact tracing app that honors civil liberty

Public Health & Epidemiology chaired by michael overduin

11:20 Nora Spinks, CEO, Vanier Institute of the Family: COVID-19 effects on families including those of immigrants, lowes incomes and Indigenous origins

11:40 Dawn Kingston, Professor, University of Calgary is developing HOPE Digital Mental Health Platform

12:00 Prabhat Jha, Professor of Global Health, Centre for Global Health Research, University of Toronto: COVID-19 Cause of Death Exploration (C-CODE): A Novel Mortality Data Documentation and Discovery Platform

12:20 Kelley Lee, Simon Fraser University: decision making that strengthens global coordination of response to COVID-19

12:40 Adam Balogh, RN at the Stollery, CEO and Founder of Staffing Call, an app that addresses the issue of last-minute absenteeism and short-staffing in hospitals with a focus on the need of intensive care environments.

Anniversary Meeting

Science Capital's Anniversary Conference which was originally scheduled for Tuesday April 28, 2020 has been cancelled. We are instead offering teams to present their plans at our monthly webconferences which are held jointly with DiscoveryLab.

You are welcome to present a business plan in any field or stage to a panel of supportive legal, financial and entrepreneur advisors for free. Everyone is welcome to register to present at this Zoom webconference and input in the discussion about how to better support innovation.

Our meetings are intended to help innovators who are looking to commercialize new technologies and high value research products and services in any field.

You'll have the opportunity to meet with business, legal and financial advisors, network with colleagues, and present your plan. Those who typically pitch include academic researchers, clinical scientists, and directors of new ventures, spin outs or SMEs.

Presenters are asked to describe their unique edge, market leading position, team, intellectual property, business strategy, products/services to be developed, investment desired, timeframe for delivery, and any issues they'd like help with.

A short (~10 min) presentation focused on their business plan is given to a panel of advisors and inverstors. Constructive verbal and written feedback is given to the team to help them develop their plan, and contacts are shared for follow up meetings.

Business Advisors for the private business plan pitching sessions:

Beverley NielsenBeverley Nielsen is the Lib Dem candidate for West Midlands Mayor, and Associate Professor and Director at the IDEA Institute at Birmingham City University where she supported the growth of >45 new start-ups. She was the first female director of AGA Rangemaster plc, later becoming MD of its subsidiary, Fired Earth, worked at the CBI for over a decade, and was awarded Midlands Business Woman of the Year.

Martin Green

Martin Green, Founder and CEO of Blueberry Consultants, focusses on creation of new products and companies. He started programming on small microcomputers while at school, and after University established a game development company, ATD. Martin has been directly involved in the creation of three other start-up companies, and has been a director of two other UK technology companies.

chris moore

Chris Moore, Partner, HGF, is a patent attorney covering engineering and chemical fields , with specialisations in aerospace and automotive technologies, green technology, medical devices, plastic electronics, ceramics, polymers, CVD and plasma deposition, fuel cells and analytical chemistry/instrumentation.

jamesJamie Elliott, Innovation Lead, West Midlands Combined Authority, coordinating innovation activities and linking different parts of the WMCA and wider partnership, working with the LEPs, Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands and Science parks. Previously Digital Innovation Manager, Areca Design and Founder, Vive Virtualities.

Richard MinerRichard Miner, Founder and Director of Enterprise FD, with experience with growing entrepreneurial business, finance raising, investment appraisal, identification of value drivers and exit planning. He is a member of the CMI and ICAEW and a Non Executive Director at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.

Geoffrey Beanland

Geoffrey Beanland, with experience directing companies in healthcare and biotechnology markets, previously Chairman of Oxford Pharmacy Store, Polybiomed and Plasso Technology, Board member of Oxford Expression Technologies, held senior positions at Baxter International, Bristol Myers Squibb, Head of the Healthcare and Biotechnology Division, Scottish Development Agency.

Paul Heaven

Paul Heaven, Director, Jerroms Corporate Finance, providing corporate finance services for small to medium sized businesses in a diverse range of sectors. Founder/Director, Blue Sky Corporate Finance Ltd specialising in corporate finance consultancy for early stage enterprises. Member of the Regional Finance Forum representing the interests of the Business Angel Networks in the region. Board member of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.


Patrick Duxbury, Partner, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Specialises in all aspects of non-contentious intellectual property law in the life sciences sector. Transactions include several licensing and collaboration deals for biotech and pharmaceutical company clients such as BioXell, Cambridge Antibody Technology Group, Astex Therapeutics, Eisai, PanGenetics, Prosidion, The Wellcome Trust, Renovo and others.


Giles Brindley, Director, Enterprise Mastery, Coach and Facilitator (EMCC) in Strategy, Innovation & Sustainability, enabling high performing and high potential leaders in creative and innovation-led industries to tackle challenges in strategy, innovation and sustainability. Over the years Giles has worked with several hundred people: working one-to-one, in small groups and teams.

As well as the 140 members of the DiscoveryLab panel of advisors.


Aysha Ali

Aysha Ali, Research Associate at the University of Edinburgh, is focusing on developing low-cost solutions for the simple and robust diagnosis of tuberculosis and antimicrobial resistance. Previously a Postdoctoral Researcher in Diagnostics at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture. PhD in Chemistry, University of Birmingham.

Michael OverduinMichael Overduin, Professor at the University of Alberta, is developing polymers for preparation of membrane proteins in native nanodiscs for drug discovery, and focusses on signaling targets involved in cancer and diabetes. He directs DiscoveryLab and NANUC in Edmonton, and established the Henry Wellcome Building for Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy at the University of Birmingham.


Marcella Erskine, Founder and Director of Music Shakers, which provides classes in Birmingham. She created a programme of music and movement experiences that enhances early childhood development and fosters community building. She has Master’s degree in Social Work from Hunter College, New York and a BSc in Psychology from Colorado State University, and teaches at One World Montessori School.


The plans, thoughts, and opinions expressed by presenters belong solely to the presenters. DiscoveryLab and Science Capital do not support or promote the research presented, we provide an open forum for discussion.

Pitch your plan

Obtain feedback on your business idea and explore new partnerships. Scientists, start-ups and SMEs are invited to present their plans for a free private consultation during with a panel of legal, business, financial and investment advisors who are experienced in developing commercialisation strategies. Places are limited, please register soon to secure your place.

Busines Plan Presenters at previous Science Capital events include:

  1. Amit Pate, SnaptivityApp
  2. Andrew Davies, STI Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  3. Andy Downing, Pengower
  4. Anoop Kumar Jain, Mars Flexible PackaginG
  5. Anthony Bradburn, bubblecard
  6. Baptiste Lamarre, NPL
  7. Barry Lambert, Medstars Limited
  8. Caezar Al-Jassar, University of Birmingham
  9. Chris Buckingham, GRiST
  10. Chris Coulson, University Hospital Birmingham
  11. Colin Adams, University of Birmingham
  12. Daniel Blyden, YEP Media
  13. Daniel Thompson, Query Tree
  14. David Broadbent, Cyberjenn
  15. Deepak Pathak, WEWANA Play
  16. Defang Ouyang, Aston University
  17. Don Dhaliwal, Refractiv
  18. Felicitas Freeman, LOCS Publishing Ltd
  19. Frank Neumann, Innaxon Therapeutics
  20. Furrukh Haseen, Haseen tech
  21. Gordon McKenzie, Michelson Diagnostics
  22. Gregory Sporton, Birmingham City University
  23. Heather Duncan, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  24. Ian Weatherhogg, Refractiv
  25. Jeremy Wyatt, University of Birmingham
  26. John Burke, Zero Energy Systems Ltd
  27. Juma El-Awaisi, Braci
  28. Kaizen Matsumoto, Pulmonoclean
  29. Les Lindsay, Diabetic Boot Co
  30. Liam Grover, University of Birmingham
  31. Luke Alderwick, University of Birmingham
  32. Luke Mulekezi, Pengower
  33. Marc Seager, bubblecard
  34. Mark Cobbold, University of Birmingham
  35. Mark Thompson, AceOn Solar
  36. Martin Levermore, MDTI
  37. Matam Rajeswari, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  38. Mevish Akhtar Aslam, Kreative Squid
  39. Mike Edwards, Meteor Power
  40. Mourad Oussalam, University of Birmingham
  41. Norman Leece, Gasfill Limited
  42. Omar Saeed, MyLabStock
  43. Paul Chadwick, Ergohome
  44. Paul Hung, ACTAtek
  45. Piers Cave, Eco Answers
  46. Radu Sora, Polysemantic
  47. Richard Griffin, BaaSE
  48. Rob Benson, Share Marketing
  49. Samantha Thodhlana, YEP Media
  50. Sean Derrig, Chemex
  51. Shameem Kazmi, Intelipac Innovations
  52. Stanislav Kolpakov, Aston University
  53. Stuart Alexander, Lucidity Networks
  54. Subhasis Banarjee, Origin Biomarkers
  55. Thomas Lipinski, Green Structures
  56. Tim Knowles, University of Birmingham
  57. Yolande van Niekerk, Medstars

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