Guiding Nightstar

Professor Robert MacLaren
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14:30 - 15:00
Innovation Conversations - Online Talk
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Lectures and seminars
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The Vice-Chancellor's Innovation Awards 2020, announced in late July, celebrate research-led innovation at all University levels that is having societal or economic impact.

Now a series of online Innovation Conversations, taking place throughout September, offer the chance to hear more from each of the winners, as well as ask questions about their award-winning research.

The second Innovation Conversation in the series begins at 2.30pm on Wednesday 9 September 2020 featuring Overall Winner of this year's VC Innovation Awards and Inspiring Leader, Professor Robert MacLaren.

Gene therapy may help to slow or even stop the degeneration in genetic eye diseases. Research led by Professor MacLaren led to the spinout of Nightstar which was acquired by Biogen for $877 million in early 2019 – just five years after its founding. The deal ranks as the third most valuable British biotech exit in the last two decades.

Watch the talk here