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Treatment for stage 3 and 4 colon, rectal, lung and ovarian cancer costs the NHS nearly two and a half times the amount spent on stage 1 and 2 services. Earlier diagnosis of these cancers alone have been estimated to save the NHS £44 million per annum and would significantly improve survival rates. However, the translation of novel cancer early detection diagnostics is challenging and has a high attrition rate.

Cancer Research UK is seeking to improve the translation of Early Detection Research; we recognise that increased collaboration between academia and industry will help facilitate this. In partnership with Innovate UK’s network partner, The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), we are hosting an Academia-Industry Networking Event on Early Detection of Cancer In Vitro Diagnostics. The aim of this meeting is to bring together academic (including clinicians) and commercial researchers to provide an opportunity to meet others also seeking collaboration in the area of in vitro diagnostics.

The event will be held in the lead up to Cancer Research UK’s new Early Detection Primer Award, which offers up to £100,000 seed funding for novel ideas and can include new collaborations, with little to no preliminary data required. The meeting will include presentations of other funding opportunities (including <£2.5 million for early detection research), plenary talks and sessions involving pairing of academic and industry researchers based on complementarity, as well as plenty of opportunity for networking.

The free, one-day event will be held on 13 July from 10am-5pm, at the British Medical Association (BMA) house, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP. The agenda will be made available soon. Travel expenses for academic researchers will be reimbursed.

To apply, please register an expression of interest and we will email you an application form to complete. Please also sign up to our Early Detection Collaboration Matchmaker. Spots are limited. If successful we will notify you by 22 June. If you have any questions please contact

Later Event: July 16
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