Building Bridges Between Industry & Academia

Building Bridges Between: Industry and academia

The BNA’s ‘Building Bridges Between: Industry and academia’ (or BBB for short) initiative aims to foster collaboration between neuroscientists in industry and academia for information exchange through events and networking opportunities, and is linked to the BNA’s core theme of ‘Credibility in neuroscience'.

We're excited to invite all BNA2021 Festival-goers to get involved in BBB via various events and activities through the event (and beyond).

09:00 - 11:20 BST, Tuesday 13th April 2021

Workshop: How to improve translation between industry and academia in neuroscience? 

Attending this workshop will give superb opportunity into gaining insights into the key factors inhibiting effective translation of research between academia and industry, identifying how to achieve successful translation, and creating meaningful exchange of ideas with key individuals, companies and organisations who are experts in this important aspect of neuroscience research.

Sir Mene N Pangalos, EVP & President BioPharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca
Opening Plenary: Looking to the future

Dr Eva Loth, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Deputy Director of the AIMS-2-TRIALS, KCL
What does good translation look like? - an academic perspective

Dr Justin Bryan, Executive Director of Drug Discovery at LifeArc
Translation - bridging the gap between academia and industry

Dr John Huxter, Principal Scientist at Transpharmation Ltd
Pitfalls and prospects for cognitive assays in preclinical research

Professor Tom Otis, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, London UK

Followed by a choice of small group discussions focused on the following:

Group one: Credibility and reproducibility in neuroscience
Featuring Sir Mene Pangalos (AstraZeneca), and facilitated by Mariana Fontes (Abcam)

Group two: Careers between industry & academia
Featuring John Isaac (Johnson and Johnson Innovation

Group three: Design and reporting of animal research to improve producibility 
Featuring Anthony Holmes and Nathalie Percie du Sert, the National Centre for the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)


14:40 - 16:00 BST, Wednesday 14th April 2021

Translational neuroscience for mental health research: panel discussion

Understanding and addressing mental health problems is an increasingly urgent need across all societies, and neuroscience has a major role to play. This session will hear from key leaders in academia and in industry for how neuroscience can play its part well.


Professor Miranda Wolpert - Director of the Wellcome mental health programme strategy

Dr George Goldsmith - Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Co‑founder of Compass Pathways

Professor Catherine Harmer - director of the Psychopharmacology and Emotional Research Lab (PERL) based at the University Department of Psychiatry in Oxford

Chaired by Professor Tom Otis, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, London UK


Throughout the Festival

Careers and talent aquisition

Moving between positions in academia and in industry is highly valuable for neuroscience, for both sectors, and for individuals. There will be plenty of opporutnities at BNA2021 to explore career options in both industry and in academia thanks to Career Speed-dating sessions (make sure you sign up during registration), open discussion forums, a jobs' board and career info point.


BNA2021 If you have any questions or you would like to get involved with the BNA's Building Bridges Between: Industry and academia initiative, please contact Sophie Sykes-Jerrold at [email protected] 


Supporters of 'Building Bridges Between: Industry and Academia'

We are very grateful to our BBB supporters at the Festival and beyond: Abcam, LifeArc, Novartis, the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre and the Gatsby Foundation.

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