Monday 24 July 2023

Summer Briefing from Centre for Business Innovation



CfBI Summer Briefing  2023                   

with meeting dates for your calendar                       




As a contact of the Centre for Business Innovation we are pleased to share hot news about CfBI Consortia and our upcoming meetings – as well as the Cambridge Innovation Summit on September 26th when we all get together in Cambridge.  If you would like to get involved, please contact the consortium leaders below or talk to me about how your organization can benefit from joining us.                                    

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CfBI’s latest headlines


With COVID well behind us now we are fully physical again – but still use the Hopin platform to enable members from around the world to participate virtually to network  and to pick up recordings of talks and discussion.


       The Corporate Venturing Leadership Forum (CVLF-5)  has been busy over the past few months, with meetings in Canary Wharf, hosted by Kadans, and a recent trip to Food Valley in Wageningen, hosted by Yili. We discussed the latest problems for innovators, such as finding and working with start-ups, and integrating them into a corporate environment. We also explored how to build successful ecosystems. The trip to Food Valley gave us a valuable insight into the future of food and how corporates can work with start-ups to bring new products to market. We also had a tour of Yili's brand new state of the art labs - apparently regularly tested making pizza! If you are interested in working with start-ups to transform your business, then I encourage you to join us.  Contact:


       (NEW) The Future of Education Consortium (FoE-1) is a dynamic community of forwardthinking policy makers, educators, technologists, and visionaries dedicated to shaping the future of education. We bring together public and private sector organisations from across Europe that are passionate about education and aspire to enhance student engagement, improve outcomes and foster lifelong learning by incorporating cutting-edge technologies. Together, we will redefine the boundaries of education and pioneer transformative learning experiences. We are currently inviting members to join this  new Consortium - our Consortium leaders will be attending the Cambridge Innovation Summit on 26th September ready to introduce the Consortium to anyone who's interested. We plan to launch on Sept 27th.




       The Microfluidics Consortium (MF-14) Having visited San Francisco (including site visit to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Zurich (including site visit to the de Mello Lab at ETH)  and Boston (including site visit to MIT nano lab)  this year, we will be in Cambridge UK (Trinity Science Park) on Sept 27th  with a world class programme of research, applications and venturing talks, table top demos, site visits and all the networking you can handle!! . Agenda and registration here. Following this we will meet in Paris, France on tbc Nov 20/21 (convenient for delegates at Medica the previous week)  and then in  San Francisco on Feb 1/2 (timed to fit with the Photonics West Conference).  For details, contact Peter Hewkin on


·         The Medical Adherence and Digital Health Consortium (MADH-7) takes a collaborative pan industry approach to the expensive problem of poor adherence to treatment regimes, and the opportunities presented by digital health to support increased adherence and patient engagement. Building on existing work in the sector, the group progresses through the use of focussed working groups, currently looking at; improving the use of behaviour change in digital health apps (creating an implementation framework in association with experts from Kings College London and Asthma + Lung UK): increasing the quality of adherence measurement: and agreeing and progressing along a feasible industrial roadmap to the better use of digital to improve adherence. The next meeting will be in Cambridge on Sept 27th following the Cambridge Innovation Summit. For details, contact Jeremy Holland at

       The Nano-Carbon Enhanced Materials (NCEM-9) consortium has the mission to provide a unique inside into carbon nanotechnologies and an opportunity to address commercialisation challenges. Members are currently particularly interested in enabling materials and technologies for upcoming generations of batteries. For more information, please contact the NCEM Consortium leader, Dr Bojan Boskovic  


The Cambridge Innovation Summit is the annual occasion when members of all our consortia come together to learn from and with each other. Supported by generous sponsorship from BSI (British Standards Institute) and CPI (Centre for Process Innovation) and now in its 9th year CfBI’s flagship event will  be  in physical format  on Sept 26th 2022 (with a programme of case studies, panel discussions,  a curated matching session with leading start-ups  and all the networking you can handle. The Summit takes place  a beautiful Cambridge riverside location with a dinner afterwards in the Great Hall of Westminster College – just  a short walk along the river from the summit location. We are delighted to have headline speakers from Microsoft Research, ARM, Linguamatics  and University of Cambridge  already confirmed.  For those who cannot make the physical event the Advanced Hopin  features will be used to allow virtual breakout room discussions and ad-hoc 1-2-1 video meetings.  Access is free to all members of CfBI consortia – but there is a modest fee for non-members. For details  & registration follow the links here


Add Cambridge Innovation Summit  2023 to your calendar. Do it now!


CfBI is currently testing ideas for new consortia in exciting spaces such as: ‘AI – practitioners’ ,   ‘Brain / Machine Communications’ and ‘Additive Manufacturing’. The Cambridge Innovation Summit will include a structured breakout sessions for members to work on what they would like to see from new consortia like these. Do let us know if your company would like to stimulate a new consortium in the trusted CfBI format.


Want to know more about us?  CfBI’s Executive Summary with details of all our consortia benefits of joining can be downloaded here – or contact me for a chat.


We  look forward to seeing  you “upclose and personal”  again!


Dr Peter F Hewkin - CEO

Centre for Business Innovation

"Creating Collaborative  Communities" 

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Monday 17 July 2023

Future of Education Consortium launches


CfBI and European Diplomats launch the Future of Education Consortium

Embrace the power of collaboration, embrace the future of education.

Are you passionate about the Future of Education? Does your organisation work to

advance education by incorporating cutting-edge technologies? Then do not miss this


The education landscape is evolving constantly, driven by rapid advancements in

technology. These advancements bring about great opportunities to foster inclusive,

interactive, and personalised teaching experiences. While the potential of EdTech

solutions is undeniable, there are numerous hurdles and risks that need to be

considered. Let us face the challenges associated with these developments together

and use the potential to prepare teachers and learners for the future!

CfBI and European Diplomats are excited to introduce the Future of Education Consortium:

As a member of the Consortium, you become part of an exclusive community that

embraces change and embraces the potential of technology. Collaborate with

renowned experts in educational technology, pedagogy, curriculum design, and more.

Engage in stimulating discussions, exchange insights, and discover cutting-edge

approaches that enhance student engagement, improve outcomes, and foster lifelong


With the Future of Education Consortium, you gain access to a wealth of resources

and knowledge. Stay at the forefront of educational trends, research, and best practice

through curated content, exclusive reports, and thought-provoking Consortium

meetings. Our Consortium is committed to equipping you with the tools and insights

needed to navigate the evolving educational landscape successfully.

Expand your horizons, unlock new opportunities, and find inspiration from fellow

change-makers who share your vision

Details from

Friday 14 July 2023

MF 14 Microfluidics Consortium Meeting Cambridge UK September 27


Having been hosted by  Micronit, ETH Zurich, Broad Institute Boston and Stanford Uni in the past year - come and join us when the #Microfluidics Consortium Open Day takes place in Cambridge UK (Carefully timed to fit with the Cambridge Innovation Summit the same week)!

On September 27th We are at the Trinty Centre on the Cambridge Science Park with research and applications talks from thought leaders, hotseat pitches from early stage companies looking for partners, physical table-top demos from key vendors, Gala Dinner on the eveing of September 26 (for consortium members) at Westminster College Cambridge  and all the ‘face-to-face’ networking you can handle as well as (on Sthe afternoon of Sept 26 site visits to labs and company sites around the Cambridge area. Adding to the physical buzz, delegates can use the Hopin app on their phones to check out and message other delegates in the room and around the world as well.

With talks from microfluidics thought leaders including Prof Thomas Knowles (Uni Cambridge),  Prof Ulrich Keyser (Uni Cambridge), Prof Michael Tatoulian (IPGG Paris), Segolene Antoine (Emulseo) and Divesh Baxani-Kamal (Microfluidics Innovation Hub) as well as tabletop demos including : Advanced Microfluidics, Dolomite , SuSoS, FEMTOprint, Emulseo, Micronit and z-microsystems. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

Follow this link for agenda and registration:

Early bird pricing applies until July 30

Not able to be in Cambridge UK  that day? "no problem" - there is a virtual delegate registration option on Hopin as well with Canmbridge content (recorded and available to virtual delegates for 48 hours), virtual vendor booths, jobs board and virtual networking.

If your organisation is a member of the Microfluidics Consortium you get free access as well as talk time/demo spaces and marcomms uplift.

Next stop?! Paris, France hosted tbc by IPGG and timed to be in the week after Medica.

Questions? Requests for bulk bookings, sponsorship etc? email me!


Thursday 13 July 2023

Cambridge Innovation Summit Sept 26 2023


Come and join us in Cambridge UK for the Cambridge Innovation Summit on Sept 26th!  This is a highly interactive day of  learning from and with some of the world's top companies with all the networking you can handle in beautiful Cambridge surroundings - and topped off with a gala dinner at Westminster College

Our headline theme is AI and we are delighted to be sponsored by The British Standards Institute and the Centre for Process Innovation.

We have confirmed speakers from:


- Microsoft Research

- University of Cambridge Centre for Existential Risk

as well as an AI pitching segment introducing some of the regions most exciting start-ups.

Follow the links from for details and registration

See you there!

Delegates from all of CfBI's consortia come together with selected invited day guests.

Monday 10 April 2023

 Upcoming Microfluidics Consortium Meetings:

Zurich: April 18& 19

Boston: June 8&9

Cambridge UK: September 26 & 27

Tell your friends


Friday 16 December 2022


Having been hosted by Broad Institute, Uni Cambridge and Uni Twente in the past year - come and join the Microfluidics Consortium physical Open Day in San Francisco on Feb 2 & 3! As we reclaim the physical domain with our largest format so far including  research and applications talks from industry leaders, hotseat presentations from early stage companies looking for partners, physical table-top demos, a physical ‘mixer’  with our good friends from Bay Area Microfluidics Network, jobsboard  and  all the ‘face-to-face’ networking you can handle as well as (on Feb 3) site visits to labs and companies around the Bay. Adding to the physical buzz delegates can use the Hopin app on their phones to reach delegates around the world as well.

With talks from microfluidics thought leaders including Juan Santiago (UC Stanford), Ali Lashkaripour  (UC  Stanford), Augusto Tentori (10X),  Kazi Tasneem (Genentech) and  Thomas Hahn (Festo) as well as hotseat presentations from  Wainaimics and Okoimera and site visits including to the  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory  and to Beckman Coulter, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Not able to be in San Francisco  that day? "no problem" we are virtually on Hopin as well with California content (replayed for 48 hours), vendor booths, jobs board and virtual networking.

Follow this link for agenda and registration:

Questions? Requests for bulk bookings, demo tables, sponsorship slots?  email me!

See you soon



PS: Next stops in 2023 include Zurich, Boston and Cambridge.


Dr Peter F Hewkin - CEO

Centre for Business Innovation


"Creating Collaborative  Communities"

See our Executive Summary   ,  member logos and  teaser


t: ++44 1223 850173

m: ++44 7951721110




Company Registered in the UK under number 06839754 at Hewitsons LLP, Shakespeare House, 42 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5 8EP,  United Kingdom


Saturday 3 September 2022

Microfluidics Global Expo - Oct 5th worldwise

 CfBI's Microfluidics Consortium is proud to bring you the Microfluidics Global EXPO - a rolling programme of talks, demos, jobs and networking for delegates around the world. It takes place on Oct 5th .. starting late afternoon in Australia and having passed thro Singapore and Europe we end up on the US West Coast early morning.

There will be phycial feeder meetings in Sydney, Paris, Cambridge and Boston organized by Consortium members streaming content into the EXPO.

The virtual EXPO has exciting features designed to add value to delegates. These include:

- virtual booths from leading vendors where movies are streamed an live chat is available

- replay feature so delegates can catch up on the talks they missed

- 1-2-1 virtual meetings already live 2 weeks before the event begins

- microfluidics jobs board

Follow this link to see content and registration.  Earlybird discounts apply until Sept 15.

Tell your (microfluidics enabled) friends!