The London Festival of Genomics is now in its 5th year. What started as a 600-person, 50 speaker-event in 2016 at Excel in East London now attracts registrations from well over 2000 people, over 100 speakers and a new central London location. The Festival has become the main place for the UK genomics industry to meet, have fun, learn, do business, connect with other people and get inspired.
The Festival is not like other genomics events, and neither is it meant to be. The early idea was “Woodstock for Genomics” … to bring people together, inspire them and leave them buzzing with energy and ideas – but also entertained. So that they leave with an increased motivation and the capability to better use genomics and related technologies. Ultimately, we want to make sure that patients benefit.
The Festival is organized by Front Line Genomics, a social business with a mission to deliver the benefits of genomics to patients faster. Front Line Genomics operate a website, webinars, reports, content and a weekly newsletter – all of which are free for the community.
THE PURPOSE OF THE FESTIVAL
Advance Genomics in the UK and Europe and create a clear vision for genomics in medicine, science and society.
Connect the Community by bringing together researchers, pharma, healthcare, technologists, investors and patients, yet cater for their individual needs.
Drive Data Interconnectivity and Intelligence by supporting the integration of genomics data with other biodata to gather actionable intelligence.
Educate and Inspire the wider scientific and healthcare community around genomics, applications and related fields.
Showcase and Strengthen UK Genomics to improve the awareness and reach of UK capabilities around the world.
Here’s a note from Rich Lumb, the founder:
"We set up the Festival after the death of my father to mesothelioma, a rare, aggressive form of cancer. When we started the Festival, there was lots of talk about the $1000 genome, but the reality for most patients (cancer and otherwise) was different. I wanted to close the gap between the capabilities of the technology, and the benefits of that technology as experienced by patients. Hence the social mission – to deliver the benefits of genomics to patients faster.
One way of doing improving the situation as quickly as possible was by organizing a large event. The vision for that event evolved into the Festival as you experience it today. Our social mission is the reason the Festival remains free for most attendees – we want as many people as possible to benefits, so as many patients as possible benefit. A simple idea, well executed.
I hope you can make it to the 2020 Festival. And thank you for your ongoing support."
The Festival is open to anyone, but it’s mostly built for scientists, researchers, clinicians, technology companies, investors and patient organizations – to realize the true potential of genomics medicine and related applications.
As the use of genomics technologies continues to mature, the scope of the Festival has expanded too – particularly into how genomic data is integrated with other biodata sets, and in highly topical and important areas such as climate change. But the core idea remains the same, and the 2020 Festival features more ‘core genomics’ sessions than ever before.
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