Cancer Research Matters


Translation tales - 20 years of forming spinouts

Season 1, Ep. 2

Steve Jackson is the University of Cambridge Frederick James Quick Professor of Biology. He is also Head of Cancer Research UK Laboratories at the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute. Steve’s main academic work is in the field of DNA damage repair, but he also founded KuDOS Pharmaceuticals in order to translate and market the PARP inhibitor Olaparib/ Lynparza. He talks about the difference between academic and commercial science, tips for forming a spinout company and what we should aim for in the next 20 years of cancer research.

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