Academic Health Science Networks: leading innovation

The King's Fund

About this seminar

Our breakfast seminar, organised with Pfizer through The King’s Fund’s corporate partnership programme, explored the future role of Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and how they can make the greatest positive impact in the system.

We brought together 45 delegates including AHSNs, clinical commissioning groups, hospital trusts, other NHS providers, industry bodies, academia, the third sector, and others.

The seminar was chaired by Nigel Edwards, Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund.

Seminar highlights

Rachel Cashman: where do Academic Health Science Networks fit into the broader ‘Innovation, Health and Wealth’ strategy?


Rachel Cashman, Head of Programme Office – Innovation Health and Wealth, Department of Health, explains what Academic Health Science Networks are and how the government is working to promote innovation in health.

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Julian Dixon: what will good look like in three years?

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Julian Dixon
Julian Dixon, Chief Operating Officer, UCL Partners, discusses how Academic Health Science Networks can successfully drive both health and wealth, and what this success could look like.

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Sam Taylor: the role of industry in Academic Health Science Networks

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Sam Taylor
Sam Taylor, National Policy Lead at Pfizer, looks at people's expectations of the role of industry in Academic Health Science Networks, and what this might look like in practice.

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