Longitude Prize Panel

Mar 30 2016https://www.eventbrite.com/e/longitude-prize-panel-registration-22791657461

The Longitude Prize is a £10m prize fund to respond to the challenge of antimicrobial resistance. The challenge is to create a transformative, affordable, accurate, rapid, point of care test that is easy to use in any location and health setting. The test should make a significant difference in reducing the misuse and overuse of antibiotics. It commemorates the 300th anniversary of the Longitude Act of 1714, the first British challenge prize, to determine longitude at sea.

Announced by the British Prime Minister in 2013, the Prize is supported by Innovate UK (the UK's innovation agency) as a funding partner, and is run by Nesta (the UK's innovation charity). £8m will be awarded to the first competitor that solves the challenge and up to £2m will be available through the Discovery Award program, helping support teams that need this to enter the Prize.

Join us for a panel discussion and reception to stimulate US bids for the prize. Representatives from NESTA, British Consulate-General, and the San Diego biotech community will discuss the prize as well as the dangers of increasing antimicrobial resistance. Following the panel, will be a Q&A where you can ask specific questions about the prize criteria, how to form teams and more.

Bernadette Greene | Deputy Consul-General, British Consulate-General, Los Angeles read more»
George Sakoulas | Department of Infectious Diseases, Sharp Memorial Hospital read more»
Tamar Ghosh | Lead, Longitude Prize, NESTA read more»
Kara Bortone | Head of Company Sourcing, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS read more»

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4:00 PM | Registration opens, Networking
4:30 PM | Presentation & Panel Discussion
5:15 PM | Q&A
6:00 PM | Reception and Networking
7:00 PM | Program closes

Please RSVP online so that we can get an accurate headcount. We will not be accepting walk-ups once the event is sold out.

3210 Merryfield Row
San Diego, CA

Speakers' Biographies:

Bernadette Greene | Deputy Consul-General, British Consulate-General, Los Angeles
Key to her role as Deputy Consul-General here in Los Angeles will be to enhance UK/US ties by developing, promoting and facilitating local relations across a wide spectrum of areas - political, commercial, consular, cultural, NGO and civil society. Prior to arriving in Los Angeles, in mid-July 2013, Ms Greene was Deputy Consul-General at the British Consulate-General in Erbil, in the Kurdistan Region of Northern Iraq where her priority was in helping foster strong relations in this developing part of the world. During her tenure she supported many trade missions from the Education Sector, among others; ran two very successful British Film Festivals - the first ever in that area of the country – and worked closely with NGOs and Civil Societies in addressing the growing issue of Syrian refugees who continue to flood into that part of the country. Ms Greene's work for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) overseas has taken her to countries as close to home as Switzerland; and as far apart as Africa, the Caribbean, and Mexico spanning many disciplines from political to consular. At home, in the UK, she has worked primarily in the areas of Disarmament, Counter Terrorism, Trade & Investment and Human Resources.
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George Sakoulas, MD | Department of Infectious Diseases, Sharp Healthcare; Associate Adjunct Professor, Division of Host-Microbe Systems & Therapeutics; Center for Immunity, Infection & Inflammation, UCSD School of Medicine
George Sakoulas, MD, is an active infectious diseases clinician at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego and Associate Adjunct Professor at UCSD. George's major research interests are the pharmacodynamic interactions of the various classes of antistaphylococcal and anti-enterococcal antibiotics with each other and with innate host defense molecules such as cathelicidin and platelet-derived antimicrobial peptides. George Sakoulas, MD, earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Columbia University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He subsequently completed his residency training in internal medicine, chief residency, and fellowship in infectious diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. During his research fellowship years, he developed interests in Gram-positive bacterial infections in the laboratory of Robert C. Moellering, Jr. examining alterations in virulence in Staphylococcus aureus upon acquiring glycopeptides resistance. Dr Sakoulas is the author or coauthor of more than 120 scientific publications and has written numerous book chapters and scientific abstracts. He lectures extensively on topics such as the global implications of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and treatment options.

Tamar Ghosh | Lead, Longitude Prize, NESTA
Tamar is leading the development and delivery of the Longitude Prize at Nesta, a challenge with a £10m prize fund. The Prize aims to conserve antibiotics for future generations and revolutionise the delivery of global healthcare, through the development of a transformative medical test to help tackle antibiotic resistance. Before Nesta, Tamar founded and ran two social enterprises in national and international healthcare, which she continues to do in her spare time. Prior to that, she spent more than a decade developing and delivering fundraising strategy for international NGOs, specialising in private sector partnerships, most recently as Head of Global Funding at VSO. She has an MBA and Masters in Development Studies. Tamar also delivered the social action campaign 'Give More' on behalf of one of the leading UK family foundations, promoting the giving of money and time amongst the UK public. Tamar is a trustee of two charities, a consultant on funding ethics and fundraising, and a guest lecturer at Imperial College Business School on innovation and entrepreneurship, as part of their MBA and Masters in health programme.
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Kara Bortone | Head of Company Sourcing, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS 
As Head of Company Sourcing for JLabs, Kara leads the company recruitment and selection process for JLabs including JLabs San Diego, JLabs @QB3 in San Francisco and JLabs @LabCentral in Cambridge/Boston. In this role, Kara is actively building a pipeline of prospects and driving licensee companies through diligence, selection, and joining JLabs. Kara coordinates opportunities to grow relationships between JLabs companies and Johnson & Johnson Innovation and other potential strategic partners.