Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Microfluidics Consortium hosted by University of Cambridge with Open Day Oct 12th

Having visited ETH Zurich, MIT and Stanford in the last year, the MF8 Microfluidics consortium will be hosted by the Knowles Laboratory at the University of Cambridge on Oct 11 and 12.

The Mission of the Microfluidics Consortium is to grow the market for Microfluidics enabled products and services. We do this by promoting good practises and design guidelines, by exploring new applications and by catalysing new opportunities and deals. Find out more about us at

Twice per year (once in the USA and once in Europe) we invite non-member organisations to get to know us at one of our Open Days. The next such opportunities is in Cambridge UK on Oct 12th. Find out more and register to attend here

New CfBI website

We are Beta-testing a new SEO and Mobile friendly front end for the CfBI site. Visit to give it a try. If you spot and problems, please let me know. The 'old' dense text site is still at .

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Nano-Carbon; Medical Adherence & Corporate Venturing Consortia July 12 in Cambridge

Its triple witching in Cambridge on July 12th as members of 3 of CfBIs consortia take advantage of on July 11 to run meetings the following day.

The Nano-Carbon Enhanced Materials Consortium (with Rolls Royce, Airbus, Arcelor-Mittal, Whirlpool and Bose Corp) meets at Wolfson College

The Corporate Venturing Leadership Forum (with Valeo, Qualcomm, Telefonica, Belron, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Geovation) meets at Clare College

The Medical Adherence Consortium (with BUPA, Astra Zeneca, Boots/Walgreens, Vodafone and Earthworks) meets at Girton College

Details from

Monday, 22 May 2017

CfBI Summer Innovation Summit July 11 Emmanuel College 
On July 11th we are inviting members of all our consortia and selected guests to join us in the spectacular surroundings of Emmanuel College Cambridge to help shape and participate in the Global Innovation Agenda.

With speakers and  delegates from six countries this is an opportunity to leverage the insight of some of the worlds leading thinkers on innovation - both from Cambridge and elsewhere.

Come and join: Amadeus Capital Partners, Amazon, BASF, Blacktrace, Danaher, GE, IBM, HP, Nissan, Owlstone,  Valeo, Walgreens and the Judge Business School in this professionally facilitated day of talks, workshops, demonstrations and networking - kindly sponsored by Astra Zeneca, Department of International Trade and Hewitsons.

The day concludes with a gala dinner in the Old Hall at Queens College
See agenda and earlybird delegate list here

To apply for a voucher code to participate please write to

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Open Innovation meets Big Data  Consortium hosted by Swiss Re in 'The Gherkin'

The Open Innovation meets Big Data  Consortium is a group of blue chips with the shared belief that data/analytics can be traded B2B in the spirit of Open Innovation to create net new value.

Now in its fifth year the consortium will be meeting in London on June 6th (dinner June 5th) to work on applying this paradigm to future mobility and connected car scenarios.

Members of the consortium include: Lloyds Bank, LV Insurance, Nissan, Ordnance Survey, Scottish Enterprise, and Swiss RE.

for details contact Peter Hewkin on

Friday, 5 May 2017

Social Media for Business Consortium hosted by Swiss Re in 'The Gherkin'

The Social Media for Business Consortium is a group of blue chips working together to find new ways to leverage social (and adjacent) technologies. It works on applications across HR, Recruitment, Performance Enhancement, Risk Management - as well traditional Marketing and Selling.

Now in its third year the consortium funds cutting edge research and seeks out best practises where every they might be found.

On May 9/10 we will be hosted by Swiss Re taking a 'deep dive' into the future of Social 5-10 years out and the strategies which might be appropriate to thrive in these enviroments. Members include: Boots, GSK, Siemens, Swiss Re, Guardian, NESTA, NHS and University of Cambridge / Aberdeen.

for details contact Peter Hewkin on

Microfluidics Consortium hosted by MIT in Cambridge MA June 22/23

The MF8 consortium is returning to Boston for the fourth time. We are delighted on this occasion to be hosted by MIT's Tissue Chip Technology Center (working on Organ on a Chip) and have a packed programme of working sessions, presentations, table top demos and netoworking.

June 22 is in our usual format (Closed Day, Members Only) but June 23 is an Open Day where non-members can sign up for the day and get to know consortium members, their products and services and hear about our plans and how we are going to realize them

Details here

We look forward to meeting you in Boston