2024 Connects Series

Join us for this year’s 2024 MDC Connects webinar series, ‘Unlocking the Secrets of Medicine Commercialisation’. Five, free-to-access webinars covering the latest in medicines discovery topics.

Each year, Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) aim to connect the community by running a short series of weekly webinars: “MDC Connects”. We invite experts from the community and within MDC to deliver the sessions. To educate, inform and advise the community on the discovery of medicines.

This year, we will provide an informative series outlining the journey from innovation to commercialisation.

Register for MDC Connects 2024:

1 UK Life Sciences – the Future is Bright | Tuesday 13 February

Webinar one UK Life Sciences – the Future is Bright; creating a richer national R&D pipeline, the current climate and tackling the challenges together.



  • Professor Chris Molloy, CEO, Medicines Discovery Catapult
  • Dr Tim Newton, Senior Market Analyst at Medicines Discovery Catapult
  • Dr Nicola Heron, Chief Strategy Officer at Medicines Discovery Catapult

2 Securing Funds | Tuesday 20 February: Click here to watch the webinar recording.

Week two was a talk on securing funding. Here we covered public funding, private funding and the importance of being ‘pitch-ready’.


3 Building the Science | Tuesday 27 February: 1PM – 2PM Register Here

Our third webinar is about building the science. Access to skills, in particular access to CROs, labs and infrastructure.



  • Mike Piper, Chief Commercial Officer, BioAscent
  • Gareth Hampton, Head of Laboratory Services, Bruntwood SciTech
  • Graeme Wilkinson, Head of Virtual R&D, Medicines Discovery Catapult

4 Protecting Intellectual Property | Tuesday 5 March: 1PM – 2PM Register Here

Protecting intellectual property is the title of week four. Identify the novelty, defining IP strategy in a TTO and securing IP.


  • Catrina Carroll, Intellectual Property & Research Funding Lead, Medicines Discovery Catapult
  • Geraint Lewis, Head of Enterprise Services, Newcastle University
  • Anis Naidu, UK and European Patent Attorney for Marks & Clerk LLP

5 Commercialising your Innovation | Tuesday 12 March: 1PM – 2PM Register Here

The final webinar is about commercialising your innovation. Looking at options for commercialisation, in-licencing what does pharma look for? And a case study for successful commercialisation.



If you have not attended a Connects Series, there are links below to explore previous webinar content:

Watch previous webinars here.

MDC Connects: A Guide to Drug Discovery

Explore MDC Connects: A Guide to Drug Discovery

MDC Connects: A Guide to Complex Medicines

Explore MDC Connects: A Guide to Complex Medicines