The Oxford BRC has recently hosted leading healthcare groups from South Korea, Brazil and Turkey to expand its international links and identify opportunities for collaboration.
During their visits, the foreign guests met the BRC management team, key researchers and industry partnership managers.
They were given a tour of Old Road Campus, where a number of BRC themes are located, as well as the Bioescalator, a hub that offers facilities for early-stage life science businesses.
Among the visitors were a team from the Acbadem Incubation centre, part of the Acbadem University in Istanbul. They centre was founded by Acbadem Hospital, one of the leading private hospitals in Turkey.
Other visitors included four Brazilian scientist-entrepreneurs, who were in the UK as part of the British Council’s Women in Science Programme. This initiative aims to promote science that is more diverse and gender-representative.
The main goal of the mission was to introduce the Brazilian delegation to the UK science and innovation ecosystem, and visit UK Universities, laboratories, facilities and institutions responsible for science and innovation.
Another group that visited the Oxford BRC were representatives from the NHIS Ilsan Hospital, South Korea’s only hospital operated by the public insurer, the National Health Insurance Service.
The Korean delegation, pictured below with Oxford BRC Chief Operating Officer, Dr Vasiliki Kiparoglou, was particularly interested in learning more about the financing model of UK hospitals and how these payments for medical treatments are measured and regulated, and how they might be applicable in the Korean context.