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The Healthy Ageing Grand Challenge Four Years On: A Cross-Sector Perspective

Author WIG Date 13 May 2022

A recording and slide deck from the WIG webinar: The Healthy Ageing Grand Challenge Four Years On: A Cross-Sector Perspective with Patrick Bonnett, Chief Development Officer, UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing and Rahul Agarwal, Deputy Head for Healthcare and Life Sciences, DIT and Marianna Recchia, CEO, Tonus Tech.



Health and social care

The UK is an ageing society. A third of children born today will live to 100. By 2050, the number of people aged 85 and over is projected to double in size. Whilst this is good news in terms of longevity, it doesn’t necessarily mean that these extended years are spent in good health. On average, those aged 65 today will only live just over half of their remaining life without disability. The 2017 industrial strategy set out plans to address healthy ageing, but since it has been side-lined, questions have been raised about the commitment from across the sectors to address this area.

Join online us in this special virtual event to:

  • Understand how the public, private and HE sector are continue to support the healthy ageing agenda and how it has developed since the Industrial strategy was shelved in 2020
  • Hear more about the commercial opportunities in supporting longevity and the healthy ageing agenda, learn how the private sector is looking innovate with ageing workforce and consumer base
  • Understand how the industrial strategy and subsequent work of NICA continue to lead on the healthy ageing agenda

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Speakers at the Event

Patrick is NICA’s Development Director. He works with NICA colleagues and external stakeholders and partners to shape large-scale strategic opportunities, as well as managing NICA’s relations with UK Government.

Patrick has worked across the applied research and innovation arenas for over 35 years in both private and public sector organisations, ranging from small technology start-ups to internationally-recognised translational research laboratories. He has also spent time seconded to Government working on workforce development and science policy issues.

Patrick is Vice Chairman of the UK Science Park Association (UKSPA), a Board Member of the Association for Innovation, Research & Technology Organisations (Airto), and sits on the Advisory Board for Arise at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also a Professor of Practice in Innovation Environments at Newcastle University and acts as an Advisor to Government on the Industrial Strategy (Ageing).

Patrick was responsible for leading NICA’s inputs into the design, specification, and build of The Catalyst, their award-winning £50M open innovation building. He is currently responsible for developing a large programme for NICA in China, funded by Innovate UK. Much of his recent work has focussed on the construction and operation of innovation environments both physical and virtual, their organisational structures and functions, and how they operate at regional, national and international scales. Over recent years Patrick has developed a particular interest in deep collaboration co-location models where innovation and research assets sit alongside ‘users’ of such research expertise to drive open innovation, commercialisation, and economic growth both in the UK and elsewhere, including Europe and Australasia.

Rahul is deputy head for healthcare and life sciences for DIT. He leads on trade & investment in emerging global health opportunities including Healthy Ageing, Genomics and One Health and also leads on the Global Health development strategy for at DIT. On Healthy Ageing, he recently led the launch of a new UK Government international campaign to promote the UK’s strengths in healthy ageing to overseas partners and supports UK companies to export overseas, as well as attracting investors back home.

He has over 8 years of management consulting experience. He started his career in Advisory at EY where he worked on a diverse mixture of performance improvement projects for central and local Government. Following this, Rahul pursued a career in the social sector by opening his own social impact consulting practice. Through that he led on multiple transformational and innovation projects for the NHS, BEIS, Local authorities and the British Council.

Rahul has been working for the Department for International Trade for the last four years and has in market experience on Asia Pacific, Africa, LATAM and Europe. He holds an MSc in Global Politics from London School of Economics and is a fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and On Purpose.

Marianna Recchia is the Chief Executive Officer at Tonus Tech. She is a business designer and product lead with experience in R&D and corporate ventures for mobility services, AI and IoT-based applications.