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Technical challenges and opportunities in life sciences - Rafael Jiminez - CTO Elixir

In 2001 the first draft of a full human genome sequencing was unveiled. The data, a 2.91-billion base pair sequence, was built from a larger 14.8-billion base pair DNA sequence generated by shotgun sequencing. This gives you some idea of the sizes of the data sets generated in modern biological setting.

The goal of Elixir is to orchestrate the collection, quality control and archiving of large amounts of biological data produced by life science experiments. Some of these datasets are highly specialised and would previously only have been available to researchers within the country in which they were generated.

Elixir is creating an infrastructure – a kind of highway system – that integrates research data from all corners of Europe and ensures a seamless service provision that is easily accessible to all. In this way, open access to these rapidly expanding and critical datasets will facilitate discoveries that benefit humankind.

Raphael Jiminez is the ELIXIR UK Chief Technical Officer. He'll be talking about the problems that ELIXIR is trying to solve.

Date: Monday, 7 Sep 2015 - 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Please register here for the talk.

Venue: Venue: Mills & Reeve, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge
CB2 1PH

See http://www.mills-reeve.com/cambridge/ for directions.

Everybody welcome, including those who are not yet members of CHASE. Entrance free.

Date: 
7 September 2015 - 8:30pm

Talk: 1st June - Alex van Someren - What a VC is looking for

Alex van Someren is Managing Partner of the Early Stage Funds at Amadeus Capital in Cambridge.

Alex has worked in the technology industry since the 1980s. He co-founded ANT Ltd in 1990 to produce networking products, including Web Browser software licensed to the Oracle Corporation. ANT plc was listed on the London AIM market (AIM:ANTP) in 2005.

In 1996 he co-founded nCipher to develop internet security products using advanced cryptography. The company became a world leader in IT security, counting major banks, finance companies and governments among its customers. As CEO at nCipher he raised a total of £14m ($25m) in venture capital funding before he led the company to an IPO on the London Stock Exchange in 2000 (LSE:NCH) at a £350m valuation. nCipher plc was sold to Thales SA in 2008.

Alex lives in Cambridge, UK and is married with three children. He was appointed an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2005.

Date: Monday, 1st June - 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Please register here for the talk.

Venue: Venue: Mills & Reeve, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge
CB2 1PH

See http://www.mills-reeve.com/cambridge/ for directions.

Date: 
1 June 2015 - 8:30pm

Talk: 11 May - Beyond silicon… Electronics for a flexible world

PragmatIC is works on flexible electronics. Its unique technology platform enables plastic integrated circuits thinner than a human hair that can be embedded in any surface, introducing intelligence and interactivity into a wide range of everyday objects. Potential applications are wide: from smart packaging of fast-moving consumer goods, to wireless traceability of documents for security and identification.

Scott White is an experienced serial entrepreneur, now leading his sixth technology venture as CEO of PragmatIC, and he is also a board director at mobile visual search company Cortexica Vision Systems. Past successes include Azea Networks, which he grew from concept to eight figure sales levels before the business was acquired. He has lived and worked across the globe including Australia, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, the US and the UK.

Date: 11 May 2014
Time: 7.30 for 8pm start
Venue: ARM, 110 Fulbourn Rd, Cambridge CB1 9NJ

Everybody welcome, including those who are not yet members of CHASE. Entrance free.

Date: 
11 May 2015 - 8:30pm

Talk: 13th April - Can a machine learn to speak? Blaise Thomson - VocalIQ

Blaise Thomson is the co-founder and CEO at VocalIQ which has developed the world first self-learning conversational dialog API.

Over the last 10 years Blaise has been dedicated to getting machines to have an intelligent conversation with humans; first for a Ph.D. and then as a Research Fellow at St John's College Cambridge, publishing over 40 international papers in the process and winning multiple research awards.

The result of this research forms the core technology of VocalIQ which enables multi-domain speech-dialog-systems (SDS), which VocalIQ thinks is a key enabler needed for the success of the Internet of Things.

Blaise will be talking about the technology and story of VocalIQ.

Date: Monday, 13th April - 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Venue: Venue: Mills & Reeve, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PH
See http://www.mills-reeve.com/cambridge/ for directions.
Please register here for the talk.

All interested are welcome, including those who are not yet members of CHASE. Entrance is free.

Please note: we don’t issue name/affiliation badges but you are encouraged to bring your own to aid networking.

Date: 
13 April 2015 - 8:30pm

Talk 2nd Feb: Who needs dumb smart meters? - Jay Chinnadorai - Informetis Europe

Please register here for the talk.

Over the next 5 years, government plans to spend billions installing a smart meter in each of the UK's 45+ million homes and businesses. You too may wonder why. So far it's not a programme that covered in glory: it began in 2011, with only between 550,000 and a million installations so far (figures vary); the programme has already been delayed; the National Audit Office has predicted it will go over budget by £1.5bn, probably pushing it to an enormous £10.9bn as the total spend; some installed meters already need replacing because they don't meet technical specs (probably accounting for the different number of installed units); there have been serious security issues found in some smart meters; and as the cherry on top, a YouGov poll earlier this month indicated that consumers were sceptical about the benefits to themselves and likelihood of the rollout in the timeframe.

Against this backdrop, there are sparks of light, one of them provided by our speaker on Feb 2nd - Jay Chinnadorai is Managing Director of Informetis Europe, which is a smart energy start-up, created as a spin-out from what was previously Sony Corporation’s R&D Energy Division. Informetis have developed simple-to-use, single-point measurement technology that lets you see an itemised view of your energy bill, helping you know how much you've spent on electricity for each appliance. The benefit of this could dwarf the predicted average saving of £26/year to consumers that the smart meters programme is based on.

Jay is Managing Director of Informetis Europe. Concurrently, he is also Founder and Managing Director of Sumtotal, a strategy & technology consultancy specialising in the converging sectors of Digital Services, Smart Networks and Connected Devices. Prior to founding Sumtotal, Jay was Vice President of Sony Europe responsible for different business units including Mobile, Set-Top Boxes and Service Provider Business. Previously, Jay worked with Thomson Consumer Electronics as Marketing Director of the UK Operations.

Jay will be talking about the problems of smart meters, the benefits that consumers may enjoy, Informetis technology and the company's journey so far.

Date: Monday, 2nd February - 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Venue: Venue: Mills & Reeve, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PH
See http://www.mills-reeve.com/cambridge/ for directions.
Please register here for the talk.

All interested are welcome, including those who are not yet members of CHASE. Entrance is free.

Please note: we don’t issue name/affiliation badges but you are encouraged to bring your own to aid networking.

Date: 
2 February 2015 - 7:30pm

Talks on 3 Nov - LEP Update + Powerfall - electricity generation from water without moving parts

We have two speakers on Nov 3rd and we'll be starting at an unusually early time.

A year ago Graham Nix from our LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) talked to CHASE. Neil Darwin is their new Chief Executive and he will be updating us.

Matt Sims started Powerfall Ltd in August this year after 4 years of experimentation and development. He will be talking through the company's journey of transforming Lord Kelvin's Water Dropper experiment into a high efficiency electrical generator. A demonstration of the original experiment will show the origins of the idea.

Matt is a Director of Ziconix Ltd. a technology development company based in Melbourn near Royston. Founded in 2007, Ziconix has worked in the mobile space for several years and has developed products for widely differing client companies. As an example, a recent project was the co-development of the 'Well Cow Bolus System' that measures the pH and temperature of a cow's stomach via Bluetooth.

Date: Monday, 3rd November - 6.30pm. Please note the earlier start time.
Venue: Venue: Mills & Reeve, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PH
See http://www.mills-reeve.com/cambridge/ for directions.
Please register here for the talk.

All interested are welcome, including those who are not yet members of CHASE. Entrance is free.

Please note: we don’t issue name/affiliation badges but you are encouraged to bring your own to aid networking.

Date: 
3 November 2014 - 6:30pm

Talk 6th Oct: All about Bitcoin - Freya Stevens, Daniel Murrel & Justin Drake

Freya Stevens, Daniel Murrel, and Justin Drake will be talking about Bitcoin digital currency. They'll talk about how Bitcoins are created, stored, and how they can spent, and why they can't be counterfeited. Along the way they'll talk about the dangers - how coins can be stolen, and the problems inherent in new currencies.

Freya works for Coinapult, and runs the Cambridge Bitcoin meetup. Coinapult have built a Bitcoin wallet - a way to keep your coins safe while keeping them easy to spend. Daniel Murrel and Justin Drake are co-organizers of the Cambridge meetup.

Date: 6 Oct 2014
Time: 7.30 for 8pm start
Venue: ARM, 110 Fulbourn Rd, Cambridge CB1 9NJ

Everybody welcome, including those who are not yet members of CHASE. Entrance free. Please register here.

Date: 
6 October 2014 - 8:30pm

Talk: 7th April - Bryn Parry - Amantys - How the world of power electronics is changing

Established in Cambridge in 2010 as an independent power electronics company, Amantys specialises in the delivery of scalable, cost effective solutions to meet the challenges of designing reliable and efficient power conversion in medium and high voltage applications. The company brings together the world of microprocessors and embedded software with power electronics, opening up new possibilities for innovation.

Power Electronics is a £135 billion direct global market, growing at a rate of 10% per annum. It is an enabling technology that often determines the performance of, and provides the competitive advantage for, much more expensive devices or systems. For example, choosing a mobile phone or lap-top computer for its battery life is actually a Power Electronics decision, with the battery performance itself just one part of that. On a bigger scale, Power Electronics typically represents only 6% of the total cost of passenger elevators, yet it is largely responsible for their performance and efficiency. The importance of Power Electronics to the economy is consequently very much greater than its direct market value.

Amantys has built on the base of research coming out of Cambridge University to establish a product portfolio that targets high power applications such as offshore wind turbines, high voltage direct current transmission, traction and large motor drives.

Bryn Parry, VP Corporate Development, was previously General Manager of the Development Systems Division at ARM Ltd. Prior to this role he managed the IP licensing business unit for six years. Bryn has previously worked in engineering and application roles at AMD and Mars Electronics. Bryn was one of the founders of Amantys in 2010.

Bryn will be talking about the technology behind Amantys and the ways in which the company is commercialising it.

Please register here. All interested are welcome, including those who are not yet members of CHASE. Entrance is free.

Monday, 7th April - 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Venue: Venue: Mills & Reeve, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PH
See http://www.mills-reeve.com/cambridge/ for directions.

Please note: we don’t issue name/affiliation badges but you are encouraged to bring your own to aid networking.

Date: 
7 April 2014 - 8:30pm

Talk - From research project to commercial silicon in 4 companies and 5 countries - Charles Sturman - 3 Feb

Charles Sturman will be talking about the process of designing and commercialising integrated circuits.

Charles has over 20 years of experience in VLSI and wireless communications (2G, 3G, LTE, WiFi, and Bluetooth) and is the author of more than ten papers and books. Educated at Southampton University, he has a degree in Electronic Engineering and a Master’s in Information Engineering.

He is responsible for u-blox’s LTE business strategy and associated chipset product line. U-blox is a Swiss company working in embedded wireless communications and positioning for industrial, automotive and consumer applications.

Charles joined u-blox following the acquisition of Cognovo – the 4G SDR silicon company – where he was founder and Vice-president Sales and Marketing. Prior to this, he was Director of ARM’s Vector Signal Processor group, with responsibility for business development, strategy and general management. Before that Charles held various positions in system design, business development and product marketing within Acorn Computers, TTPCom and Motorola. At TTPCom Charles was instrumental in the company’s licensing of 2G and 3G wireless IP, generating revenues of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Date: Monday, 3rd February 2014 - 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Venue: Venue: Mills & Reeve, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PH
See http://www.mills-reeve.com/cambridge/ for directions. Please note this is the new Mills & Reeve building.

Please register here. All interested are welcome, including those who are not yet members of CHASE. Entrance is free.

Please note: we don’t issue name/affiliation badges but you are encouraged to bring your own to aid networking.

Date: 
3 February 2014 - 7:30pm

CHASE dates for 2014

Here is the list of dates for 2014, with thanks to ARM and Mills & Reeve:

Feb 3 - Mills & Reeve
Mar 3 - ARM
Apr 7 - Mills & Reeve
May 12 - ARM
June 2 - Mills & Reeve
Jul 7 - ARM
Sep 1 - Mills & Reeve
Oct 6 - ARM
Nov 3 - Mills & Reeve
Dec 1 - ARM

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