The impact of blended finance in support of medical research

Join us for a roundtable discussion on the impact of philanthropy and social investment within medical research and explore the opportunities, challenges, and issues when investing in early seed funding over traditional philanthropy.

The impact of blended finance in support of medical research

Event details
Location and contact details for this event.
Event type: 
10 Mar 2020 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Venue address: 
Farrer & Co, 20-23 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A 3LH
Philanthropy Impact




This event will focus on blended finance across the spectrum of medical research, how collaboration among organisations using diverse investment initiatives is helping to develop a new generation of entrepreneurial scientists.

Speakers at the event will include:

  • Professor Sir Mark Caulfield who has been instrumental in delivering the world-leading 100,000 Genomes Project, which hit its target of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes in 2018 and has already delivered life-changing results
  • Richard Ross, a philanthropist who will discuss funding basic science that generates further funding leading to major advances in medical treatment. He supports researchers who think ‘out of the box’ with a good chance of success
  • James Carleton, a lawyer who will share his experience in advising clients in their philanthropy, with a focus on medical research

The discussion will be facilitated by award-winning writer and broadcaster Vivienne Parry. A scientist by training, she hosts medical programmes for BBC Radio 4 and writes widely on health. She presented on Tomorrow’s World and Panorama, and was awarded the OBE in 2011 for “services to the public understanding of science”.

Chair: Vivienne Parry OBE, Science Writer and Broadcaster, Head of Engagement, Genomics England; Board Member, UK Research and Innovation

Discussion: Professor Sir Mark Caulfield FMedSci, Chief Executive, Genomics England and Co-Director, William Harvey Research Institute; Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at Queen Mary University of London

Richard Ross, Chairman, Rosetrees Trust

James Carleton, Partner, Farrer & Co.



Philanthropy Impact would like to thank Farrer & Co for generously hosting this event
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Event registration
Event cost: 
Non-members £60/£80
Suitable for: 
Professional advisers, philanthropists, social investors, trusts and foundations