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Back to the Future: Yesterday’s Research brings Tomorrow’s Innovations

From stem cell therapy to self-driving cars, all modern technology and medical therapies have their roots in research from the past.

1687's Principia by Isaac Newton outlined the physics behind orbits and rockets, yet we did not land on the Moon for another 272 years. Indeed, it took a further 10 years to put a human there! The path from basic research to innovation is not a straight line. The time it takes to wander that path can be frustratingly long and sometimes poorly understood. What is clear, however, is that without basic research there can be no innovation.

In this thought-provoking panel, we will explore some of the major research breakthroughs of the past that have, eventually, led to current innovations.

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