More Tomorrows event, Spinningfields, Manchester

PUBLISHED: 08:58 10 May 2013 | UPDATED: 08:59 10 May 2013

Rob Cotton, Vikas Shah, Raj Somaiya, Walli Ullah, James Bailey, Tariq Marfani, Prof. Nic Jones, Michael Oglesby CBE, Sunil Mohindra, Raj Ruia, Ashok Kallumpram

Rob Cotton, Vikas Shah, Raj Somaiya, Walli Ullah, James Bailey, Tariq Marfani, Prof. Nic Jones, Michael Oglesby CBE, Sunil Mohindra, Raj Ruia, Ashok Kallumpram

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Entrepreneurs and philanthropists gathered at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management at Spinningfields, Manchester, to hear Michael Oglesby CBE (Founder and Chairman of Bruntwood) and Professor Nic Jones (Chief Scientist of Cancer Research UK and Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre) explain how they are working to be at the forefront of the global fight against cancer.

The North West Chapter of TiE heard from Mr Oglesby about the similarities of the development of his property business and his own philanthropic journey. Mr Oglesby, from Bowdon, chairs the steering board of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) a partnership between Cancer Research UK, The Christie and The University of Manchester.

He said he is motivated to support the More Tomorrows Campaign, which is raising money to build a £28.5m research building. Mr Oglesby said: ‘Beating cancer is big business. Like the most successful businesses the MCRC will harness the power of collaboration to drive progress and break new ground whilst delivering economic and social benefits locally. With the vibrancy of the city and its academic, cancer treatment and research heritage, Manchester is poised to become a world leader in developing pioneering treatments.’

TiE UK North vice-president Vikas Shah (award-winning entrepreneur and strategist), drew parallels between the approach of entrepreneurs and scientists. He said: ‘This is a unique time. We have the resources, the vision and the capacity to achieve significant wins in our fight against cancer- within our lifetimes. There has never been a more appropriate or necessary time for entrepreneurs to apply skills and resources to support the activities of organisations like MCRC.’

For information on the ‘More Tomorrows’ campaign and Manchester Cancer Research Centre visit: www.moretomorrows.org

PHOTOGRAPHY BY VIKAS SHAH

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