Riam Kanso

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Conception X

Riam Kanso is the founder and CEO of Conception X; the UK’s leading venture programme for PhD students who want to build deep technology startups. Riam has a PhD in Neuroscience from Oxford University and has worked both in computational science and med tech; and has co-founded two startups before Conception X.

Since 2018 she has made it her mission to leverage the power of universities and PhD students to create companies that tackle global issues like energy and health. Conception X is currently the only independent cross-university platform that transforms PhD into ‘Venture Scientists’; scientists who transform original research into impactful and scalable products, bridging the gap between lab and market. CX has recruited students from over 40 universities and has enabled collaborations across the higher education sector in the facilitation of tech transfer.

Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge

LONDON 20 June 2023