Panacea Innovation in partnership with the British Heart Foundation

Cardio Stars

Get your groundbreaking science out of the lab, to diagnose, treat and prevent heart diseases!

Cardio Stars is a research translation and commercialisation programme run in partnership between the British Heart Foundation and Panacea Innovation. It is designed to help physicians and scientists take their discoveries and turn them into products that can be implemented in clinical practice and make a difference to patients.



  • All clinicians and scientists working to prevent, diagnose or treat cardiovascular disease
  • Any type of research, from behavioural science to pharmaceuticals to devices to software
  • Any stage of development, from an interest in translation to an idea with potential to a spin-out
  • Individuals and teams are welcome




  • In depth education in research translation and commercialisation
  • High quality entrepreneurial training
  • Mentoring from industry experts and experienced founders
  • Access to potential investors
  • No fees or other financial commitment

Cardio Stars Overview

Our two phases, Action and Develop, are tailored to researchers at different stages of their translation and commercialisation journey.

Action is an awareness raising initiative that aims to help participants explore the translational potential of their research. It is targeted at those with little or no experience of research translation, and whose work does not yet have obvious commercial potential.

Develop aims to take research output with translation potential from an “idea” to a “asset” with the potential to go to market. Participants will iteratively define their product, ascertain its role in the marketplace, develop a go-to-market strategy, and build a commercialisation plan, with the ultimate goal of securing funding to support their nascent business.

March 2024
Cardio Stars launches

BHF and Panacea announce the launch of the CardioStars programme. Expressions of interest open.

29th March 2024
Cardio Stars Develop Spring/Summer 2024 application deadline

Submit your expression of interest by this date to be considered for Develop SS24.

16th April 2024
Develop Spring/Summer 2024 onboarding webinar

Join us for an online event to kick-off Develop SS24.

24-26th April 2024
Develop SS24 bootcamp

A series of lectures, seminars, workshops and mentoring sessions, hosted in person in Oxford, UK.

June 2024
Cardio Stars Action SS24

Further details will be released shortly.

November 2024
CardioStars Develop Autumn/Winter 24

Further details will be released over the summer.

Key Information

Submit your expression of interest in the CardioStars programme below.

If you want to be considered for Develop SS24, the deadline is 29th March 2024.

Get in touch for further information, or with questions:


No - participation is open to everyone in the cardiovascular community, although researchers funded by the BHF will be given priority.

It doesn’t matter! One goal of the Cardio Stars programme is to raise awareness and help researchers incorporate translation their future research plans and funding applications.

No - we’ll ask you to apply separately for the Action or Develop programmes.

Absolutely - researchers of all levels are encouraged to take part in the programme. Translational projects are often not led by the most senior member of the team. Enthusiasm and commitment are much more important than seniority.

Join us now!

Apply now to Cardio Stars!