PanaceaStars in partnership with Cancer Research UK


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

OncoStars is an engagement, training and translation platform for researchers working in the field of oncology.

It is designed to inspire you to think about your research from a patient impact perspective, to spark your entrepreneurial appetite and to support the commercial development of your bold and innovative visions.

Join us, and get your groundbreaking cancer-related research out of the lab!



  • Aimed at everyone working in the fields of diagnosing, treating and preventing cancer.
  • All stages welcome; whether you have just an idea or have a proof-of-concept.
  • You do not have to have had Cancer Research UK funding to participate.
  • Teams or single founders accepted.




  • Top-class entrepreneurial training.
  • Access to Cancer Research UK’s and PanaceaStars’ professional networks.
  • Mentorship from industry experts.
  • A tailored pipeline & market strategy.
  • No fees, no equity, no strings attached.

OncoStars Overview

Running over several months, there is something for everyone! From educational seminars for those who are curious, to OncoStars action bootcamp for anyone with an idea or start-up in Oncology. So get involved!

March 2024
OncoStars launch and info sessions

Join us for a series of virtual events with leading experts from academia, tech transfer, investment, pharma, biotech & entrepreneurship. Check again soon for more information.

14th June 2024
OncoStars Action call deadline

Apply online to Oncostars Action, whether you have an idea or think you might have an idea or you have a proof-of-concept, all stages welcome. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to join the OncoStars Action bootcamp!

July 2024
OncoStars Action bootcamp

A series of workshops, seminars & mentoring sessions to support the commercial development of your bold idea!

Develop - Autumn/Winter Cohort
Shortlisting for Develop

The top teams from OncoStars Action are invited to join Panacea Stars Develop.

Develop - Autumn/Winter Cohort
Develop begins

Develop enables early-stage founders to de-risk their start-ups whilst competing for a prize worth £100K!

Key Information




14th June 2024


Oncostars events and bootcamps will be held in person


Anyone with an idea or a start-up based on oncology.

You do not have to be in a team to participate.

No, anyone working in the field of oncology, whether or not you are CRUK-funded can enter.

Come to one of our entrepreneurial events, network with like-minded people and form an idea!

No, they are completely separate phases and there is no obligation to join.

Develop is an 8 week semi-remote programme designed to de-risk your startup whilst competing for a non-dilutive prize. Find out more here.

Join us now!

Apply now to OncoStars