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, in various locations, 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!

7th October
Cancer Research UK Innovation Summit

Join us at Cancer Research UK’s Innovation Summit which will showcase the benefits of translating your research and the infrastructure available to support you.

University Roadshow

We will be touring the country, with Cancer Research UK and their other partners, to tell you about Oncostars! Details here, and more to follow soon.

5th November
OncoStars launch: Innovating cancer research: trends, challenges and future perspectives.

Join us in London for an event with leading experts from academia, tech transfer, investment, pharma, biotech & entrepreneurship. Register here

OncoStars on tour: How to get your Cancer research out of the lab and into the clinic.

A series of seminars on translating & commercialising your research! Find your nearest one here!

17th November
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!

6th December
OncoStars Action

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

Develop - January
Shortlisting for Develop

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

Develop - February
Develop begins

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

Key Information




November 2019


Oncostars events will happen across the UK. The OncoStars action bootcamp will be held in Oxford, UK


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