Review of The Cambridge Rare Disease Showcase 2022

by | Nov 21, 2022

After three years away, we were delighted to announce the return of the Cambridge Rare Disease Showcase at The Clayton Hotel in Cambridge, UK on 6th July 2022!

The evening event celebrated innovative rare disease projects taking place across Cambridge and beyond, offering relaxed and informal networking within one of the UK’s most prominent scientific hubs. By sharing the experiences, research and expertise of stakeholders from across the field, our Rare Disease Showcase Series creates an unstoppable movement that brings real change to those living with rare conditions.

Our first in-person event since 2020 allowed attendees to connect, learn and ensure no one walks their rare journey alone. We were delighted with the atmosphere and positive feedback and look forward to more successful in-person events in the coming year!

Highlights and key takeaways

Watch and listen to our CEO Dr Rick Thompson recap the night below. He shares how the Rare Disease Showcase Series began, our aim and hopes for The Cambridge Rare Disease Showcase and why bringing the rare community together has been central to every showcase since.

Cambridge Rare Disease Showcase by the numbers

100% of attendees

agreed that the showcase was worthwhile to attend and the presentations were interesting and relevant.

100% of attendees

stated that they would recommend this event and be interested in attending future Beacon events.

96% of attendees

made meaningful new connections at the showcase.

88% of attendees

developed a greater sense of belonging to the rare disease community as a result of attending the showcase.

This has been one of our most successful and well-attended Cambridge showcases to date. The evening truly highlighted the enthusiasm and need for in-person events going forward.

We were delighted to welcome 70 delegates to the Cambridge Rare Disease Showcase 2022, bringing together an excellent range of representatives from across the rare disease community, including:

In addition to the above encouraging statistics, attendees left a range of positive comments on their experience of the event.

This was the first rare disease event I have attended and it was so helpful and informative. I will definitely be coming to future events. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening!

Cambridge Rare Disease Showcase attendee

The whole atmosphere was convivial and collaborative and that tone was set from beginning from the Beacon team –
thank you!

Cambridge Rare Disease Showcase attendee

The event was very informative, brought like-minded people together to support a common, mutual vision and opened up opportunities for collaboration.

Cambridge Rare Disease Showcase attendee

Thank YOU for coming and making the Cambridge Rare Disease Showcase a success. We hope to see you at another Beacon event soon!