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Lloyd's underwriters team up to insure the uninsurable

Tue 25 Jun 2019

A group of Lloyd’s underwriters have launched The Product Innovation Facility – a new initiative with £53m of capacity designed to speed up (re)insurance product development for today’s new and emerging risks.

The market-led solution, led by senior underwriters from Tokio Marine Kiln, Beazley, MS Amlin, Talbot, Liberty Specialty Markets, Hiscox, Ascot, Chubb, Chaucer, Brit, Antares and Apollo will trial new types of insurance for complex and non-standard risks, including, but not limited to, intangible assets and supply chain risks, or mishaps caused by artificial intelligence.

Lloyd’s has committed to nurturing a “safe space” for underwriters to experiment with new ideas in a controlled way, which balances the need for appropriate oversight with the risk of not innovating fast enough.

The facility is aligned with The Future at Lloyd’s strategy, which is building a new Lloyd’s market that will thrive in the future by providing even greater value to its customers.

Lloyd’s has a deserved reputation as the home of insurance innovation and I am delighted to see this initiative taking shape, which harnesses Lloyd’s unrivalled entrepreneurial spirit. In so doing The Product Innovation Facility aligns with our collective vision for the future of the world’s (re)insurance market. By incubating new product ideas and helping them to scale up over time, Lloyd’s will continue helping its customers to deal with rapidly evolving and emerging risks.
John Neal, Lloyd’s Chief Executive Officer
The Product Innovation Facility formalises underwriting at the centre of the Lloyd’s innovation ecosystem. Working closely with Lloyd’s innovation team the group has put forward this new concept of product development by agreeing to support one another’s initiatives with £53m of capacity in the first instance. The facility is still open to other market participants to join.
Trevor Maynard, Lloyd’s Head of Innovation
We are fully supportive of the Product Innovation Facility and we invite risk managers, brokers and other interested parties to contact and collaborate with it. By accessing the best ideas and data from the Lloyd’s market, the group will bring forward new solutions for nascent risks, in direct answer to clients’ evolving needs.
Thomas Hoad, Head of Innovation at Tokio Marine Kiln
The Lloyd’s market has always been at the forefront of innovation and syndicates work on new solutions for their clients daily. This initiative is to promote and facilitate collaborative innovation where non-standard risks might require different thinking and expertise.
Tina Kirby, Head of Innovation & Product Development at Beazley

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