A group of Lloyd’s underwriters has launched a new facility with £53 million ($67.5 million) of capacity that is designed to speed up re/insurance product development for new and emerging risks.
The Product Innovation Facility is led by senior underwriters from Tokio Marine Kiln, Beazley, MS Amlin, Talbot, Liberty Specialty Markets, Hiscox, Ascot, Chubb, Chaucer, Brit, Antares and Apollo. It 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 said it is 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.
“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,” said John Neal, Lloyd’s CEO.
“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 £53 million of capacity in the first instance. The facility is still open to other market participants to join,” said Trevor Maynard, Lloyd’s head of Innovation.
Thomas Hoad, head of Innovation at Tokio Marine Kiln, commented: “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.”
Tina Kirby, head of Innovation & Product Development at Beazley, said: “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.”
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