2021 BioFocus Conference

2021 BioFocus Conference

Digital Event
Wednesday 7th - Thursday 8th July 2021


BioFocus is a two day conference, bringing together industry, academia and experts within the field of life sciences. BioFocus will inspire your business to connect, engage, benefit and grow.

Comprising conference, company showcases, pre-booked partnering and virtual networking sessions, this event will provide a unique opportunity to hear about the latest technologies, innovations, key sector initiatives and funding opportunities.

BioFocus will feature sessions including:-
  • Keynote Speakers
  • The North East Vision for a Global Cluster
  • Developing a Leading Hub for Innovation
  • Translation and Growth for the Sector
  • Meeting the COVID-19 Challenge
  • End to End Infrastructure to Manufacture Medicines
  • Skills - Growing and Retaining Talent
  • Investment and the Ecosystem - Strengthening the Cluster
  • Digital Networking and Pre-booked Partnering Meetings

The full conference agenda will be available shortly

Conference Sponsor


  • Conference Welcome

    Michael Whitaker, Innovation Board Member, NE LEP

  • Keynote Presentation

    Speaker to be confirmed

  • The North East Vision for a Global Cluster

    Chair: Colin Bell, Business & Sector Growth Director
    Hannah Wade, Head of Investor Partnerships and Chief Operating Officer, CPI Enterprises
    Lynne Davies, Economic Advisor, Newcastle City Council
    Jonathan O'Halloran, Chief Executive Officer, QuantuMDx

  • Virtual Networking & Partnering

  • Investment/Ecosystem and Strengthening the Cluster

    Chair: Michelle Duggan, Inward Investment Manager, Invest NE
    David Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, Iksuda Therapeutics

    Alfredo Ramos, Managing Director, CPI Enterprises

    Alex Buchan, Investment Director, Northstar Ventures

  • Virtual Networking & Partnering

  • Translation and Growth for the Sector

    Chair: Carrie Ambler, Professor, Durham University & Chief Scientific Officer, LightOx
    Jelena Mann, Chief Executive Officer, Fibrofind
    Will Dracup, Chief Executive Officer, EDI
    Sam Whitehouse, Chief Executive Officer, LightOx

  • Meeting the COVID-19 Challenge

    Jonathan O'Halloran, Chief Executive Officer, QuantuMDx

  • End to End Infrastructure to Manufacture Medicines

    Juliana Haggerty, Grand Challenge Lead - Biologics, Centre for Process Innovation

    Andrew Henderson, Chief Commercial Officer - Sterling Pharma Solutions

    Further speakers will be announced shortly

  • Biotech & Beers Networking

  • Conference Welcome

    Speaker to be confirmed

  • Keynote

    Speaker to be confirmed

  • Skills - Growing & Retaining Talent

    Chair: Karen Burgess, Enterprise Coordinator, NE LEP

    Jen Vanderhoven, Director, National Horizons Centre

    Behruz Sheikh, Head of Sector: Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals, SRG

    Emma Banks, Head of RaMarketing, RaMarketing

    Further speakers will be announced shortly

  • Supporting the Delivery of Cell and Gene Therapies

    Finn Willingham, Operations Manager, Northern Alliance Advanced Therapies Treatment Centre

  • Developing a Leading Hub for Innovation

    Chair: Alan Welby, Director of Innovation, NE LEP

    Bill Shepherd, Chief Executive Officer, Gliff.AI

    Emma Barron, Business Development Manager, Northumbria University

    Ryan Siddall, Innovation Manager, NEPIC

    Andrea Burroughs, Associate Director Commercial Enterprise Unit, ICHNE

  • Conference Close


Premium Member Delegate Pass

  • £50 + VAT

Member Delegate Pass

  • £75 + VAT

Non-Member Delegate Pass

  • £125 + VAT

Premium Member Company Showcase Package

  • £125 + VAT

Member Company Showcase Package

  • £175 + VAT

Non-Member Company Showcase Package

  • £275 + VAT

Company Showcase Packages

Pre-recorded company showcases will provide participants with the opportunity to introduce their company, promote and generate interest in specific products or services, attract potential partners and collaborations and most of all grow your network!

These digital exhibition packages have been introduced to provide additional benefit and value to delegates, who can create a captivating video presentation and increase engagement with fellow delegates.

Each Company Showcase Package will consist of:- 

  • 1 x Delegate Pass
  • Pre-recorded Company Showcase (3 minutes in length)
  • Showcase uploaded to Event Delegate Area Pre-conference and available Post-conference
  • News Article promoting the Conference and Company showcases with link to pre-recorded material to be circulated to the network and Bionow website / newsletter
  • Social Media Content as a Showcase Company in the run up to the Event
  • Logo on Event page on Bionow website

Please click HERE to view the Company Showcase Guidelines