2024 BioFocus Conference

2024 BioFocus Conference

The Catalyst, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle
Wednesday 19th June 2024

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BioFocus is a one-day conference that brings together industry, academia, and experts in life sciences.
BioFocus will inspire your business to connect, engage, benefit and grow. Comprising conference, exhibition, and significant networking sessions, this event will provide a unique opportunity to hear about the latest technologies, innovations, key sector initiatives, and funding opportunities.    


2023 saw attendees from....

AHSN NENC, Air Products, Ambit, CY Partners, AMLo Biosciences, Durham University, Aon, North England Laboratory Supplies, NewChem Technologies, NIHR CCF, North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Newcastle University, Northstar Ventures, Northumbria University, Defence and Security Accelerator, Department for Business & Trade, Entrust Resource Solutions, Apis Assay Technologies Ltd., Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology - University of Leeds, Biofortuna Ltd, Biomatics, BMG LABTECH Ltd, British Business Bank, Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), Datatrial, Epidarex Capital, ESP Diagnostics Limited, Chubb, CK Group, Concept Life Sciences, CRUK, Cryoniss Ltd, Fibrofind, Greenlight Computers, Hexis Lab Limited, Danforth Advisors, Factorytalk, HGF Limited, Iksuda Therapeutics, Innovate UK, Innovation Lab NE, Invest North East England, JT Strategy & Solutions, Lancaster University, Liverpool Uni, MAC Scitech, Macomics, Manchester Metropolitan University, Mathys & Squire, Medicines Discovery Catapult, Medtechtomarket Ltd (UK), Nanovery, National Horizons Centre/Teesside University, National World, NCG, NETPark, Network Scientific Ltd, Onels, Onyx Health, Potter Clarkson IP Ltd, Praetura, Proteintech Europe, PulmoBioMed, QMS Consultancy Ltd, QuantuMDx, Quotient Sciences, RaMarketing, Rapid Fluidics, Science Developments Ltd, Scope International UK, Secerna LLP, SGS, Square One Law, SRG, Sterling Pharma Solutions, Stilla Technologies, Sunderland University, Sygnature Discovery Limited, Team-Compliance, Teledyne ISCO, The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, Tiro Training Limited, Track Real Estate, University of Durham, University of Leeds, University of Newcastle, University of Sunderland, Ward  Hadaway LLP, Worldwide Clinical Trials, Your Special Delivery Service, Ltd.

There is a singular sponsorship opportunity availible for Biotech and Beers the night before the conference. For more information please contact matt.daley@bionow.co.uk .

Key Information

Date: Wednesday 19th June 2024

Venue: The Catalyst, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle

Join us for Biotech and Beers the evening before!

Sponsorship Opportuinity available for Biotech & Beers!


  • 08:30 Registration & Coffee

  • 09:00 Bionow Welcome to BioFocus

  • 09:05 Keynote

    David Nixon, Senior Investment Manager, Maven Capital Partners

  • 09:30 State of the Possible : Accelerating the Growth of the Life Sciences Sector in the Region

    Chair: Emma Banks, CEO, Ramarketing

    Jonathan O'Halloran, CEO, QuantuMDx

    Shadi Farhangrazi, CEO, SM Discovery Group

    Elizabeth Young, Investment Manager, Par Equity

    Matt Lee, Partner, Carter Jonas

  • 10:20 Health Equity North

    Hannah Davies, Executive Director, Health Equity North

  • 10:35 Coffee, Networking & Exhibition

  • 11:05 Reaching Investors via Envestors

    Oliver Woolley, CEO, Envestors

  • 11:20 Developments in Diagnostics

    Chair: Helen Dent, CEO, BIVDA

    Dan Todd, Founder & CEO, Invenirex

    John YoungProfessor of Translational Clinical / Healthcare Research, Teesside University and CSO & Co-Founder, ResolutionDx

    Sarah Sadler, Sales Manager, Biofortuna

  • 12:10 Industrial Showcase

    Chair: Louise Sutton, Senior Business Development Manager, Fisher Scientific

    Joe Hedley, CEO, NunaBio

    Catherine Bladen, COO, Absolute Antibody

    Craig Mower, Project Manager, MedConnect North

  • 13:00 Lunch

  • 14:30 Keynote

    Clare Wareing, CEO, Cumulus Oncology

  • 15:00 Therapies of Tomorrow

    Chair: David Holmes, Membership Manager, Bionow

    Jonathan Heddle, Professor, Durham University

    Scott Webster, CSO & Founder, Kynos Therapeutics

    Juliana Haggerty, Head of Centre of Excellence, CPI

    Darren Smith, Professor of Bacteriophage Biology, Northumbria University

    Carrie Ambler, CSO, LightOx

  • 16:30 Tea & Coffee and further networking

Gold Sponsors

Exhibitor Packages

Exhibitor Packages are now SOLD OUT!

Gold Exhibitors






Registration will open shortly. For any further queries please contact info@bionow.co.uk



The Catalyst
3 Science Square
Newcastle Helix


Secure bike storage is available
Only a 9-minute walk from Newcastle Central Station
A 7-minute walk from St James Metro Station
Train to London in under 3 hours


Newcastle Helix’s MSCP “The Garage” is situated on Corporation Street (Postcode: NE4 5QB). It can be accessed via Westgate Road turning onto Corporation Street or Cross Villa Place.  MSCP location: Corporation Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5QB 
Alternatively, the closest car parks to The Catalyst are St James’ Park, Blandford Square or Grainger Town Multi-Storey.