2024 Pharma Manufacturing Conference

2024 Pharma Manufacturing Conference

Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Tuesday 14th May 2024

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The Northern Powerhouse plays a vital role in Pharma Manufacturing
With more than 1,000 life science companies operating across the region and with the North East producing 33% of UK GDP in pharmaceutical manufacturing and 31% of contract research organisations based in the North West, the North of England’s life science sector is worth more than £13.6bn.
Bionow’s Pharma Manufacturing conference will bring together industry, academic and regulatory experts to collaborate and share their experiences and expertise through talks, panel discussions, exhibitions and networking to identify challenges and opportunities in the industry.
The life sciences industry requires a joined-up approach
The sector continues to face challenges, such as attracting the right talent, managing increasing costs, adopting ethical practices, investing in new technologies and supply chain disruption. There are also many opportunities to grow, including access to funding at local and national levels, working collaboratively across industry, academia and the public sector, developing more sustainable manufacturing practices and utilising developments in new therapies to streamline routes to market.
Get involved at Pharma Manufacturing 2024 as we highlight and celebrate the North’s world-class manufacturing sector.

2023 saw atttendees from ....
BioPharma Dynamics, Biocair, Kneat, National Physical Laboratory, Source Bioscience, SGS Vitrology Ltd, CellRev, Origin Pharma, National Horizons Centre, NEPIC, Pharmaron, Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult ,Scitech Engineering, Entrust Resource Solutions Group, FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific, SGS, North England Laboratory Supplies, CPI, PMT (GB) Ltd, Durham University, Origin Pharma Ltd, Newcastle University, NETPark, EasyFairs, SRG, Teesside University, Industrial Technology Systems Ltd (ITS), MIME Solutions,AstraZeneca, TVCA, TriRx Speke ,Charles River, NELS, Entrust Resource Solutions, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, ITS, Teeside University, FUJIFILM Diosynth BiotechnologiesLtd, PMT, Puretech Process Systems Limited, Getinge Applikon, Medrus Pharma, WHP Engineering Ltd, PureTech,Invest North East England, Siemens plc, PBD Biotech, Chubb, Yokogawa, Fujifilm Diosynth, Sartorius Stedim UK Ltd, GMP Manufacturing Ltd, Cryoniss Ltd, North East Local Enterprise Partnership, University of Huddersfield, Cytomos Ltd, CY Partners Scientific Recruitment,Elanco Animal Health, Network Scientific Ltd, Bouygues E&S, Biopharma Manufacturing Professional, ATMP Solutions Ltd, NCIMB, WSP, VRS Recruitment, Darlington Borough Council,Middlesbrough Council, Stockton on Tees Borough Council, Broughton Laboratories, Enterprise Ireland UK, Gemu Valves Ltd, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Tees Valley Combined Authority, Rider Levett Bucknall, Nanovery, Piramal Pharma Solutions, Koerber Pharma Software, Labman Automation, TIRO

Exhibition has now SOLD OUT!! Please email mollie.nolan@bionow.co.uk to be added onto the reserve list.


Key Information

Date: Tuesday 14th May 2024

Venue: Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport,Speke, Liverpool, L24 8QD

Gold Sponsors




  • 08:00 Registration & Coffee

  • 08:50 Conference Opens

    Geoff Davison, CEO, Bionow

  • 08:55 Welcome Address

    Adeel Aslam, Technical Director, Bouygues Energies & Services

  • 09:00 Keynote speaker

    Nige Hilton, Vice President of Manufacturing & Site Head, CSL Seqirus Liverpool

  • 09:30 The North - The Place to be for Pharma Manufacturing?

    Chair: Andy Jones, Founder and Director, MedrusPharma Consulting

    Adeel Aslam, Technical Director & Northern Powerhouse Investment Champion, Bouygues Energies & Services

    Tony Meadon, Associate Director Quality (QP) and Core Team Leader, Pharmaron Biologics (UK)

    Simon Reid, Assistant Director for Business Growth, Growth Platform - Liverpool City Region Growth Company

    Mark Proctor, Vice President, UK Operations, AstraZeneca

    Chintan Patel, Executive Director Operations, FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies

  • 10:30 Tea, Coffee & Networking

  • 11:00 Innovation in Digitization

    Chair: Neil Wetherall, Managing Director (UK), Factory Talk

    Tom Foulkes, Digital Project and Change Manager, AstraZeneca

    Hannah Edmonds, Chief Engineer - Digital Manufacturing Accelerator, MTC Liverpool

    Jonathan Munkley, Technical Director - Digital Services Lead, WSP

  • 11:45 Emerging Technologies

    Chair: Stephen Byard, Principal Research Fellow, Quotient Sciences

    Safwan Akram, Professor of Innovation in Healthcare / Biosciences, National Horizons Centre 

    Ania Jolly, Head of Research and Business Engagement, Henry Royce Institute

    Andrew Owen, Professor of Pharmacology and Director of CELT, Centre of Excellence in Long-acting Therapeutics (CELT) 

  • 12:30 Lunch

  • 14:00 Keynote speaker

    Rachel Lewin, MSAT Technical Director, GSK

  • 14:30 Skills for the 21st Century Workforce

    Chair: Natalie Kenny, CEO, BioGrad

    Charlotte Blant, CEO, Tiro

    Kath Hart, HR Director Liverpool, CSL Seqirus 

    Amie Bentley, Apprenticeships Business Development Manager, Manchester Metropolitan University

    David Cosgrove, Senior Director -  Customer Relationship Team, TriRx Pharmaceuticals

    Emily Butterworth, Laboratory Scientist Apprentice, Manchester Metropolitan University/AstraZeneca

    Joe Watkins, QC Degree Apprentice, Seqirus

  • 15:30 Networking, Tea & Coffee

  • 16:00 Technology Transfer Case Studies

    Chair: Nick Smith, Regional Operations Manager, Scitech Engineering

    Tom Smith, Head Bioprocess Automation, Labman Automation & Azam Razzaq Head of Early Phase Microbial Development & Manufacturing, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies

    Ben Gay, Senior Scientist, MSAT at Centre for Process Innovation Limited (CPI)

    Declan Greally, Pharmaceutical Technical Director, Elanco

    Mike Pipis, Regional Business Manager, SGS Vitrology

  • 17:00 Conference Close

    Stella James, Executive Director Business Development, Bionow


All tickets are now SOLD OUT!

Gold Exhibitors



                        Liverpool announces end-to-end pandemic institute | LSTM                                        Life Sciences Engineering, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Scitech         



                                                                  Entrust Resource Solutions | STEM & Life Sciences Recruitment 




                             Guardtech Group | Five Companies, One ...                          Kent Stainless | Bespoke Design ...                  


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Venue Information


Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport, an IHG Hotel, Speke Aerodrome, Airport, Liverpool L24 8QD


If you’re arriving by car: Leave the motorway at junction 6 and take the A5300 Knowsley Expressway towards Speke. At the roundabout, turn right onto the A562 Speke Boulevard towards Liverpool. Follow this road for about four miles, past the turning for the airport on your left. The hotel will be on your left at the next traffic lights, just past the Estuary Commerce Park.

If you’re coming by public transport: located just 7 miles from Liverpool city centre, 1 mile from Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Liverpool South Parkway rail station.


Parking is available onsite