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2018 BioFocus Conference

Location: The County Hotel, Neville Street, Newcastle, NE1 5DF

BioFocus is a one day conference, bringing together industry, academia and experts within the field of life sciences. Taking place in the North East of England, 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.

North East Local Enterprise Partnership and Ellab are kindly sponsoring BioFocus 2018.




08.45 - 09.15

Registration & Coffee 

09.15- 09.25

Conference Welcome

Richard Baker, Head of Strategy & Policy, NE LEP

09.25- 09.45

Keynote Speaker

Elaine Warburton, CEO, QuantuMDx

09.45- 10.45

State of the Nation Panel

Chaired by: Emma Banks, CEO, Datatrial
Geoff Davison, CEO, Bionow

Michael Kipping, Innovation Lead - Biomedical Catalyst, Innovate UK
Neil Willis, Regional Project Lead, NE LEP
Peter Simpson, Chief Scientific Officer, Medicines Discovery Catapult
Helen Brain, Partner, Square One Law

10.45- 11.15

Coffee, Networking & Exhibition

11.15 - 12.25

Pharma Manufacturing

Phillip Aldridge, Chief Executive, NEPIC
Alex Cole, Strategic Marketing Analyst, Centre for Process Innovation
Gillian Taylor, Senior Lecturer, Teesside University

12.25 - 13.25

Industry Showcases - Leading companies details their journey and share the lessons learnt

Andy Chaloner, CEO, Stream Bio
David Bunker, Chief Technology Officer, Aptamer Group
Bernard Golding, Founder, NewChem Technologies

13.25 - 14.25

Lunch, Networking & Exhibtion

14.25 - 14.45

Keynote Speaker

Moein Moghimi, Professor of Pharmaceutics & Nanomedicine, Newcastle University

14.45- 15.45


Stephen Johnson, Co-founder & CEO, Aging2.0
David Weinkove, Associate Professor, Durham University

15.45- 16.45

Clinical Research & Translation

Stephen Lynn, Diagnostics NE

John Isaacs, Institute Director, Newcastle Clinical Research Facility

16.45- 16.50

Conference Close & Opening of Drinks Reception

16.50- 18.00

Drinks Reception

Delegate Prices
Member: £75.00 + VAT
Non-Member: £95.00 + VAT

For details of the sponsorship opportunities and exhibition packages available at the event, please contact Helen Williams on 07714 168020 or at

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