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2017 BioFocus Conference

Location: The Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4EP

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 is kindly sponsoring BioFocus 2017.



09.00 - 09.30

Arrival and Registration

09.30 - 09.35

Conference Welcome
Geoff Davison, CEO, Bionow

09.35 - 09.55

Keynote Speaker
Ian Campbell, Director - Health & Life Sciences, Innovate UK

09.55 - 10.45

Life Sciences in the North of England - How will Brexit affect us and what are the opportunities in the Industrial Strategy
Ian Campbell, Director - Health & Life Sciences, Innovate UK
Norman Molyneux, Chief Executive, Acceleris Capital
Michael Whitaker, Convenor, First for Pharma
Will Dracup, Chairman, Biosignatures
Hans Moller, Innovation Director, North East LEP

10.45 - 11.15

Coffee, Networking & Exhibition

11.15 - 12.00

Newcastle University - Working with industry to translate research and innovation into commercial and patient
Mark Birch-Machin, Associate Dean for Business & Commercial Interface, Newcastle University
Olusola Idowu, CEO, Hexis Labs

12.00 - 12.40

Industry Showcases - Leading companies will detail their journey and share the lessons learnt
Orla Proteins
Shield Therapeutics

12.40 - 13.25

Durham University - Doing Business with Durham
Emily Humphrys, Cambridge Research Biochemicals
Heather Allinson, Senior Business Development Manager, Durham University
Adriana Botes, Director and CSO, VideraBio

13.25 - 14.30

Lunch. Networking & Exhibition

14.30 - 14.50

Using Connections to Strengthen your Business
Angela MacOscar, Innovation Manager, Innovation Super Network

14.50 - 15.30

Industry Showcases - Leading companies will detail their journey and share the lessons learnt
Arquer Diagnostics
Fujifilm Diosynth

15.30 - 16.00

Sunderland University - Research Highlights in Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Noel Carter, Senior Lecturer, Sunderland University



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

For details of the sponsorship opportunities available at the conference, please contact Helen Williams on 07714 168020 or at

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