2020 BioFocus Conference

2020 BioFocus Conference

Digital Event
Monday 19th - Tuesday 20th October 2020

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.

We are delighted to have Jen Vanderhoven, Director at National Horizons Centre and Kath MacKay, Non-executive Director at Northern Health Science Alliance as the Keynote Speakers at the Conference.

To promote careers & skills development within this critical industry, Bionow are enabling students from across the North of England to attend this years' event who will be able to engage with delegates from NE LEP, NHSA, DIT, AHSN, National Horizons Centre, Northern Alliance Advanced Therapies Treatment Centre, Durham University, Pulbiomed, CellularRevolution, Magnitude Biosciences, High Force Reserach, Demuris, HealthCall, Health Network North, Mistura Informatics, NEPIC, CPI Enterprises, Investing Women, Treisar Investments, Novartis, Catalent, First for Pharma, Centre for Process Innovation, Leica Biosciences, Intogral, The Biosphere, Newcastle Unversity, Ramarketing, DataTrial, CRSI, AbbVie, University of Leeds, Keele University, University of Huddersfield, University of Manchester, Melhor Consulting, Innovation Super Network, Nevrargenics, Sterling Pharma Solutions, Lancaster University, Femeda, University of Liverpool, Arcinova, Ward Hadaway, SRG, Cryoniss, Square One Law, Bouygues E&S, LightOx, AF Chempharm, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Bonnacord, Invest North East, UKI2S, and many more to follow......


Conference Agenda

  • Virtual Reception Area Opens

    This area will remain open throughout the day for delegates to drop in for a virtual coffee break and chat or if they have any questions relating to the conference.

  • Conference Welcome

    Richard Baker, Strategy & Policy Director, NE LEP

  • Keynote Speaker

    Kath Mackay, Non-executive Director, Northern Health Science Alliance

  • North East Life Sciences: Collaboration for Growth

    Chair: Geoff Davison, CEO, Bionow
    Elaine Evans, Life Sciences Specialist - Northern Powerhouse Investment Hub, Department for International Trade
    Russ Watkins, Commercial Director, Academic Health Science Network
    Finn Willingham, Northern Alliance Advanced Therapies Treatment Centre Operations Manager, Newcastle Hospitals
    Richard Baker, Strategy & Policy Director, NELEP

  • Virtual Coffee, Networking and Pre-booked Partnering Meetings

  • Northern Accelerator

    Chair: Tim Hammond, Director of Commercialisation & Economic Development / Deputy to the Director of RIS, Durham University
    Jonathan Brookes, Chief Operating Officer, Pulmobiomed
    Sterghios Moschos, Director, Pulmobiomed
    Che Connon, Co-founder, 3D Bio-Tissues Ltd
    David Weinkove, CEO, Magnitude Biosciences
    John O'Brien, COO, Magnitude Biosciences

  • Virtual Coffee, Networking and Pre-booked Partnering Meetings

  • Industrial Showcases

    Chair: David Holmes, Membership Manager, Bionow
    Caitlin Mooney, Research Chemist, High Force Research
    Jeff Errington, Director, Demuris
    Andy Whiting, CEO, Nevrargenics
    Andrew Tasker, CEO, Femeda

  • Biotech & Beers Virtual Networking

  • Virtual Reception Area Opens

    This area will remain open throughout the day for delegates to drop in for a virtual coffee break and chat or if they have any questions relating to the conference. 

  • Conference Welcome

    Geoff Davison, CEO, Bionow

  • Keynote Speaker

    Jen Vanderhoven, Director, National Horizons Centre

  • Innovations Workshop

    Chair: Christine Jordan, Health Network North Manager
    Dave Belshaw, Interim Director of Operations, Academic Health Science Network NE
    Sarah Douglas, Project Manager, Durham County Council
    Fiona McDonald, Clincal Lead for Primary and Community Care, HealthCall
    Dawn Price, Managing Director, Mistura Informatics
    Ryan Siddall, Innovation Manager, NEPIC

  • Funding / Investment

    Chair: Alfredo Ramos, Managing Director of Enterprises, CPI Enterprises
    Saar Shafir, Chief Investment Officer, Treisar Investments
    Jackie Waring, CEO, Investing Women
    Oliver Sexton, Investment Director, UKI2S

  • Pre-booked Partnering Meetings

    The pre-booked partnering meeting will run parallel with sessions during the day to provide flexibility to your diary and maximise networking opportunities.

  • Pharma Partnering

    Chair: Avi Spier, Head of Search and Evaluation, Novartis
    Sam Whitehouse, CEO, LightOx
    Stephen Tindal, Director - Science & Technology, Catalent
    Kevin Cook, CEO, Sterling Pharma Solutions 
    Steve Wedge, Prof of Stratified Cancer Med Discovery, Newcastle University

  • Strengthening Biotech/Medtech Cluster in the North East

    Chair: Alex Cole, Head of Strategic Marketing, Centre for Process Innovation
    Matt West, Senior Director - Product Development and Operations, Leica Biosciences
    Bill Shepherd, Intogral Ltd
    Angus White, Managing Partner, The Biosphere
    Che Connon, Professor of Tissue Engineering, Newcastle University

  • Panel Session

    Chair: Emma Banks, Managing Director, Ramarketing
    Panel Members
    Richard Baker, Strategy & Policy Director, NELEP
    Andrew Tasker, CEO, Femeda
    Alfredo Ramos, Managing Director of Enterprises, CPI Enterprises
    Nathalie Huther, Senior Director - Business Development Europe, Arcinova

Keynote Speakers

Dr Jen Vanderhoven

Director, National Horizons Centre

Jen is the Director of the National Horizon Centre, where sh...

Dr Kath Mackay

Non-executive Director, Northern Health Science Alliance

Dr Kath Mackay is Non Executive Director of the Northern Hea...

Company Showcase


Registration for this conference will open shortly.

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
  • Ability to have online Marketing Material within the resource area of the conference delegate area 
  • Logo on Event page on Bionow website

Please click HERE to view the Company Showcase Guidelines