2023 Pharma Manufacturing Conference

2023 Pharma Manufacturing Conference

Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington
Thursday 25th May 2023

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The “Northern Powerhouse” is a key player in Pharma Manufacturing
With more than 1,300 life science companies operating in the region and producing over 50% of the UK’s total pharmaceutical output, the North of England represents one of the UK’s top pharma manufacturing locations.
Bionow’s Pharma Manufacturing conference will bring together industry, academic and regulatory experts to share ideas, collaborate and inform on this exciting and expanding sector to identify challenges and opportunities in the industry. This will build on respective areas of interest to better influence academia and Government Industrial Strategy to further support manufacturing in the wider life science sector.
The life sciences industry is constantly evolving and collaboration is vital
As the world re-emerges from a global pandemic and the UK continues to navigate Brexit, the sector continues to face challenges, from Annex 1 and regulatory changes, access to skilled workers, IP protection, additional manufacturing costs and sustainability. There are also fantastic opportunities in the form of AI and machine learning, new technologies, changing patient needs and increased outsourcing to CDMOs, which further highlights the need for collaboration and the sharing of ideas.
Join the conversation at Pharma Manufacturing 2023 as we showcase the world-class manufacturing capabilities in the North.

2022 saw attendees from..
Ambit, Arup, AstraZeneca, Avantor, Biocair, BioPharma Dynamics, Bouygues E&S, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Centre for Process Innovation, Cogent Skills Training Limited, Crest Solutions, CRS Cold Storage, CY Partners Scientific Recruitment, Duct Clean Services, Elanco, Energy & Carbon Reduction Solutions Ltd, Enterprise Ireland UK, Factory Talk, Fresenius Kabi, FUJIFILM Diosynth BiotechnologiesLtd, High Force Research Ltd, HIH Solutions, Industrial Trading Solutions Ltd, Instill  Bio, Lakes Bioscience, Ligentia UK Ltd, LightOx, Liverpool UTC, Merck, Merit, MIDDAS, Mitigo Cyber Security, Nova Laboratories, Origin Pharma Ltd, Ovagen Group Ltd, Pharmaron Gene Therapy, PMT (GB) Ltd, Prosper Project, Uni of Liverpool, Quay Pharma, Seda Pharmaceutical Development Services, Seqirus, SGS Quay Pharma, SRG, Teesside University, TIRO, Track Real Estate, TriRx Pharmaceuticals Services, University of Liverpool, University of Manchester, VRS Recruitment, WHP Engineering Ltd ,Withnell Sensors




The conference is taking place at Hall Garth Hotel, Coatham Mundeville, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL1 3LU. The hotel is just off the A1, Google map directions can be found here: Hall Garth Golf & Country Club Hotel - Google Maps


For those travelling my train, the closest train station is Heighington Station which is a 2 miles from the hotel. Heighington Station | Trains to Heighington & Times | Northern (northernrailway.co.uk)  There is also the Darlington Station on the East Coast mainline which is 4.9 miles from the hotel.


There is a large car park on site for delegates attending the conference.


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  • 08:30 Registration, Coffee, Networking

  • 08:55 Welcome Address

    Trevor Drummond, Business Development Manager,  Bouygues Energies & Services  

  • 09:00 Keynote Speaker

    Paul Cook, Associate Director Facilities, Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Designing Sustainability In: How BMS is investing in, and designing nationally recognised buildings which have "Sustainability" at their heart. 

  • 09:20 Working towards a Sustainable Future

    Chair: David Holmes, Membership Manager, Bionow

    Jon Lant, Head of Product Development & Innovation, Origin Pharma

    Dave Berry, Head of Digital Business Systems, CPI

  • 10:05 Coffee, Networking & Exhibition

  • 10:35 Keynote Speaker

    Martin Meeson, Chief Executive Officer, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies

    • Martin Meeson, Chief Executive Officer, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies
  • 10:55 Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

    Chair: Richard Ryrie, Biopharma Manufacturing Professional

    Ahsan Zafar, Senior Process Engineer, Bouygues E&S

    John Allen, Senior Manager Analytical Sciences, Pharmaron & Siobhan Fleming, Digitalisation Consultant, Siemens AG

    Mark Geldard, Director of Sales for EMEA, Kneat & Chris Morgan, Director, ATMP Solutions Ltd 

    Gaetano Micera, Director – Life Science Industry Europe, Yokogawa

    Martina Miotto, CSO, CellRev

    James Young, Head of Achieve Breakthrough, AstraZeneca

  • 12:25 Annex 1 - A New Reality

    Chair: Steve Richmond, Programme Director, AstraZeneca

    Joanne Lewis, Head of Sterile Quality / QP AstraZeneca UK Operations

  • 12:45 Lunch, Networking & Exhibition 

  • 13:55 Keynote Speaker

    Trish Melton, Director, Mime Solutions

    • Trish Melton, Founder and Managing Director , MIME Solutions Ltd
  • 14:15 21st Century Workforce – Panel Session

    Chair: Vikki Rand, Director of National Horizon Centre, National Horizons Centre 

    Annette Lewis, Head of AstraZeneca UK Operations Training, AstraZeneca

    Philip Aldridge, CEO, NEPIC  

    Shona Duncan, Head of Education, Employment & Skills, TVCA

    Charlotte Blant, Founder and CEO, TIRO

    Louise McCulloch, Customer Relationship Leader, TriRx Speke

  • 15:15 Coffee, Networking & Exhibition

  • 15:45 Cell & Gene Therapies

    Chair: Linda Randall, Associate Vice President, Biologics Development, Manufacturing & Control, Pharmaron

    Rob Olliver, Director, Process Sciences (Production Manager),Pharmaron

    Andrew Frazer, Associate Director, Scientific Solutions, Charles River 

    Michael Baker, Senior Director Viral Vector Therapy, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies

    Fernanda Masri​, Head of Manufacturing Innovation & Partnerships, Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult  

  • 16:45 Conference Close

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