2022 BioFocus

2022 BioFocus

Marriott Hotel Metrocentre, Newcastle, Gateshead
Wednesday 22nd June 2022

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BioFocus is a one-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, 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.

2021 attendees..
NE LEP, CPI Enterprises, Newcastle City Council, QuantuMDx, Arcinova, Invest NE, Iksuda Therapeutics, Northstar Ventures, Epidarex Capital, British Business Bank, Durham University, Fibrofind, EDI, LightOx, Centre for Process Innovation,  Sterling Pharma Solutions, National Horizons Centre, SRG, ramarketing, Northern Alliance Advanced Therapies Treatment Centre, Gliff.AI, Northumbria University, NEPIC, Integrated Covid Hub North East (ICHNE), AHSN, Edge Hill University, University of Manchester, Bonaccord, University of Chester, The MTC, Illumina, University of Edinburgh, FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, Liverpool John Moores University, Advarra, University of Liverpool, Cinetique Translations, GSK, Newcastle University, Savannah Wisdom, University of Leeds, NHSA, Potter Clarkson, PHC Europe, Bouygues E&S, Marshall-DDP, AF Chempharm and many more to follow......

There are exciting Sponsorship & Exhibitor opportunities available, further information can be found here.

For further information please contact Jesse Gray on jesse.gray@bionow.co.uk 

Registration is still open however tickets booked after 1.00pm on 20th June may not be included in the delegate list 



  • 08:30 Registration, Coffee, Networking & Exhibition

  • 09:00 Conference Welcome

    Richard Baker, North East Local Enterprise Partnership

  • 09:10 Keynote

    Andrea Burroughs, Associate Director Commercial Enterprise, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust

  • 09:30 Build it and they will come

    Chair: Michelle Duggan, Inward Investment Manager, Invest North East England

    Becky Crow, Health and Life Sciences Senior Lead, Invest Newcastle

    Sam Whitehouse, CEO, High Force Research 

    Vikki Rand, Interim Director National Horizons Centre, National Horizons Centre

    Sola Idowu, CEO, Hexislab

  • 10:30 Coffee, Networking & Exhibition

  • 11:00 Developments in Diagnostics

    John Tyson, Head of Innovation Lab, Innovation Lab North East

    Dale Athey, ESP Diagnostics 

    Jonathan O'Halloran, CEO, QuantuMDx

    Sterghios Moschos, Founder & CSO, PulmoBiomed

    Mark Gray, Senior Lecturer, University of Sunderland

  • 12:00 Longevity & Healthy Ageing

    Paul Chazot, Associate Professor, Durham University 

    Iain Brownlee, Associate Professor, Northumbria University 

    Billy Webber, CEO, XR Therapeutics

    Will Dracup, CEO & Founder, Early Diagnostics Institute (EDI)

  • 13:00 Lunch, Networking & Exhibition

  • 14:20 Skills: Needed now, tomorrow and beyond

    Chair: Karen Burgess, Sector Skills Facilitator, North East Local Enterprise Partnership

    Paul Edwards, R&D Director, Leica Biosystems

    Jose Munoz, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University

    Elaine Roy, Organisational Development Manager, Fujifilm Diosynth

    Jane Klotz, HR Manager, High Force Research

  • 15:20 Therapies of Tomorrow

    Jenny Thirlway, Executive Director, Iksuda

    Carrie Ambler, Chief Science Officer & Founder, Lightox

    Catherine van Niekerk, Lead Project Manager, Northern Alliance Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre (NA-ATTC)

    Shadi Farhangrazi, CEO & Co-Founder, S.M. Discovery Group

  • 16:20 Keynote

    Professor ​Sir John Burn, Chairman, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust

  • 16:50 Drinks Reception

Gold Exhibitors



Registration will open shortly. For any further queries please contact info@bionow.co.uk


Marriott Hotel Metrocentre, Newcastle, Gateshead 

Marconi Way, MetroCentre, Gateshead, Newcastle  NE11 9XF United Kingdom


Train station
MetroCentre Railway Station 0.2 km NE from hotel
Newcastle Central Train Station6.4 km NE from hotel



Complimentary on-site parking

Hotel has 2 car parks - one at the front (SATNAV postcode NE11 9NH)
One at the back (SATNAV postcode NE11 9XF)