Pharma Manufacturing Conference

Pharma Manufacturing Conference

CPI, Darlington
Thursday 16th May

The Bionow Pharma Manufacturing Conference is a one-day conference addressing the needs and requirements of pharma manufacturers who compete on the global stage.

The conference will explore the challenges and enablers for pharma manufacturing in the North and start a conversation through which the Northern manufacturing sites begin to collaborate on areas of common interest and to better influence academia and Government industrial strategy to support manufacturing in this sector.

We are delighted that Ben Houchen, Mayor of Tees Valley will be opening the conference and Andrew Dwyer, Head of Clinical Packaging Operations at GlaxoSmithKline and Andy Topping, Chief Scientific Officer at Fujifilm Diosynth will be giving the Keynote Speeches.

Speakers from ARCINOVA, Centre for Process Innovation, Siemens, Enterprise System Partners, Fujifilm Diosynth, Iksuda Therapeutics, Elanco, Durham University, NEPIC, Teva, Northern Life Sciences, GlaxoSmithKline, Allergan Biologics, Siemens, ARCINOVA, University of Leeds, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, Teesside University and Deloitte confirmed.

The conference will feature sessions on:

  • Digitalisation / Big Data
  • High Potency Medicines
  • Innovation in Analytics
  • Update on the Current State of the Manufacturing Nation
  • Skills - A Roadmap for Change
View the programme from 2018 Pharma Manufacturing Conference:-

CPI Darlington


The Centre for Process Innovation helps companies to develop, prove, prototype and commercialise next generation products and processes.


1 Union Square
Central Park


The centre is in a prime location situated 5 minutes walk away from Darlington Train Station and a 15-minute drive away from Durham Tees Valley Airport. By car, the centre is easily accessible via the A1 and A19, on site parking is available. 


  • Arrival and Registration

  • Welcome Address

    Ben Houchen, Mayor, Tees Valley

  • Keynote Speaker

    Andy Dwyer, Head of Clinical Packaging Operations, GlaxoSmithKline

  • Digitalisation / Big Data

    Session Chair
    Alfredo Ramos Plascenia, Healthcare Director, CPI Darlington 
    Ian Shott, CEO, Arcinova
    Andy Whytock, Head of Digitalisation & Innovation, Siemens
    Rebecca Street-Howard, Quality Technical Manager, GlaxoSmithKline
    David Twohig, Global Consultancy Group (Manufacturing IT Strategies - Life Science) at Enterprise System Partners Limited

  • Coffee & Networking

  • Complex / High Potency Medicines

    Session Chair
    Daniel Smith, Chief Scientific Officer, Cobra Biologics
    Jenny Thirlway, Senior Director - Development Program Team Leader, Iksuda Therapeutics
    Casey Fleming R&D GMP Manufacturing Senior Scientist, Fujifilm Diosynth
    Karamjit Singhpandal, Principal Production Technologist, Fujifilm Diosynth
    Peter Brown, Director, Maelstrom Advanced Process Technologies

  • Innovation in Analytics

    Session Chair
    Alison Dorward, Fermentation Scientist, Elanco
    Simon Beaumont, Assistant Professor in Chemistry, Durham University
    Ian Anderson, Senior Manager - Analytical Sciences, Allergan Biologics
    Julia Leach, Senior Scientist - Analytical, Centre for Process Innovation

  • Lunch, Networking & Tours of National Horizons Centre

  • Keynote Speaker

    Andy Topping, Chief Scientific Officer, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies

  • Update on the Current State of the Manufacturing Nation

    Session Chair
    Gill Hall, Partner, Square One Law
    Alan Dickson, Director, Centre of Excellence in Biopharmaceuticals
    Ian Shott, CEO, Arcinova
    Paul Irving, Managing Director, Northern Life Sciences
    Karen Taylor, Director - UK Centre for Health Solutions, Deloitte
    Nikil Kapur, Professor of Applied Fluid Mechanics, University of Leeds

  • Skills - A Roadmap for Change

    Session Chair
    Linda Randall, Executive Director - Biologics Development, Allergan Biologics
    Shirley Marshall, Principal Lecturer, Teesside University
    Fungayi Chidothe, Head of Strategy & Planning, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult
    Deborah Hatton, Training Manager, Teva
    Mike Devey, Apprentice, Allergan Biologics
    Ben Gay, Apprentice, Centre for Process Innovation 
    Olivia Brown, Graduate, Fujifilm Diosynth

  • Close


Registration will open shortly. For any further queries please contact

Delegate Fees

Premium Member: £100.00 + VAT
Member: £150.00 + VAT
Non-Member: £200.00 + VAT


Call for Posters

There is no better way to showcase new developments, ongoing projects and innovative work to industry experts, regulators and leading pharma manufacturers. Authors are invited to submit an abstract which is closely related to the area of pharma manufacturing.

The posters are intended to provide authors and participants with a greater understanding of the subject matter and to engage in discussions about the work.

Further details are available below:
Call for Posters.pdf