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BioFocus 2022

June 28, 2022

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 [email protected] 

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



    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



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


  • 16:50

    Drinks Reception



June 28, 2022


07545 207896
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Marriott Hotel MetroCentre
Marconi Way, Metrocentre
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE11 9XF United Kingdom
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