Tuesday 1 December

09.30 – 09.40

Welcome and tribute to Simon Ellison
Steve Bates OBE, Chief Executive Officer, BioIndustry Association and
Kit Erlebach, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies & Chair of BIA MAC

Host Sponsor Welcome
Peter Levison, Pall 

09:40 – 09.50

UK Strategy Update
Steve Bates OBE, Chief Executive Officer, BioIndustry Association

09.50 – 10.00

UK Manufacturing Perspective
A snapshot of the UK’s biomanufacturing landscape

Dr Stephen Ward, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult

10.00 - 10.15 Break and networking

10.45 – 11.00

Collaboration is key - academia, industry and government working together to deliver COVID19 vaccines
This session will celebrate how industry, academia and Government has come together to develop vaccines in the fight against COVID-19
Chair: Ian McCubbin OBE

Panel members:

Dr Sandy Douglas, Academic Clinician, The Jenner Institute, Oxford University
Kevin Thompson, Technical Director, Pall Biotech
Dr James Miskin, Chief Technical Officer, Oxford Biomedica
Ravi Limaye, Managing Director, Wockhardt
Mark Proctor, Senior Director, Global Supply Strategy, AstraZeneca

11.00 – 11.30

Break and networking

11.30 – 12.15

What next for COVID19 Vaccines and Antibodies - portfolio and future strategy 
Chair: Steve Bates OBE & Kate Bingham

Vaccines Taskforce update – portfolio and future strategy 
Kate Bingham, Chair of the Vaccine Taskforce

Panel session:

Professor Robin Shattock, Chair in Mucosal Infection and Immunity, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Infectious Disease, Imperial College London
Dr Matthew Duchars, Chief Executive Officer, VMIC
Dr Paul Varley, VP Biopharmaceutical Development, Kymab
David Lawrence, Chief Financial Officer, Valneva

Closing reflections on how far we’ve come
Kate Bingham and Steve Bates

12.15 – 12.30

Richard Wilson Impact Award
Presented by Dr Kit Erlebach, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies & Chair of BIA MAC

12.30 – 13.30

Early Career Researcher Poster flashes
Young researchers will present their projects and outcomes ahead of the Poster Prize voting
Chaired by Dr Jonathan Haigh, Fujifilm

13.30 – 14.30


14.30 – 14.55

LeaP presentation
Chair: Steve Bates & Kit Erlebach
Louise Taylor, Centre for Process Innovation  
Zach Sexton, Cytiva

14.55 - 15.25

MMIP overview - strategy and progress update
An overview will be given of the ongoing Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MMIP) initiatives, including high level updates from each of the MMIP work streams.

Andy Evans, VP Clinical Manufacturing and Supply, AstraZeneca and Chair of MMIP

15.25 – 16.10

Peter Dunnill Award Presentation and lecture
Presented by Sharon Grimster, last year’s recipient

16.10 – 16.20

Summary and close of day one
Steve Bates OBE, 
Chief Executive Officer, BioIndustry Association

18.00 – 20.30

Evening Networking

Wednesday 2 December

9.30 – 10.45

WORKSHOP 1 – Arthritis - From rehabilitation to remission

Chair: Sharon Grimster, BIA MAC vice-Chair

A history of biopharmaceutical development for Arthritis: early challenges and successes
A view of the development of biopharmaceuticals for the treatment of arthritis from the 1990’s to present day including some personal recollections of the early development of antibody therapies.
Dr Ursula Ney
Non-executive director in Life Science industry

Autologous Tolerogenic Dendritic Cells for Rheumatoid Arthritis (AuToDeCRA)
Our team is developing AuToDeCRA as a means to ‘switch off’ rheumatoid arthritis, and potentially applicable to other areas of autoimmunity. We have completed phase 1 and are gearing up for phase 2, where we will compare administration routes. This presentation will also cover, briefly, the Newcastle ‘offer’ in terms of Advanced Therapies development and delivery.
Professor John Isaacs
Newcastle University Translational and Clinical Research Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK & Associate Medical Director (Research), Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

I’m a Believer!
I’m a believer  - one woman’s journey from rehab to remission with Rheumatoid Arthritis,  and the difference your work makes to the lives of people with arthritis.  The importance of partnerships to Versus Arthritis and how the charity can support your work.
Frances Borrer
Versus Arthritis

WORKSHOP 2 – #Empoweringdigitalskills

Access to digital skills and data analysis is becoming increasingly important in finding solutions to today’s bioprocessing challenges. We need to ensure people within our industry have the digital skill sets they need. Demand already outstrips supply in many sectors and this is set to skyrocket as technology transforms business models. Pre-COVID the CBI reported that businesses were cautiously optimistic they would be able to access the digital skills they need in the future and we have all seen the effect the pandemic has had on digital infrastructure and ways of working. This session will present a number of different approaches currently being used successfully to upskill and attract new digital talent to our sector including innovative apprenticeships in data science and AI, application of digital solutions to bioprocessing challenges, exploiting data science to attract talent across sectors and launch of a new virtual learning platform for advanced therapies and vaccine manufacturing skills.

Chair: Dr Kate Barclay

Skills Overview/Launch of CATTS
Dr Kate Barclay

Skills Consultant, BioIndustry Association

Learning pathways in Data Science & AI apprenticeships
Cambridge Spark are the UK's leading specialist Data Science & AI apprenticeship training provider. This talk will cover how you can develop Analytics, Data Science & AI skills and capability by using government-funded apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships, from entry-level all the way through to MSc. Cambridge Spark's cutting-edge training in Data Science and AI includes Data Analyst, Data Scientist, and Machine Learning Engineer apprenticeships as well as Data Science degree apprenticeships at BSc and MSc levels.
Tony Clark
Head of Training Solutions, Cambridge Spark

Digital apprenticeships
Having recently graduated from the BSc Digital and Technology Solutions Apprenticeship Program, Becca will share her experiences of being a Digital Apprentice at AstraZeneca. Throughout her scheme, she has been able to rotate around several different IT and business areas, gaining invaluable experience and applying her university learnings to real life working scenarios. When Becca started at AstraZeneca in 2016, she had little idea of where she wanted her career to progress to, but now four years on she has a permanent role in a team she loves, a full BSc and has just embarked on her newest challenge - the MSc Digital and Technology Solutions.
Becca Goodwin
Digital Apprentice, AstraZeneca

Talent engineering using machine learning algorithms
Enginuity combines our existing engineering expertise with ingenuity with data to shape the future of the engineering and manufacturing landscape. This talk will discuss how machine learning can develop understanding of how a common skills language can be evolved to understand those transferrable skills, to support reskilling, recruitment and repurposing of careers.
Dr Jacqueline Hall & Dr Ben Alexander-Dann
Head of Policy & Strategy & Data Science and Insight Analyst, Enginuity 

Launch of Advanced Therapies Skills Training Network online platform
Dr Kate Barclay
Skills Consultant, BioIndustry Association

10.45 – 11.15


11.15 – 12:45

Pitches from new enabling technology companies - Dragon’s Den style voting for best technology
Chair Oliver Hardick

Mass photometry – a novel method to study biomolecules
Mass photometry is a novel method recently developed by scientists at the University of Oxford to determine the mass and mass distributions of native single molecules in solution. In a label-free manner and using only a few microlitres of sample it is possible to study the mass, oligomeric state, binding behaviour and much more in a single assay that takes no more than a few minutes.
Dr James Wilkinson
Sales Director, Refeyn

FourPlus: Immersive Technologies for the Life Sciences Sector
FourPlus creates powerful, virtual and augmented reality tools for the life sciences sector. Harnessing these state-of-the-art immersive technologies, we provide innovative solutions for lab design, lab training, data visualisation and technology showcasing.   
Dr Hayley Mulhall
Founder and CEO, FourPlus

Empowering the digitalisation and scale up of Cell & Gene therapies
Autolomous is building a software platform to enable CGT manufacturers to better capture, manage and leverage manufacturing insights. Within 18 months since our inception, Autolomous has deployed its  first commercial product, AutoloMATE-eBMR, to clients in the UK, Europe and US. AutoloMATE-eBMRs flexibility has been demonstrated by the variety of manufacturing workflows we support, including TIL, CAR-T, Allo NK and IPSC.
Kwok Pang
Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder, Autolomous

Microfluidics, a path towards safe, scalable, and affordable manufacturing of cell therapies
MicrofluidX is tackling the problems of process control, scalability, and cost associated with cell bioprocessing, in particular for autologous cell and gene therapy. Its automated, closed technology allows biologists to easily carry out process development by running dozens of cell culture conditions in parallel with extreme process control, and to scale up seamlessly up to several billion cells for manufacturing at a fraction of the current costs.
Dr Antoine Espinet
Founder and CEO, MicrofluidX

Opvia Cloud Platform - a simpler way to collect, integrate and analyse bioprocessing data
The Opvia Cloud is a data platform for bioprocessing R&D teams. Leading R&D teams are using the Opvia platform to transition away from spreadsheets for data collection. Upstream to downstream, teams can instantly access all of their data in one place - consistently structured, labelled and fully contextualised. Scientists can instantly analyse their data across all their past experiments, and even access the data via the API to build their own ML models.
William Moss
CEO, Opvia Ltd.

12.45 – 13.45


13.45 – 15.00

Chair: Damian Marshall

How technology innovation can potentially improve bioprocesses and achieve some of the objectives of Industry 4.0.
In order to address the challenges faced as we move forward with the adoption of Industry 4.0 we have developed several new technologies and product platforms that supplement the existing toolboxes and are potential enablers for process improvement and optimization in the design of end-to-end processes. These will be illustrated and demonstrate how it should be possible to develop process flows using the technology platforms best optimised for optimal productivity based on kg product produced per year per unit facility footprint.
Dr Peter Levison
Executive Director Business Development, Pall Biotech

Peptide-based biomaterials for 3D cell culture and bioprinting
Biogelx supply unique peptide-based biomaterials to researchers around the globe who are interested in 3D cell culture and bioprinting. The core technology of these functional materials was developed at the University of Strathclyde by Prof Rein Ulijn, and Biogelx continue to develop new products and applications around this knowledge base. The company remains in touch with its academic roots by supporting 6 ongoing PhD studentships and acting as a contributing partner in a multicenter H2020-funded project involving academic and industry groups.
Dr Chris Allen
Development Scientist, Biogelx

The opportunities and challenges of applying data analytics to biopharmaceutical processing
Gerald Kierans
Pfizer Grange Castle

15.00 – 15.15

Closing summary and awards
Steve Bates, 
Chief Executive Officer, BioIndustry Association
Kit Erlebach, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies & Chair of BIA MAC

Networking event

On 1st December we will welcome you to a virtual pub night at 'The Bioprocess Arms', where we will have a beer tasting experience.

We plan to have delivered to attendees who register to the event and provide their postal address by the deadline, up to availability, a beer tasting kit and a small food hamper. The deadline is 2pm on 20/11/2020. We will send out a link for this in due course.

The event will take place on Remo ( and will be hosted by Ben McFarland. Ben McFarland is a specialist beer writer and the youngest person to have won the Beer Writer of the Year award. He is also a successful author and has made regular appearances on TV and Radio including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 2 and LBC, and is one half of the double act which performs the hilarious (and Edinburgh Fringe famous) shows “The Thinking Drinker’s Guide to Alcohol” and “Legends of Liquor”.

Guests will be required to work in teams of 8 to answer a number of pre-set questions. For the winning team members there will be a prize: Ben’s book ‘Thinking Drinkers: The Enlightened Imbiber’s Guide to Alcohol’

Draft timing:

6 - 6.30pm: The platform is accessible to guests
6.30 - 8pm: The beer tasting experience takes place
8 - 9.30pm: Guests can continue to network


  • Guests are not permitted to record the event in any form without the express permission of the Provider.
  • The beer tasting kits will be delivered between 23rd November and 1st December via DHL by our supplier ‘The Tasting Quarter’.
  • The hampers will be delivered between 23rd November and 1st December via DPD on a timed delivery by our supplier ‘The Artisan Smokehouse’.
  • The beer tasting kit will contain 6 small bottles (≤ 50cl) of different brews.
  • Hamper storage: Please follow the instructions on the individual products, regarding 'use-by' and 'best before' dates, and storage.
  • Hamper dietary guidelines: The hampers we have pre-ordered are suitable for vegetarians. Please note that they contain cheese and nuts. For any specific queries please contact us
  • Please note that bers are made using cereals (e.g. barley, wheat etc.) which contain gluten. For any specific queries please contact us
  • Please read the Terms & Conditions.
Ben McFarland


The Tasting Quarter

Ben McFarland is a specialist beer writer and the youngest person to have won the Beer Writer of the Year award (an award he has subsequently won twice since). He has contributed to many publications including Esquire, Jamie Oliver Magazine, The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, Time Out London and an array of drinks industry titles. He also co-writes a regular drinks column for The Daily Telegraph.

Ben is also a successful author. In 2008 he co-authored The Good Beer Guide West Coast USA, published by CAMRA. 2009 saw the release of World’s Best Beers: 1000 Unmissable Brews from Portland to Prague, published by Aurum Press. Boutique Beers: 500 of the World’s Finest Craft Brews was published in 2013 by Jacqui Small LLP. Most recently, Thinking Drinkers: An Enlightened Imbiber’s Guide to Alcohol, was co-authored in 2014, again published by Jacqui Small LLP.

Ben has also made regular experiences on TV and Radio including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 2 and LBC, and is one half of the double act which performs the hilarious (and Edinburgh Fringe famous) shows “The Thinking Drinker’s Guide to Alcohol” and “Legends of Liquor”.