BIA Procurement Professionals Seminar

The BIA are delighted to announce a new event for procurement professionals within the biotech sector, which will take place in virtual format this May. 

This event aims to bring together a peer network, allowing procurement professionals to develop their companies processes as well as their own professional development.

We will get guidance on a number of key topics facing procurement professionals in the life sciences, including managing Brexit, developing your skills, and how to go about procurement in a small organisation. These sessions from industry leaders will be followed by a panel discussion in which experienced speakers will share their stories and answer any questions you may have. 

There will also be an opportunity to network remotely using Remo, a platform designed to mimic in-person networking as closely as possible.


12:30    BIA introduction
12:45    The impact of Brexit - what has changed, and how do we respond?
13:45    SME procurement - how to work effectively without a large team 
14:30    Developing your skills as a procurement specialist
15:15    Networking
16:00    Panel discussion - lessons and stories from experienced professionals

Virtual format & tech requirements

We are excited to bring you this BIA regional focused networking event in virtual format.

You will be able to join us online to network and, similar to an in-person event, move from virtual table to table to mingle with other attendees. The platform we will be using also includes useful features which will allow you to message directly with other attendees and share LinkedIn details to connect. There is also a general chat for all attendees.

During the presentations/discussion you will be able to submit and vote on audience questions and we will try our best to cover everything in the time allocated.

What are the technical requirements to attend the virtual event?

  • There is no software installation or download required.
  • Please attend using a laptop or desktop computer with audio and video capabilities (webcam and microphone). 
  • You will need to use one of the supported browsers to have the best user experience:
    Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
  • Please do a system check in advance of the event, to ensure you will be able to join without issue.

If your company has firewalls or browsing restrictions in place, please test your connection and liaise with your IT team in advance to ensure you are able to fully participate in the event.

Cost and booking T&Cs

BIA members:     Free
Non-members:   £30 +VAT

By registering for this event you accept our Terms & Conditions.

In case of any issues registering for the event, please contact us at 



Richard Amey

Global Director, Sales Excellence


Leading Avantor’s Brexit preparations since October 2018, Richard has overseen over 280 different actions to prepare the company before, during and after the UK’s transition away from the European Union. In this webinar, Richard will provide an overview of six critical areas of risk to consider for Brexit, and will highlight specific areas that have potential to impact procurement and the life sciences industry now and in the coming months and years.

Richard is Director of Commercial Excellence at Avantor and has worked in the scientific sector both as a researcher in the biological sciences and for commercial companies serving the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Academic and Healthcare sectors.

Caroline Briggs

Founder and CEO

Amici Procurement Solutions

Caroline is the founder and CEO of Amici Procurement Solutions – an organisation that specialises in supporting Biotech companies in the UK and US with their supply chain management. Amici provide cloud based software to support great control in the procurement processes as well as inventory management including GMP inventory and Asset Management. The Amici team provide expert consultancy and service support to provide best of breed infrastructure.

Prior to Amici, Caroline worked in procurement at LifeTechnologies, GSK and SmithKline Beecham coving everything from global category management of pharmaceutical API’s to site procurement, to lean process management and supplier management. Before procurement Caroline worked for Zeneca as a Commercial Development Manager responsible for managing customer relationships and business operations co-ordination. Caroline also spent 1 year as a sandwich student undertaking mostly HPLC and GC stability trials of HIV drugs at Abbot Laboratories. Caroline graduated from Strathclyde University with a BSc in Forensic and Analytical Chemistry.

Mark Ewing

Supply Chain & Facilities Director

Instil Bio

During his nearly 30-year career, Mark has worked in a number of different companies from large corporations (AstraZeneca), rapidly growing businesses (Dechra Pharmaceuticals) and start ups (Instil Bio) in both supply chain and production management roles. Recently he lead implementation of a number of different supply chain improvements including a new multi national S&OP process, a new supply chain delivering Covid tests and improved freight contracts. In his current role Mark’s recently recruited supply chain team have just installed new infrastructure, processes and a materials management system to support clinical trails for a novel cancer therapy.

Dawn Tiura

President and CEO

Sourcing Industry Group

Dawn Tiura is the President and CEO of Sourcing Industry Group (SIG), the world’s premier membership association representing Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies with a combined spend of $17 trillion USD in sourcing and outsourcing. SIG’s goal is to elevate the strategic impact of these organizations on their company’s top and bottom lines. Dawn is also the President of SIG University, an online and in-person training and education organization that offers certifications in sourcing, governance, risk management and intelligent automation. Dawn has a passion to improve sustainability in global supply chains, she helps organizations to meet the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as part of SIG’s UN Alliance and is an ambassador to the Sustainable Procurement Pledge.

Dawn has over 25 years of leadership experience, with the past 20 years focused on the sourcing and outsourcing industry. She is a frequent speaker, presenter and writer. Dawn has been featured at global events and in numerous publications, magazines, videos and books. Prior to joining SIG, Dawn held leadership positions as founder and CEO of Denali Group and before that as a partner in a CPA firm, focused on early Silicon Valley enterprises and high wealth individuals. Dawn is the proud mother of six and actively involved on several boards promoting civic, health and children’s issues in Florida area. Dawn is a licensed CPA with a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MS at Golden Gate University.