BIA regional focus: Glasgow at the cutting edge of digital advances

The BIA is delighted to run another Scottish regional event, this year to be held virtually.

Companies in Glasgow are at the forefront of the new digital approach to drug discovery, development and manufacturing, and this event will celebrate their work by shining a spotlight on three organisations in particular:

  • "Riding the wave of digital chemistry to improve outcome and reproducibility" - Mark Warne, DeepMatter
  • "Developments in digital technologies and microfactories" - Andrea Johnston, CMAC
  • "Advanced digital solutions in the pharmaceutical industry" - Dave Tudor, Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre

After these presentations, the speakers will join a panel discussion to discuss the role of digital developments in the sector, and to answer any questions from the audience.

The afternoon will end with a chance to network remotely using Remo, a platform designed to mimic in-person networking as closely as possible. 


15.00   Sign in and networking
15.15   BIA update
15:25   Presentations followed by panel discussion and Q&A
16:25   Networking
17:30   Event closes

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

This event is free to attend for members of the BIA and members of Bionow. If you are a Bionow member, please email us at 

Non-members will be asked to pay a £30 admin fee to attend this event.

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

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

Andrea Johnston

Programme Manager


A solid-state chemist with expertise in the area of crystallisation and physical form screening in terms of identifying new polymorphs, solvates or co-crystals and performing full physical analyses of crystalline forms. Andrea also has a keen interest in the use of chemoinformatics in both rationalising experiments for physical form screening and determining which parameters are governing crystalline outcome. Responsible for planning and implementation of Hub Research activities; Manages Hub and Postgraduate Development staff.

Dave Tudor

Managing Director

Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre

Dave joined CPI in January 2019 as Managing Director for the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC).

The MMIC is a collaboration between industry, academia and government. CPI is working together with the University of Strathclyde, AstraZeneca and GSK. With government support from Scottish Enterprise and Innovate UK, the MMIC will be located in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

The MMIC is a unique facility to enable new and disruptive pharmaceutical manufacturing technologies to be proven at scale in a GMP-capable environment. This will speed next-generation process adoption with reduced risk, cost and time, and provide a unique environment for the training of personnel in the techniques of future manufacturing processes.

Prior to this Dave worked for GSK, joining in 1992 as a PhD Chemist from Glasgow University. He has over 20 years’ experience with the company carrying out a number of Technical, Compliance and Manufacturing leadership roles, before becoming VP Head of GMS Strategy in 2017, with responsibility for manufacturing strategy, deployment of strategic programmes, performance management and advocacy.

He plays an active role with a number of Governments and is currently co-chair of the Life Sciences Scotland Industry Leadership Group.

Dave is married with 4 children and lives in Ayrshire. He enjoys all sports, particularly football, is a keen reader of Scottish history and cooks to relax.

Mark Warne

Chief Executive Officer


Mark Warne was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of DeepMatter Group plc on the 2 July 2018. Mark, who joined DeepMatter as a Non-Executive Director in September 2015 also served as its Executive Chairman between April 2017 and July 2018. Mark is widely recognised in the UK and International life sciences sector, having spent almost 10 years at IP Group Plc, a leading intellectual property commercialisation company, where he led the Healthcare team. He managed a portfolio of £330m of net assets in 2016/2017 and represented IP Group on the boards of both listed and private companies. In 2018, concurrent with the integration of Touchstone Innovations into IP Group, Mark became a Partner in the Life Sciences division. He joined IP Group from pre-clinical drug discovery CRO, Exelgen, where he was Managing Director. Mark spent eight years at Exelgen (formerly Tripos Discovery Research) where he also held positions in licensing and strategic affairs, project management and research. He has a PhD in Computational Chemistry, an MSc in Colloid Science and a BSc in Chemistry, all from the University of Bristol. Mark is a Chartered Chemist and member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Open Orphan plc and Ixico plc.


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