BIA regional focus: Newcastle and the North East

Thursday 10 June 2021

The BIA is delighted to announce a Newcastle and the North East regional event, taking place in virtual format.

The North East is becoming an extremely attractive place to grow innovative life science companies, and room to scale for well-established larger companies. In this event we will be hearing from the full spectrum of these to learn about the latest developments in this part of the UK. This will be followed by a panel discussion in which we discuss why the North East was chosen by these organisations, and what can be done to continue to encourage successes in the region. 

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
             Jen Vanderhoven - National Horizon Centre
             Sam Whitehouse - LightOx
             Paul Found - FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies 

             Discussion will be chaired by Arun Harish (CPI)

16:30   Networking
17:30   Event closes



 Steve Bates OBE
Paul Found

Paul Found

Chief Operating Officer, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies

Arun Harish

Arun Harish

Strategy Director, CPI

Jen Vanderhoven

Jen Vanderhoven

Director, National Horizon Centre

Sam Whitehouse

Sam Whitehouse

CEO, Lightox


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 [email protected] 


Thank you to our Event Supporter

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