Conversaziones in Biobusiness

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The inimitable Lucy Foley returns with an amazing conversation set-up with the newly appointed Gavin Clarke. This is one avenue of development in Newcastle University that you sceince types should keep an eye on. Bioprocessing is big business here in the Northeast and one of the biggest employers in the region. so get yourself along on the 25th February

Research Your Future Directions

Conversaziones in Biobusiness Understanding the Biobusiness Sector by meeting current players:

Lucy Foley meets Gavin Clark 12.00-1.30 pm Thursday 25th February, Room 2.20, Research Beehive

You are invited to the first ‘Conversaziones in Biobusiness’ of 2010. The eighth in a series of discussion events will give you the chance to hear of the experiences of key players within the biobusiness sector. Our guests will draw upon examples of their industrial, commercial, personal and academic experiences.

The Conversaziones events are informal and interesting with plenty of opportunity for questions from the audience! Lucy Foley will lead off an informal discussion with Gavin Clark, the recently appointed Industrial Liaison Director for the Newcastle University Biopharmaceutical Bioprocessing Technology Centre (BBTC). Interventions, comments and questions and comments will be invited from the floor. Gavin completed a Ph.D in Microbiology at the University of Surrey before working as a Research Scientist at GSK. Leaving the laboratory behind, Gavin went on to work in various Business Development roles before spinning out Polybatics, a NZ company specialising in biodegradable nano particles used for pharmaceutical drug manufacture. Before joining the BBTC in Newcastle, Gavin worked as the Deputy Director for the Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network .

Discussions this month will include,

*Gavin’s work history and career path to his current role

  • *Gavin’s experiences of spinning out Polybatics from Massey University, NZ in 2005
  • * Projected plans for the BBTC – both regionally and nationally
  • * Opportunities for interactions between NUBS, FMS and the BBTC

Thereafter, the audience will be encouraged to engage in discussion of the points covered, together with other relevant topics connected with their own interests. The session will conclude with a networking opportunity over a light lunch where you will have a chance to talk and mingle with fellow attendees.

Further Conversaziones in Biobusiness are in the planning stages for the coming year. They will feature bioprocess practitioners from large and small companies, together with strategic thinkers and policy interpreters drawn from government, academic and industrial institutions. Suggestions are welcome for future interviewees for this event – volunteer interviewers too!

N.B. In order that we can be sure we have sufficient seating and catering, it would be very helpful if you could let us that you will be attending by e-mailing Lucy Foley ( by 10.00 on 22nd February.


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