Spring has sprung in the UK Life Science Sector!

I left on a plane bound to Manchester Airport from a very wintry morning in Sweden and arrived in beautiful spring weather in the north west of England.

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Dr Jon Sutch at Patheon

Last Tuesday I attended Patheon’s event at the Oxford Science Park which I went to last year and it was great to see more numbers of delegates attending this year.

I was representing Boyd Consultants and it was lovely to be able to network with people from the life science sector in the UK.

The event was about early development in drug development and to help organisations with quality, resources and costs when it comes to choosing a contract manufacturing organisation.

Patheon are also very keen on having open dialogues with their clients as they want to ensure their projects are fit for purpose.

They are having some great advances in disposable technology, which they can now save time through scheduled down time as they do not have to do such lengthy sterilisation processes.

Tony Pidgeon Senior Manager, Global Science and Technology at Patheon provided a good take away message for early phase development, which was to understand what do you want from a clinical study? and also to “keep it simple”  as quick and dirty manufacturing can lead to problems going forward with the next phase in your drug development.

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Bryan Hurst at BioWales

Then last Thursday, Bryan Hurst and I attended BioWales in the beautiful Millennium Centre Cardiff which was hosted by the Welsh Government.

This is their 12th year of holding the event and one of the speakers was Sir Christopher Evans, who has been a key player within the Welsh Life Science Investment Fund who has now started the process of securing match funding.

There were over 600 delegates who attended the 2 day event, 32 exhibitors which also included ourselves Boyd Consultants exhibition stand, where we really enjoyed meeting lots of new people to include in our network.

There were over 600 delegates who attended the 2 day event, 32 exhibitors which also included ourselves Boyd Consultants exhibition stand, where we really enjoyed meeting lots of new people to include in our network.

Gala dinner hosted by Renishaw
Gala dinner hosted by Renishaw

After the first day we attended the BioWales Gala Dinner where there was some fabulous welsh food and this was kindly sponsored by Renishaw, this was set on the stage of the Welsh National Opera, along with entertainment from Ricky Martin the winner of the 2012 Apprentice and also Rebecca Afonwy Jones the welsh opera singer.

I thoroughly enjoyed our time in Wales, learning more about the market and breathing in the welsh sea air, along with a lot of hard work and talking, plus hope to attend next year as well.