Confirmed speakers


Speakers who have already confirmed their attendance at the Chemistry and Industrial Biotechnology Showcase 2017 include:


Keynote speakers

Chair: Will Barton - Member of KTN Industry Strategy Board and Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Board, Chairman of Oxford Biotrans

Dr Ruth McKernan CBE - CEO, Innovate UK

Chris Warkup  - CEO, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

Duncan Williamson - Food Policy Manager, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Jo Bray - Deputy Director, Agri-Tech, Bioeconomy and Chemicals, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Stephen Elliott - Chief Executive, Chemical Industries Association

Steve Bates OBE - CEO, BioIndustry Associaiton (BIA)


Opportunities in Medicines

Chair: Steve Bagshaw - CEO FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies and Chair of the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF)

Andy Jones - VP Pharmaceutical Innovation, AstraZeneca and Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MMIP)

Chris Molloy - CEO, Medicines Discovery Catapult

Steve Rees - VP of Discovery Biology, AstraZeneca

Fergal O'Brien - Director of Biologics, Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)


Functional materials for targeted properties

Chair: John Conti Ramsden - Director of the Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC)

David Lussey - CEO Quantum Technology Super Sensors

John Grasmeder - Victrex

Paul Holt - Managing Director, Photocentric

Paul Mines - CEO, Biome Bioplastics


Opportunities for low carbon fuels

Chair: Jeremy Shears - Global Manager, Biodomain, Shell Projects & Technology

Leigh Hudson - Sustainable Aviation

Dr Paul Hilditch - COO, Green Fuels Research

Philip Fjeld - CEO, CNG Fuels

Representative of SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub

Prof Mercedes Maroto-Valer (FRSE, FIChemE, FRSC, FRSA) - Assistant Deputy Principal (Research and Innovation) at Heriot-Watt University


Charging ahead: the future of batteries innovation

Dr Louise Turner - Stereax Technical Director, Ilika

Dr Josef Goding - Product Specialist, Polymer Bionics

Sam Haig - Head of Engineering & Research, Axion Consulting

Dr Ruth Sayers - Faradion


Emerging & enabling technologies - Engineering biology

Dr James Field - CEO & Founder, LabGenius

Dr Orr Yarkoni - CEO & Founder, Colorifix

Dr Ben Reeve -CTO, Customem

Richard Hammond - Technology Director, Cambridge Consultants

Reuben Carr - Head of Chemical Biology, Ingenza


Emerging & enabling technologies - Towards advanced manufacturing capabilities

Prof. Graham Hillier (BMet, PhD, Ceng, FIMMM, FRSA) - Director responsible for Strategy and Futures, Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

Prof Alastair Florence - Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation (CMAC)

Dave Lovett - Managing Director, Perceptive Engineering


EPSRC & BBSRC session: Towards biologically-based manufacturing

Prof. Sabine Flitsch - Chair in Chemical Biology, University of Manchester

Prof. Charles Banks - Emeritus Professor of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton

Prof. Ian Graham (FRS) - Head of Department and Weston Chair of Biochemical Genetics, University of York

Prof Simon McQueen-Mason - Director of Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) and Chair in Materials Biology, University of York


Healthy ageing: Adding life to years

Prof John Mathers - Professor of Human Nutrition and Scientific Director for the Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University

Prof Michael Trenell - Professor of Movement and Metabolism at Newcastle University


Innovation for the growing personal care market

Dr Michelle Rudden - University of York 

Dr Surinder Chahal - CRODA

Dr Naz Bashir - CEO, Algaecytes