Meet The Team
Andrew Cowen – Group Chairman
Dr Kevin Ward – Director of R&D
Kevin joined Biopharma in March 2000. A graduate in Applied Chemistry, Kevin received his Ph.D. for investigations into the freeze-drying of pharmaceutical formulations and drug/vaccine delivery systems. Prior to joining the team, Kevin worked at Pfizer Central Research and as a Research Fellow in vaccine development at Aston University. Kevin lectures on freeze drying extensively, as part of our freeze drying training courses and as a regular on the conference circuit, has been an industrial supervisor to two PhD students, and is a member of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Parenterals Group.
Dr Edmond Ekenlebie – Senior Scientist
Edmond joined Biopharma in 2014 after a PhD from Aston University in Birmingham, UK. His PhD focused on the optimisation of the bulk freeze drying process and the implications of powder rheology using methods including the novel use of Micro X-ray tomography. He also holds an MSc in Pharmaceutical Science with Management Studies (Distinction) from Kingston University in London.
A Pharmacist since 2006, Edmond previously held managerial roles as both Locum and Superintendent Pharmacist alongside running a successful business in nutriceuticals.
Dr Ekenlebie currently offers his expertise in consultancy to our worldwide clientele base and remains heavily involved in research work. His current research collaboration is focused on recombinant vaccine formulation development to break the cold chain. He is extremely passionate about freeze drying and maintains an interest in intellectual property across the freeze drying patent landscape.
David Banks – R&D and Laboratory Manager
David rejoined Biopharma in 2013 as Senior Scientist having worked as a co-ordinator in the National Health Service and gaining experience working in a variety of analytical laboratories; David was promoted to R&D and Laboratory Manager in January 2016.
Previously, David worked for Biopharma for four years from 2002 to 2006, having studied for a BSc in Neuroscience at the University of Manchester. During this original period with the company, he built up significant experience in the freeze-drying industry, providing analytical research, consultancy and cycle development for customers worldwide. He has also travelled extensively providing installation and training for Biopharma’s bespoke analytical equipment.
As R&D and Laboratory Manager, David oversees the smoothly running of the lab and acts as lead consultant and Project Manager on many of our larger customer projects.
Magdalena Witek – Research Scientist & Quality Co-Ordinator
Magdalena joined BTL in January 2014 after working for several years in an environmental chemistry laboratory. She has a Masters degree in Biology with a specialisation in Microbiology from Jan Kochanowski University in Poland. During her studies, she conducted a research project for the City Council of Kielce on microbiological air pollution.
Magdalena is responsible for analysing samples, the subsequent data interpretation, and report writing. Magdalena also implements Quality Assurance for the lab to maintain the ISO 9001 quality system and day-to-day running of the laboratory.
Richard Lobo – Instrument Research & Engineering Assistant
Richard joined Biopharma in April 2016 after completing a MEng in Materials Science from Trinity College, Oxford University. He gained experience with thermal evaporation, corona discharge and capacitance-voltage analysis during his dissertation on silicon solar cells. He also previously completed a 3 month project researching novel oxygen sensors at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan.
Richard is tasked with researching and developing new instruments and improving, validating and installing current instruments. This includes design engineering, prototyping, and arranging for manufacture.
Chelsea Gemmell – Research Assistant
Chelsea joined Biopharma in November 2016, having worked in a Russell Group University as a Laboratory Technician for Life Sciences. Previously she worked in an environmental chemistry laboratory, after graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology at Reading University.
Chelsea is responsible for the day-to-day laboratory housekeeping duties, the calibration/validation of our laboratory equipment, customer analysis, data interpretation and writing customer reports.
Commercial & Sales Team
Roberto Castangia – Global Sales Manager
Roberto joined Biopharma in April 2016 as Global Sales Manager with a focus on the Consultancy and Analytical Instruments divisions having previously worked at Shimadzu Corporation as Global Sales Manager in the analytical instrument division, providing worldwide support in R&D, Business Development and Marketing.
He graduated in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology in Italy investigating novel approaches in the synthesis of natural molecules with biological activity, then worked extensively in drug formulation and delivery in both CNRS (France) and Max Planck Institute (Germany) designing new drug carriers. These studies were followed by his PhD in Chemical Biology at The University Manchester and a post-doc at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB). The main focus of this research involved biocatalysis and the use of green chemistry for drug discovery and drug delivery.
Nicholas White – Technical Consultancy Manager
Nick joined Biopharma in 2011 as a research scientist, after working for several years in environmental chemical analysis. He has an MChem in chemistry from the University of Bath, where he studied a wide range of chemistry disciplines and conducted two research projects in physical chemistry. He has significant experience of laboratory work and quality control in a highly regulated environment.
Nick is responsible for providing scientific input into the quoting process, liaising with potential customers to discuss their needs and ensuring that the quote is tailored to their specific requirements. He also manages the handover of accepted quotes from the commercial team to the scientist responsible for conducting the project, through to project completion.
Thomas Codd – Analytical Instrument Specialist & Sales Executive
Tom joined Biopharma Technology in 2013 after graduating from The Manchester Metropolitan University with a MChem in Chemistry. During his time at University Tom gained experience in a variety of spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques both in industrial placements in the food industry and in two research projects in forensic and environmental chemistry.
Tom has gained experience analysing a wide range of materials both pre and post-freeze drying, interpreting and reporting of results to clients. He has worked extensively with PCR products and diagnostics performing formulation and cycle development. Tom works closely with clients, building the instruments which best fit their requirements before validating and installing them at client sites around the world providing on-site support and training.
Sally Potentier – Business Development & Courses Executive
Sally has extensive Sales and Business Development experience in North America and Europe spanning a period of 20 years. The majority of this time has been spent working within the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
In addition to her Sales and Business Development roles, Sally’s background includes a vast experience in meeting and event organisation within the pharma/ medical community. Biopharma are pleased to be able to place our training courses and business growth in such capable hands.
Charles ‘Chuck’ Hauswald – US Sales Manager
Chuck joined Biopharma in June 2016 as the US Sales Manager. A graduate in Biochemistry, Chuck received his M.S for investigations into the stabilization of enzymes and proteins isolated from bacterium.
Prior to joining the team, Chuck served as client manager for Cobalt Bio-Development for biomarker assay development and GLP preclinical service activities including toxicology, early ADME, drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics (DMPK) and bioanalysis. Chuck has held roles as Study Director, Lab. Manager, and Contract/Project Manager for several pharmaceutical companies focusing on drug development, diagnostics, and medical devices; he has also held client account and marketing management positions at numerous CROs providing regulated chemical laboratory services and consultancy to pharmaceutical, biotech and agrochemical companies.
Chuck is a member of American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX), American Chemical Society (ACS) and International Society of Lyophilization-Freeze Drying (ISL-FD).