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Andrew Cowen - Chairman

 

 


Andrew Cowen

Group Chairman


Science team

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Dr. Kevin Ward

Director of R&D

Kevin joined Biopharma in March 2000, at an early stage of the R&D division. 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, as well as havings been an industrial supervisor to two PhD students.

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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. David worked for Biopharma for four years, having studied for a BSc in Neuroscience at the University of Manchester during when he built up significant experience in the freeze-drying industry, providing analytical research, consultancy and cycle development for customers worldwide.

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Dr. Edmond Ekenlebie

Principal Scientist

Edmond joined the team 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. He is extremely passionate about freeze drying and maintains an interest in intellectual property across the freeze drying patent landscape.

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Dr. Andrew Bright

Senior Scientist

Andrew joined in January 2018 as Senior Scientist after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Bradford. There, he was investigating freeze dried vaccine formulations with the thesis title “Mechanistic Insights into the Stabilisation of Biopharmaceutical Using Glycine Derivatives” and also holds a MChem in Chemistry with Pharmaceutical and Forensic Science. Andrew previously worked for 2 years as a Senior Scientist at Pfizer within liquid formulations specialising in freeze dried formulation design, process development, and scale up.

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Dr. Pranav Bhujbal

Senior Scientist

Pranav joined Biopharma in August 2018 as Senior Scientist. He worked as a formulation development scientist for LMML (UK) which involved dosage form development, technology transfer and scale-up activities. In 2016, he received his PhD in Liposomal Drug Delivery from Aston University. During his PhD, he implemented the QbD approach to develop photosensitive liposomes using Freeze-Drying and several analytical techniques. Over the years, he has acquired in-depth experience in cell culture assays, pre-formulation studies, quality-by-design concept and risk management. He also holds an MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences with Distinction from the University of Greenwich.

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Chelsea Gemmell

Senior Scientist & Quality Co-Ordinator

Chelsea came to 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.

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Magdalena Galka

Senior Scientist

Currently on maternity leave

Sarannya Chandran

Sarannya Chandran

Research Assistant

Sarannya joined Biopharma in September 2019 as a Research Assistant. She holds a Postgraduate certificate in Research Training in Biological Science from the University of Portsmouth as well as a Masters degree in Biotechnology. She has previously worked in an environmental laboratory as a Laboratory Technician. At Biopharma, Sarannya is responsible for assisting Senior Scientists with freeze drying analysis, maintenance of lab supplies and stocks, monthly validation of lab equipment’s, performing analysis and composing customer reports.

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Sam Woodyard

Research Assistant

Sam joined Biopharma Group in July 2020 after having graduated from Reading University with a degree in Biological Sciences. He has previously completed a research project analysing proteins involved in white blood cell aggregation for Reading University.  As the Research Assistant at Biopharma Group, Sam is responsible for day-to-day laboratory housekeeping duties, assisting Senior Scientists with freeze drying analysis, maintenance of lab supplies and stocks and writing customer reports.

Commercial & Sales Team

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Dr. Roberto Castangia

Group Sales Director

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Tim Lewis

Global Sales Manager

Dr Mattia Cassanelli

Dr. Mattia Cassanelli

Technical Manager

Consultancy

Joshua Robinson

Joshua Robinson

Technical Manager

Instruments

Sally Potentier

Sally Potentier

Business Development & Training Courses Executive

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Charles ‘Chuck’ Hauswald

US Sales Manager

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Clara Ip

Business Development Executive

Consultancy

Ian Blackham

Ian Blackham

Business Development Executive

Instruments

Ed Britton

Technical Sales Executive