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, as well as havings been an industrial supervisor to two PhD students.
Dr. Edmond Ekenlebie – Principal 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 Galka – Senior Scientist
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.
Andrew Bright – Senior Scientist
Andrew joined BTL 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.
Joshua Robinson – Instrument R&D Engineering Assistant
Joshua joined Biopharma in January 2018 as Instrument R&D Engineering Assistant, which will comprise a balance of customer instrument builds / validations / installations and New Product Development (NPD). Joshua completed his degree in Chemistry last summer at the University of Plymouth, where his final year project was in synthetic organic chemistry. Having spent some of his childhood in South Africa and China, he has always been very keen to travel and experience new cultures and places, which will stand him in good stead for some of the customer site visits in far-flung places!
Chelsea Gemmell – Research Scientist & Quality Co-Ordinator
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.
Amy Gaze – Research Assistant
Prior to working at Biopharma she spent a year studying Medicine at the University of Southampton.
Commercial & Sales Team
Dr. Roberto Castangia – Head of Business Development & Innovation
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.
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.
Mattia Cassanelli – International Technical Sales Executive
Mattia joined Biopharma in February 2018 as International Technical Sales Executive working in the Consultancy division, providing support from the characterisation of the material pre- and post- process, to the cycle optimisation and scale-up, production, instrumentation assistance and training courses.
Mattia’s background includes a PhD focussed on drying mechanisms of gels in the food industry from a microstructural point of view at the University of Birmingham. He also gained a Master’s Degree in material engineering, and a Bachelor’s Degree in industrial engineering completed at the University of Trento, Italy.
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).