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Andrew Cowen - Chairman



Andrew Cowen

Group Chairman

Science team

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.


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.


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

Magdalena Galka

Magdalena Galka – Senior Scientist

Bio available soon


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.


Dr 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.


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.

Diana Salgado - LC 1019

Dr. Diana Salgado – Research Scientist

Bio available soon

Sarannya Chandran - LC 1019

Sarannya Chandran – Research Assistant

Bio available soon

Commercial & Sales Team


Dr. Roberto Castangia – Group Sales Director

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Tim Lewis – Global Sales Manager


Bernadine Gormely – Head of Sales BPS Crowthorne Ireland


Dr Mattia Cassanelli – Technical Manager of Consultancy


Sally Potentier – Business Development & Courses Executive


Charles ‘Chuck’ Hauswald – US Sales Manager

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Clara Ip – Business Development executive – Consultancy

Ian Blackham

Ian Blackham – Business Development executive Instruments

Joshua Robinson – Instrument Sales & Development Executive