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NIHR Clinical Research Network Life Science Industry Event


06 October 2021


All day event


De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, 61 - 65 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DA

9:30 - 10:15 Registration and networking

Refreshments provided

10:15 - 10:20 Chair's Welcome

Divya Chadha Manek
NIHR CRN Business Development and Marketing Director

10:20 - 10:35 Introduction to the day

Dr William van't Hoff
CEO of NIHR Clinical Research Network

10:35 - 11:05 Keynote presentation one

Professor Lucy Chappell
Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care and CEO of NIHR

11:05 - 11:35 Keynote presentation two

Ben Osborn
UK Country Manager, Pfizer and President of ABPI

11:35 - 12:00 Keynote presentation: Find, Recruit and Follow-up: Unleashing the potential of data-enabled clinical research in the UK

Claire Bloomfield
Deputy Director, Centre for Improving Data Collaboration, NHSX

12:00 Morning Session Close

12:00 - 13:00 Networking lunch

13:00 - 14:00 Parallel sessions

Four to choose from:

The Study Support Service 2021 and next steps for the National Contract Value Review process

  • Laura Bousfield, Head of Feasibility and Start-Up, NIHR Clinical Research Network
  • Natalie Wilson, Business Development Manager, NIHR Clinical Research Network
  • James Hughes, Research Senior Manager (Excess Treatment Costs and National Contract Value Review), NHS England and NHS Improvement 
  • HRA- tbc

Primary Care: Why place a study in this setting?

  • Dr Karen Matthews, Business Development Manager, NIHR Clinical Research Network
  • Yasmin Baker, Community Research Champion
  • Shona Fraser, Clinical R&D Director, Global Clinical Operations, Janssen
  • Dr Phil Evans, National Specialty Lead for Primary Care, NIHR Clinical Research Network
  • Dr Nick Thomas, Clinical Research Lead for RCGP
  • Dr Simon Royal, Industry Lead for Primary Care, NIHR Clinical Research Network

Better healthcare through more inclusive research

  • Theo Christie, Business Development Manager, NIHR Clinical Research Network
  • Gary Nestor, Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead, NIHR Clinical Research Network
  • Hannah Simonds, Senior Manager, Patient Recruitment and Engagement, Labcorp Clinical Development Limited
  • Rizwan Rehman, Community Research Champion

Patient Recruitment Centres (PRCs) one year on: Why companies need to think differently

  • Richard Evans, Patient Recruitment Centre Progamme Manager, NIHR Clinical Research Network
  • Dr Rebecca Clark, GP and Clinical Investigator, Layton Medical Centre, Blackpool, and Fylde Coast Clinical Research
  • LeighBoxall,Strategic Site Solutions Manager, IQVIA
  • Representatives from all five Patient Recruitment Centres

14:00 - 14:15 Coffee break

14.15 - 15.15 Panel Discussion: Improving the UK research ecosystem


  • Dame Kate Bingham, Managing Partner, SV Health Investors LLP
  • Clare Grace, Chief Patient Officer, Parexel International
  • Dr June Raine, CEO, MHRA
  • Matthew Whitty, Director at NHS England and NHS Improvement and CEO of the Accelerated Access Collaborative
  • Professor Dinesh Saralaya, Consultant Respiratory Physician and Associate Director of Research at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and Clinical Director or Patient Recruitment Centre: Bradford

15:15 - 15:30 Conference Close


15:30 - 17:00 Networking drinks reception

Sponsored by Medcity and the Northern Health Science Alliance

Free to attend

The event is free to attend, however, if you register and are then unable to attend and have not cancelled your attendance by Wednesday 22 September 2021, you will be charged the published day delegate rate of £99. If the event is disrupted or rescheduled due to COVID-19 please be assured that no charges will apply.

How to register

For this in-person event we have implemented a two-step registration process to verify people’s identity and role in the sector before we enable registration. This is to ensure we have a genuine life sciences industry R&D audience (as opposed to suppliers and solution providers). Therefore, if you are interested in attending please complete this pre-registration form in the first instance. Our event team will verify who you are, using the information you provide, and respond within five working days.