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Watch on demand: Virtual Event for the Life Sciences Industry


This event took place on Wednesday 3 March. If you weren’t able to join the live event, you can now view it on demand.

The event provided an opportunity to connect with our colleagues in the life sciences industry and explore the latest developments in the UK clinical research environment. Approximately 55% of the 466 people who registered were from pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostic, medical and digital technology companies, or Contract Research Organisations (CROs).

If you didn’t register prior to the event you can still create an account on the event website (free) and view the recordings at a time that is convenient for you. You can choose which sessions to view by simply using the ‘Watch again’ option in the left hand menu, then click on the session in the programme to access the recording.

The event recordings will be available for one month - until the end of Friday 2 April.

Visit the event website.

Here’s a reminder of programme:

CEO’s introduction:

  • Dr William Van’t Hoff, Chief Executive Officer, NIHR Clinical Research Network

Keynote presentation:

  • Lord Bethell, Innovation Minister - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Innovation, Department of Health and Social Care

Keynote presentation:

  • Sir Mene Pangalos PhD FRSB FMedSci, Executive Vice-President, R&D BioPharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca

Parallel sessions:

The national Patient Recruitment Centres: The story so far

  • Host: Richard Evans, NIHR
  • Dr. Seth Toback, Vice President of Clinical Development at Novavax
  • Carol Howell, Research Director, Enteromed
  • Paul Worsley, Novavax trial participant
  • Jacky Payne, Novavax trial participant

Diversity and inclusion in clinical research

  • Host: Theo Christie, NIHR
  • Professor Lynn Rochester, NIHR
  • Howard Turner, Country Study Manager, Roche
  • Ruby Bhatti, Patient Research Ambassador
  • Marium Zumeer, Patient Research Ambassador

The ‘new normal’ - balancing the rapid evolution of trial design with patient need

  • Host: Gareth Powell, NIHR
  • Trishna Bharadia, Expert Patient Advocate
  • Dr Bryan Deane, New Medicines and Data Policy Director, ABPI
  • Adit Bassi, Young Persons Expert Patient Advocate
  • Shona Fraser, UK Clinical R&D Director, Janssen (Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson)

Panel session: Data and digital. Panacea or hype?

  • Host: Professor Martin Gibson, Business Development and Marketing Clinical Director, NIHR CRN, Clinical Director, Greater Manchester Local Clinical Research Network
  • Jamie Lopez Bernal, Consultant Epidemiologist - Vaccines and Immunisation (COVID-19, Influenza and other respiratory viruses), Public Health England
  • Professor Andrew Morris CBE, Director, Health Data Research UK
  • John Nother, Chief Digital Officer, NIHR Digital Office
  • Piers Mahon, Senior Principal and European Leader, Oncology Evidence Networks, IQVIA

CEO’s reflections

  • Dr William Van’t Hoff, Chief Executive Officer, NIHR Clinical Research Network

If you have any questions about this event please contact