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Conference programme

Lab Innovations South played host to a premium conference agenda, with high-profile speakers from world-class companies and institutions. The conference programme had a unique keynote session as well as a wide variety of panel discussions for a morning of discovery, learning and networking.

Take a look below at the speakers and sessions that took place, and click to expand each session to find out what was discussed.

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09:00 - 09:10

Gerald Law, Chief Executive at Innovation DB, will be chairing the virtual conference.


Recent supply chain issues fuelled by a lack of lorry drivers in the wake of Britain leaving the European Union, at the same time as being hit with a global pandemic, has caused radical disruption across the sector. With access to lab consumables, and chemicals manufacturing, and distribution greatly affected by overseas travel restrictions and customs hold-ups, it’s clear that our industries have historically been cost-driven and reliant on cheap labour. Until these issues are resolved, how do we keep supply chains going? Is it time to onshore? Who can compete at such scales and do we have enough skilled people to start? 

This discussion welcomes a panel of experts representing organisations from across the life sciences supply chain, regulators and end users, to discuss the challenges and opportunities currently plaguing the industry. And with suppliers collaborating to set up addition hubs, the panel will shed light on how they’re holding stock and moving local inventory. The panel will also address the impact of Brexit vs. COVID-19.

Including an open forum audience Q&A session, be first in line to ask your question to the panel! 


Steven Trim, BSc CBiol MRSB, Founder, Chief Scientific Officer, Venomtech Ltd

Jiteen Ahmed, Head of Technical Services, University Radiological Safety Advisor, Radiation Protection Supervisor, Aston University; Chair, Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC)

William Bain, Head of Trade Policy, British Chambers of Commerce

Moderated by Harriet Gould, Advertising Executive, Royal Society of Chemistry

10:25 - 10:55

The global pandemic has fundamentally changed both our personal and professional lives.

During this discussion, the panel offer their perspectives on burning questions including: How are life sciences companies redesigning laboratories and other working environments to practice safe social distancing and meet sustainability targets? What impact has working remotely had on employee’s well-being and productivity? Are virtual workspaces and other types of off-site collaborations realistic models to carry into the future? How are these changes driving innovation in the lab to help move operations from stagnant to continuously improving? ​


Dr. Natalie Homer, Senior Research Fellow, Mass Spectrometry Core, Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility, Queen’s Medical Research Institute

James Redman, Senior Laboratory Supervisor, Illumina

 Moderated by Gerald Law Transition Director, AstraZeneca

11:00 - 11:45

This panel welcomes sustainability enthusiasts from some of the most prestigious Universities in the Golden Triangle, who are embracing the challenge and blazing the trail in their attempts to make their laboratories more sustainable. We also hear from sustainability leaders from large pharma labs to share how they are addressing these issues on a larger scale.

Including a showcase and review of the latest in innovative packaging, recycling, and energy efficiency, expect a lively debate which will address topics such as how to find a balance between energy efficiency and the need for fresh air circulation, to the importance of innovating and how to create new solutions, protocols, and products which can enact change.


Anna Lewis, Sustainable Science Manager, University of Bristol

Martin Howes, Assistant Carbon Manager, The Sustainability Team, Estates Division, University of Cambridge

Matthew Bennett, Laboratory Coordinator, University of East Anglia 

Moderated by Andy Evans, Director, Green Light Laboratories

11:45 - 12:00

Gerald Law, Chief Executive at Innovation DB, will round the conference off after a morning of debate and discussion.



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The new dedicated virtual conference for Laboratory professionals working within the life sciences sector in the golden triangle.

Taking place 21 April 2022!

Online | 9:00 – 12:30 BST