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PING Conference 2023

in association with EMIG

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Post Brexit and COVID Life Sciences Challenges:
Navigating Stormy Waters

The Life Sciences industry is facing big challenges. The PING Conference 2023, in association with EMIG, will focus on four topical themes.

1
MHRA in transition
2
VPAS / VPAG future
3
Skills shortages
4
Where's the space?

The aim of the Conference will be to help businesses and institutions right across the life sciences ecosystem (from drug discovery and R&D through to finished product manufacture, supply and distribution) to better understand the current industry challenges and likely future landscape – so you can plan ahead and also take away practical insight into possible solutions. 

You will also have plenty of opportunity to network in the majestic location of The Old Palace at Hatfield House. Following the afternoon sessions, enjoy drinks in the beautiful Knot Garden (British summer weather permitting) followed by dinner and entertainment.


Keynote Topics and Speakers

The MHRA is in Transition – What can industry do?

What regulatory shortages and delays are currently being felt with applications to the MHRA, and how can the process be sped up? The MHRA is in Transition. What can industry do to engage?

Dr. Shirley Hopper
Deputy Director, Innovative Medicines, HQA at the MHRA

Dianne Lee
Chair, Hertfordshire LEP Life Sciences Industry Panel; and CEO, DLRC


Can Pharma Continue to Supply Profitably in the UK Under VPAS / VPAG?

Pharma is facing not only increased costs, but also a big squeeze on reimbursement through the VPAS / VPAG scheme, with unbudgeted rebates of nearly 30%. What’s happening now? Is medicine supply being impacted? Why are we here? What’s likely to happen next?

Leslie Galloway
Chair, Ethical Medicines Industry Group

Richard Williams
Principal, RFW Associates


You Just Can’t Get the Staff”... or Can You?

There is a perception of skills shortages, but what are the latest plans from The Home Office to attract the right skills and talent from abroad? What solutions are being made available for businesses’ skills needs by universities and colleges?

Adam Lee
Work Services - Operations Lead, Visa, Status and Information Services, The Home Office

Prof. Darragh Murnane
Professor of Pharmaceutics & Associate Dean for Business and Enterprise, University of Hertfordshire

Dr. Kate Asante
Director of Business Development & Engagement, University of Hertfordshire

Kit Davies
CEO and Principal at SITEC, at the North Hertfordshire College


Where Are the Hidden Gems to Locate?

There’s a narrative about lack of space in life sciences – but is there? If there is, is it the right space? Not all real estate needs are the same – including pharma v digital. Consider R&D or GMP manufacturing, but what about other stages of the journey? What about digital and data needs? What about the surrounding ecosystem? Planning for future needs. What examples of space opportunities are there - in the Golden Triangle such as Hertfordshire and London, but what about beyond the Golden Triangle?

Rob Burborough

Partner, 3PM

Sally Bedwell

Senior BD Manager - Northern Home Counties, Morgan Sindall

Dr. Ivana Poparic

Head of Cluster Development, MedCity

Jane Kennedy
Chief Business Officer, Discovery Park

Miranda Knaggs
Corporate Development Director, Pioneer Group

Dr. Ashley Brewer
CEO, Science Creates Incubators

Prof. Gino Martini
CEO, Precision Health Technologies Accelerator

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PING Conference 2023 Sponsors

Hertfordshire LEP

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership is a business-led, multi-sector partnership focused on accelerating economic growth, job creation and raising workforce skills within the local area. Working in partnership with businesses, government, investors and not-for-profit, the LEP puts people at the heart of growth. With an economy delivering £41.57bn for UK plc annually and home to globally significant sectors including life sciences and the world’s third largest cell and gene cluster, as well as creative industries and advanced manufacturing, the LEP delivers a range of support to power the county’s growth.

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University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire is an institution with enterprise at its core. Our science, medicines and technology cluster of excellence responds to regional and national demands, providing vital access to talent and workforce development solutions alongside growth support utilising our knowledge and innovation expertise. As an institution we prioritise place-based collaborations that deliver benefits to businesses and local communities.

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