Drug Discovery: From Design to Delivery
Thursday 11 September, 5:30 PM 2014 to 9:30 PM 2014
8 Calthorpe Road , Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 1QT (View Map)


Focus of the event

Our events focus on exploring major challenges facing our world including delivery of sustainable healthcare systems including advanced and affordable diagnostics and therapeutics to billions of people living in diverse environments.

Finding useful solutions to such complex issues requires working together in new ways as a collaborative community, and is our goal.

Integration of insights from the computational, life and physical sciences and social and economic spheres is needed and starts with developing mutual understanding and trust.

We welcome anyone interested in learning about and participating in our open forum for defining the nature of global problems and searching for innovative solutions.



Louise Leong is Head of Research & Development at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, and is focussed on maintaining a leading environment for the discovery and development of new innovative medicines, and maximising the industry’s investment in R&D.; She was Science Director of Stem Cells for Safer Medicines, and her experience in other sectors include at the Wellcome Trust, managing the funding of biomedical science and science policy.



Chris Parker will address the challenges and opportunities for theWest Midlands' Academic Health Science Network, which he is Managing Director of. He has worked in the NHS, the Royal Army Medical Corps, and as the Queen’s Honorary Physician. He was awarded the OBE in 1998 and made a CBE in 2009.




Asif Ahmed will speak on "Where Big Pharma fail to go we must prevail", and is the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Health at Aston University,where he leads the development of its healthcare strategy and partnerships. He is a vascular and obstetric biologist.



We welcome your suggestions for additional speakers as well as enquiries about organising or supporting this and future events.


The main event starts at 5:30pm with a canape and drinks reception.

Talks begin at 6pm, and are followed by lively panel discussions.

Dinner and dessert will be served from 8-9:30pm.

Business plan and interview sessions are held in the afternoon.

Present your plan

Obtain feedback on your business idea and explore new partnerships.

Scientists, engineers, students, clinicans, start-ups and SMEs are invited to present their plans for a free private consultation during the afternoon with a panel of legal, business, financial and investment advisors who are experienced in developing commercialisation strategies.

Pro-bono support is available to presenters from firms including FD Solutions, HGF, Quarto Perspective and Wragge & Co. Places are limited, so register below soon to secure your place.


People will gather at 5:30pm for a canape and drinks reception, to view posters and exhibitor stands, and meet colleagues.

Talks begin at 6pm, and are followed by lively panel discussions. Dinner will be served from 8-9:30pm.

The business plan session is being held from 3-5pm.

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