Engaging with Industry


‌Engaging with Industry Conference



12th February 2016

Registration is NOW CLOSED!!!

Welcome to the Newcastle Clinical Research Facilities announcement for the Industry Engagement day on the 12th February 2016. The purpose of the day is to provide a forum for Industry to meet with our staff involved in the delivery of early phase clinical research.

The focus of the day, jointly organised by the NIHR/Wellcome Trust Newcastle Clinical Research Facility (CRF) together with the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre, is to strengthen existing and foster new collaborations.

The day will include keynote talks from some of our Principal Investigators who have established networks to promote early phase research and who have existing close collaborations with Industry. We will hear the views of Industry and the role of the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) in promoting early phase research.

There will be ample opportunity to network with research staff working across a broad range of clinical specialties and across our different research facilities.

We will have a series of workshops focused on specific structures and systems designed to promote a closer working relationship between Academia, Industry and the NHS.

There are a limited number of spaces so we recommend early registration.

The Industry Engagement Day is linked with our partner event to be held on the 11th February 2016, 'Adopting MedTech for Patient Benefit'

We look forward to seeing you In Newcastle.


Professor Mark Walker

Director Newcastle NIHR Clinical Research Facility


09:00 Life Conferencing and Banqueting Reception  

Arrival and Registration


 09:20 - 09:30 Scotswood Suite    

 Welcome, Introduction and Chair

Professor Julia Newton

09:30 - 10:00 Scotswood Suite    

Newcastle: Systems and Structures to Support Early Phase Clinical Research

 Professor Mark Walker

10:00 - 10:30 Scotswood Suite   

Primary Biliary Cirrhosis - a Case Study in Industry/Academic Collaboration

 Professor Dave Jones

10:30 - 11:00 Scotswood Suite    

First in Human towards Registration for Cancer Drugs

 Professor Ruth Plummer

Morning Break (30 Minutes)

Chair (Scotswood suite)

Professor John Simpson

11:30 - 12:00 Scotswood Suite    

AuToDeCRA - a Complex Cellular Intervention

 Professor John Isaacs

12:00 - 12:30 Scotswood Suite    ‌

An Industry View of Working with Academia and the NHS

 Dr Andrew Mortlock

12:30 - 13:00 Scotswood Suite   

Experimental Medicine - a National Perspective

 Mark Samuels

Lunch (1 Hour)

Chair (Scotswood suite)

Professor Fai Ng

14:00 - 14:30 Scotswood Suite    

From Trial Readiness to Therapy Delivery in DMD

 Professor Volker Straub

Introduction to the Workshops

Scotswood Suite

Workshops - Round 1
14:35 - 15:05 Marlborough    ‌ 

 Business and Innovation

 Martin Cox - Head of FMS Enterprise | Mark Birch-Machin - Associate Dean of Business Development
‌14:35 - 15:05 Darwin    ‌

Academic Health Science Network

 Nicola Wesley - Innovation Director, AHSN NENC

Workshops - Round 2
15:05 - 15:35 Darwin    ‌

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

 Christine Younger - KTP Manager - Newcastle University
15:05 - 15:35 Marlborough    ‌

Clinical Trials Unit (CTU)

 Elaine McColl - Director Newcastle CTU

15:35 Scotswood Suite   

Summing Up and Close

 Professor Mark Walker
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Registration is NOW CLOSED!

Conference Delegate Rates

Conference registration is for the FULL day and includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The day will be hosted by Professor Mark Walker who will be happy to answer any queries you may have during the day.

There are LIMITED places so please register early to secure your place.

Delegate Fees £50

For Newcastle University and NUTH Trust staff there will be no charge.



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Centre for Life
Times Square
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne & Wear

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On foot

Life is located in Times Square just off Westmorland Road and Scotswood Road - just a two minute walk from Newcastle Central train and Metro station. We're just on the edge of the city centre (easily walkable in 5 or 10 minutes).

By public transport

Newcastle Central Station has passenger rail connections to all of the UK’s main cities and towns, with trains to London in less than three hours, and Edinburgh in an hour and a half. The Metro light rail system connects Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Take local bus services to Central Station or the Centre for Life bus stop located on Westmorland Road.

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By bike

There are plenty of cycle racks in Times Square for you to lock up your bike. We're also located close to a number of key cycle routes; you can find details of nearby routes via Sustrans.

By car

Sat Nav reference: NE4 7AD

Life is easy to get to by car wherever you're travelling from.

From North/South:

Head east/west along the A1 past Lobley Hill. Merge onto the A184 and head east towards the A6082 (Redheugh Bridge). Slight left at A695/Scotswood Road. Head south toward A695/Plummer Street. Turn left at A695/Railway Street. Entrance to Times Square Car Park is on the right and the Life Science Centre is directly ahead.

When driving through the city centre look out for Centre for Life and/or Times Square Car Park signage to direct you. Times Square Car Park is located two minutes' walk from the Life Science Centre.

Alternatively, avoid the city centre traffic with Newcastle's Park and Ride scheme.

By air

Newcastle International Airport is just six miles from the city centre and Life (15 minutes by car) and has connecting scheduled flights to all major UK airports.


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