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Regenerative Medicine Careers: How to choose and secure your dream career


Wednesday February 26th 2014

Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, B5 4EW


For access to the registration site, please visit this webpage.

The EPSRC-funded Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine is delighted to announce a new event designed for PhD students and early career researchers.

In conjunction with Regener8, a careers awareness event will be held on Wednesday February 26th in Birmingham where attendees will hear from speakers who undertake roles that are of direct relevance to regenerative medicine. Many of our speakers have studied or conducted postdoctoral research in the area of regenerative medicine. Roles covered will include:

  • Industrial business development
  • Industrial research
  • Regulation
  • Technology Transfer
  • Clinical environments
  • Start-up companies
  • Academic fellowships

A CV clinic will be held as part of the event, where attendees will be given feedback by industrial and academic mentors. Advice will be available on how to improve CVs and how to tailor CVs towards specific roles in our industry. CV clinic slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, with early registrations more likely to receive more than one CV mentoring slot (subject to CV mentor availability), so do register early.

An attendance fee of £15 applies. To access the registration site, please visit this webpage.



The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, B5 4EW. The venue is within walking distance of Birmingham New Street railway station – regular trains run from Birmingham International Airport to Birmingham New Street station. Directions to the venue will be sent to all attendees with final joining instructions for the event.

Should you require accommodation, this can be booked directly at the hotel by clicking this link. 



Registration is now open at this webpage. A charge of £15 applies to all attendees. This event is aimed at PhD students and early career postdoctoral researchers. As CV clinic slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, those registering early are more likely to receive more than one CV mentoring slot (subject to CV mentor availability), so do register early.

Note: An alternative Eventbrite registration site is open only to attendees from Loughborough University and an internal transfer of the £15 will then be arranged (this helps us to avoid unnecessary extra charges associated with the credit card payments). Eventbrite registrations are only available for Loughborough University delegates and these will be slotted into the CV clinic registration list as they are received to maintain the first-come-first-served policy. If Loughborough University delegates require a reminder the weblink and the password for the Eventbrite registration site, please email or see Sophie.


Event timings

The event will start at 10am, with registration and networking from 9.30am. The CV clinic will be the final session of the day, closing at 4.30pm. The final version of the agenda may be viewed here.



All speakers for the event are confirmed, their names and organisations are listed below. As their biographies and titles become available, this webpage will be updated.

  • Dr James Lapworth, Senior Licensing & Commercialisation Manager, University of Leicester – ‘Technology Transfer – a career at the interface’
  • Iwan Roberts MRes MEng, Chief Operating Officer and co-founder, Puridify – ‘Researcher to entrepeneur’
  • Dr John Campbell, Associate Director – Research, Development & Innovation, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service – ‘Cellular therapy – from academia to biotech and points in between’
  • Dr Sarrawat Rehman, Research Engineer, JRI Orthopaedics - ‘An industry perspective on translatable regenerative medicine’
  • David Farrar, Science Manager – Biomaterials and Bioskills Laboratory Manager - Biomaterials, Smith & Nephew Research Centre - A career in biomaterials in a large medical device company’
  • Dr Patrick Ginty, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Cell Therapy Catapult – ‘From rigs to regs, my career so far’
  • Dr Rob Thomas, EPSRC Early Career Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University – ‘Applying for a fellowship’
  • Dr Sophie Dale-Black, Head of Business Development and Outreach, EPSRC-funded Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine – How to develop your own brand’
  • Tim Berry, Recruitment Consultant, SRG – ‘Applying for roles advertised by recruitment agencies’
  • Dr Mike Raxworthy, Chief Executive Officer, Neotherix and Operations Director, Regener8

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CV clinic

A strict no-prep-no-entry policy will be in place for the CV clinic session within the event to allow mentors time to consider your CV – this will ensure that the advice you receive is tailored to your experience and to allow the consideration of as many CVs as possible during the CV clinic session. All CVs must be submitted to by Friday February 21st at the very latest. We are receiving commitments from CV mentors all the time. The latest list is shown below. The allocation of CV mentoring slots may be viewed here.


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Should you have a question about this event, please contact or call Dr Sophie Dale-Black on 01509 227649 / 07824 461 444.


About the organisers

The EPSRC-funded Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine provides an integrated platform of fundamental and translational research – a translational ‘go-to’ resource for the regenerative medicine product developer. The EPSRC Centre acts as a national centre, building a virtual centre of excellence for regenerative medicine manufacturing through national outreach activities.

Regener8 enables the translation of research in regenerative medicine into commercial products and clinical benefits. Hosted by the University of Leeds and working collaboratively across university and industry, with over 150 academic members and over 200 industry partners, Regener8 bridges the early stage innovation gap creating commercial value from academic knowledge.

This event is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through outreach grant EP/H028277/1.