Bioprocessing Research Industry Club (BRIC)


Steering Group, membership and management

Steering Group and management

The Steering Group includes both industrial and academic experts ensuring high quality, industrially relevant research is funded. They:

  • establish the nature of research to be funded in each funding opportunity
  • assess applications before making recommendations to research councils
  • are involved with the annual and end of grant report reviews for funded projects which provide valuable feedback to researchers in project development and industrial application
  • play a key role in ensuring the Club builds a community, encouraging interaction between industry and research teams at UK universities and institutes
  • provide strategic direction to the researchers within BRIC
  • monitor the progress and outcomes from studentship projects.

Steering Group membership (September 2015)

  • Dr Brendan Fish – GSK (Chair)

Industrial members:

  • Dr Richard Alldread – CPI
  • Dr Crawford Brown – Actavis Biologics
  • Dr Mark Carver – Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies
  • Dr Ray Field – MedImmune
  • Dr Peter Levison – Pall Life Sciences
  • Dr David Humphreys – UCB
  • Dr John Sinden – ReNeuron

Academic members:

  • Professor Catherine Biggs – The University of Sheffield
  • Dr Karen Coopman – Loughborough University
  • Professor Tim Dafforn – University of Birmingham
  • Dr Paul Dalby – UCL
  • Professor Alan Dickson – The University of Manchester

BRIC Programme Manager:

  • Dr Mark Bustard – HealthTech and Medicines KTN

Research councils:

  • Dr Andrew Staphnill – BBSRC
  • Mr Ben Sykes – BBSRC
  • Dr Richard Bailey – EPSRC

The Club is managed by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and research projects are awarded BBSRC grants using peer review processes as fully public funded research. Management is supported by the HealthTech & Medicines KTN, which provides a link to the industry community.

The BRIC external coordinator was appointed to work with the academic community to develop project proposals, monitor progress of funded projects and facilitate networking between the funded research groups and industry (contact details below).

Industry members (June 2014)

  • Avacta plc
  • Cobra Bio
  • CPI
  • Actavis Biologics
  • Fujifilm Diosynth
  • GSK
  • Lonza
  • MedImmune
  • Novozymes
  • Pall Corporation
  • ReNeuron
  • Stem Cell Sciences
  • UCB


External contact

Dr Mark Bustard, BRIC Coordinator

Telephone: 07920 202649


BBSRC contact


Last updated: 12 September 2023

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