The Biomedical Scientist Live
is back for 2021!


About The Biomedical Scientist Live

The Biomedical Scientist Live is back!

The virtual event, brought to you by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), was delivered over two-days in Autumn of 2021.

The Biomedical Scientist Live 2021 featured a packed line up of knowledge sharing sessions, including seminars, presentations, discussions and demonstrations.

With COVID-19 now being at the forefront of the biomedical profession and with the industry continuing to be in the spotlight, biomedical scientists have been required to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic. The Biomedical Scientist Live again presented learnings from the pandemic, share latest research across a range of specialisms, and showcase cutting-edge technologies.

The Biomedical Scientist Live event is free to access for IBMS members, If you are a non-member the fee to access the event is £150 + vat.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about this event

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The programme will be announced very soon. Please note that all sessions and timings are subject to change.  

  • 16:00-16:03: Introduction and welcome to The Biomedical Scientist Live 2021 from Chief Executive of IBMS

  • 16:03-16:26: Session 1 – Building a Brighter Future, while Making the Present Count
    Speakers: Claire Hill & Neil Bentley
    Synopsis: Established for over 70 years, Medical Wire (MWE) began as a family run manufacturer of medical devices in the UK. Today, we have grown into a global enterprise supporting organisations and governments worldwide in industries including food, forensics, clinical, pharmaceutical, laboratories, and even veterinary. Our global presence in over 80+ countries has meant that we have had the opportunity to invest in our people, equipment, and the business.

    In our presentation you will not just hear our story, but also get a better understanding of how the industry has changed over the last two years. We will also discuss the provision of medical devices and what that would look like in the future.

  • 16:26-16:45: Session 2 – Evolving role of the laboratory scientist within the clinical haematology environment
    Speaker: Tracey Smith-Straney, Principal Clinical scientist Haematology at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Synopsis: I began my career in laboratories as an MLA in 1988, am now a principal clinical scientist predominantly working in haemato-oncology. My role has evolved from undertaking testing and ensuring ISO compliance within the laboratory environment to seeing patients and requesting those lab tests along with performing and reporting bone marrow biopsies. But how did I get here…?

  • 16:46-16:50: Break

  • 16:50-17:05: Session 3 Changing product regulation in UK pathology labs
    Speaker: Stephen Lee, Director, Diagnostics Regulation
    Synopsis: Regulation aimed at ensuring the safety and performance of the products that are used in pathology is set for some major changes over the next few years and is already having an impact. In this presentation, Steve Lee from the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) will outline what these changes are, what impact they will have and what you need to do to stay informed.

  • 17:05-17:25: Session 4 – Multi-layered prevention: the future of infection control
    Speaker: Helene-Mari van der Westhuizen, Doctoral Researcher at University of Oxford
    Synopsis: Infection control used to be the domain of specialist health workers. Covid-19 has shaken this up. How can we mould our current pandemic response into future pandemic preparedness? In this session, Helene-Mari van der Westhuizen will argue that we should take an interdisciplinary approach to infection control, aiming to make shared air safer.

  • 17:25-17:30: Break

  • 17:30-18:00: Session 5 – COVID 19: A report from Malaysia and Singapore (One year on)
    Anthony Rhodes & Chooi Ling Lim
    Synopsis: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected most of the World’s populations. In this session IBMS fellow, Prof Anthony Rhodes and his colleague Dr Chooi Ling Lim, provide an update on the situation in Malaysia and Singapore one year on from their report in the ‘Biomedical Scientist’ May 2020.
  • 16:00-16:20: Session 1 – Successful Mentoring
    Steven Myint, Former National Clinical Lead AMR/Diagnostics at NHS England
    Synopsis: Steven Myint is a medical academic turned businessman and entrepreneur. He’s been a FTSE 100 board level executive and an entrepreneur for over 30 years. For the last two decades he has mentored many people to high levels of success, including two Russell Group professors, 8 CEOs and 12 multi-millionaires amongst many others. In his session, he will talk about the benefits of mentoring and reverse mentoring, types of mentoring and what makes a successful mentor-protege partnership as well as how mentoring can benefit biomedical scientists.

  • 16:20-16:40: Session 2 – Sustainability in Science
    Speaker: Martin Farley, Sustainable Research Manager at King’s College London
    Synopsis: Laboratories are extremely energy intensive, and require immense consumption of consumables (often single-use plastics). Much is being done to mitigate these impacts as green and sustainable lab initiatives grow globally. This session will investigate sustainable science, and the efforts and programmes underway to allow us to reach our environmental goals.

  • 16:40-17:01: Session 3 Launching an Innovative Service
    Speaker: Richard Wardle, Lead Laboratory Manager – Blood Sciences (Automated and Specialist Services) and OPD Phlebotomy Services, Laboratory Medicine, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
    Synopsis: 2020 and the pandemic has forced us all to look at the way we deliver our services and has been a catalyst for innovation, such as the drive-through phlebotomy service at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. I’d like to share a little of our experiences and give some idea of what I think is important in launching an innovative service.

  • 17:01-17:05: Break

  • 17:05-17:40: Session 4 Going Paperless
    Speaker: Leah Riley & Olly Gomme
    Synopsis: Leah Riley and Olly Gomme from the Royal Devon and Exeter Histology Department outline how they took steps to make their department paperless, going through many challenges to reduce paper, waste and water use – changing processes and implementing clever tools to become more sustainable. In this talk they share their ideas and experiences, and tell how they made sustainability a success story by changing behaviour and increasing engagement with green issues.


Please see The Biomedical Scientist Live Speaker line-up below. More speakers will be added soon.

David Wells is Chief Executive and a lifelong member of IBMS. As Head of Pathology at NHS England, David lead NHS England’s testing response to COVID-19, liaising with ministers and senior health leaders as a subject matter expert and provided leadership for all of the 29 Pathology Networks, ensuring deployment of technology, staffing and IT resources into the NHS. He has also worked with senior leaders across the NHS, PHE, Test and Trace and the Department of Health and Social Care to inform strategy and policy to respond to the pandemic.

Session: Building a Brighter Future, while Making the Present Count

Dr (hc) Neil Bentley OBE is a multidisciplined chartered biomedical scientist with 40 years’ experience in delivering clinical and public health diagnostic laboratory services.

Neil commenced his scientific career within the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) as a biomedical scientist and spent 15 years working within the military laboratories around the globe. These ranged from one man field laboratories to large teaching hospital laboratories. He specialised in microbiology and public health and took an interest in providing pathology services in the field.

On leaving the RAMC Neil joined the Public Health Laboratory Service, more recently known as Health Protection Agency and Public health England, where he spent the next 25 years working. He had a number of positions from commencing as a senior biomedical scientist through to deputy director. During his 25 years he led the technical and scientific support for a number of public health outbreaks including the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone and latterly the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. He led the modernisation and transformation agenda for the PHE laboratories, which included automating bacteriology, moving the laboratories into molecular diagnostics, and more recently implementing genomic diagnostic services with PHE and COG UK.

Neil stood back from public sector in 2021 after 40 years’ service to have more time for family and to gain experience within the commercial and research environments within biomedical science. He is currently working on new and novel ways to improve diagnostics throughout the specimen journey from patient to result.

Neil was awarded an Officer of British Empire (OBE) for services to public health by Her Royal Highness in 2016 and was made Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences by Anglia Ruskin University in 2018.

Session: Building a Brighter Future, while Making the Present Count

Claire is the UK Sales Manager at Medical Wire (MWE) and has been with the company for more than 15 years.

She started her career as a Trainee Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer (MLSO) at Dorchester Public Health Laboratory Services (PHLS), qualifying 4 years later with an BSc Hons Degree in Biomedical Science, specialising in Microbiology and Virology. Her career progressed into the commercial sector where she utilised her passion for microbiology and her outgoing and enthusiastic personality to undertake a sales role at Pro-Lab Diagnostics, where she managed the Southwest Territory with great successes throughout her time there.

Several years later Claire relocated to the Northeast of England where she joined the Newcastle Health Protection Agency (HPA), a regional and specialist laboratory, where she gained new laboratory skills working with TB samples, both routine and reference work and also advanced her competencies in molecular techniques, as well as working closely with the infectious disease unit on blood borne virus samples.

Although Claire enjoyed many years at the HPA, her drive and passion for sales, helping customers with microbiology solutions was still an aspiration to her. She returned into the sales field having been approached by Medical Wire and commenced her position there as their Sales executive for UK North, progressing to Clinical Product Manager a few years later and then on to the UK Sales Manager.

During her time at MWE Claire has been key to educating and training end users on the MWE products, where she has successfully developed and delivered bespoke training programmes for numerous hospital Trusts, allowing them effective and efficient transitioning from one product type to another. Through regular visits to several Trusts, Claire is referred to by many as “The Swab Lady”!

With the arrival of challenging and unprecedented times brought about by the Pandemic, Claire ensured communications with customers remained a priority, trying where possible to ensure precious stock was delivered to those in desperate need of products key to the fight against Covid. Every day brought new challenges, but she worked to offer solutions as best she could, while the company worked relentlessly to increase stock levels quickly. While it has been an extremely difficult period for the diagnostic industry, with the investments made by MWE to increase manufacturing capabilities quickly, driven by high demand, Claire is extremely proud to be part of the MWE journey and the future this investment will bring for the organisation.

Session: Evolving role of the laboratory scientist within the clinical haematology I began my career in laboratories as an MLA in 1988, am now a principal clinical scientist predominantly working in haemato-oncology. My role has evolved from undertaking testing and ensuring ISO compliance within the laboratory environment to seeing patients and requesting those lab tests along with performing and reporting bone marrow biopsies. But how did I get here…?
Session: Changing product regulation in UK pathology labs Steve joined ABHI as Director of Diagnostics Regulation in 2020. After completing his degree in Biochemistry and Biology at Aston University, Steve trained as a Biomedical Scientist, working in hospital microbiology before moving to industry to work as company microbiologist. Steve joined MHRA in 1996 when it was still the Medical Devices Agency and when the IVD Directive had yet to be implemented. While at MHRA, Steve worked with manufacturers, Notified Bodies, other Competent Authorities, Trade Associations, standards bodies and government departments. Steve was Chair of the European Commission’s IVD working group when the IVD regulations where being developed. In 2019, Steve was presented with the TOPRA award for regulatory excellence.
Session: Multi-layered prevention: the future of infection control Dr Helene-Mari van der Westhuizen is a medical doctor in South Africa, currently based at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Oxford University researching infection control measures for Tuberculosis and COVID-19. She has contributed to international and national infection control guidelines, including leading the development of a policy brief for the World Health Organisation on social science considerations for public mask wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her research on mask-wearing has been featured by media outlets including BBC breakfast TV, the Washington Post and Nature.

Session: COVID 19: A report from Malaysia and Singapore (One year on)

Session: Successful Mentoring

Professor Steve Myint is a medical academic turned businessman and entrepreneur. He is a former Professor & Chairman of Microbiology & Immunology in Leicester (UK) and Dean of Medicine & Head of the Health Schools at the University of Surrey (UK). He has been a FTSE 100 Board level executive and has been an entrepreneur for over 30 years with 5 successful exits. For the last two decades he has mentored many to high levels of success, whether as a career success or financial reward.

Session: Sustainability in Science

Martin started working as a technician and researcher before moving into sustainable labs at the University of Edinburgh in 2013. He works at King’s College London their Sustainable Research Manager, and also at UCL as their Sustainable Lab Advisor. He manages UCL’s LEAF programme. 

Session: Launching an Innovative Service

Richard Wardle is Lead Laboratory Manager – Blood Sciences (Automated and Specialist Services) Laboratory Medicine, at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. During the pandemic he was behind a new drive-through phlebotomy service and in his session he will talk about implementing innovative ideas.

Session: Going Paperless

Leah Riley is the histology manager at royal Devon and Exeter. Leah is committed to positive changes to reduce their environmental impact. Given all the PPE we are all continuing to use, as a team with Olly Gomme, they are working to offset their carbon footprint.

Session: Going Paperless

Olly Gomme is a medical technical officer and green champion. Olly is committed to positive changes to reduce their environmental impact. Given all the PPE we are all continuing to use, as a team with Leah Riley, they are working to offset their carbon footprint.


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