Solutions in Science 2023 - Plenary Speakers

Steve Conlan is Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, Swansea University Medical School, with over 25 years of experience in biomedical research and higher education. He is also Chief Scientific Officer at Continuum Life Sciences, a UK biotechnology company dedicated to finding a cure for cancer through research into Long Term cancer survivors.

Steve is involved in the leadership of several organisations; Chair of the Board of Trustees of the British Society of Nanomedicine, and Co-Vice Chair of the European Technology Platform – Nanomedicine. He is on the programme board, and is research and innovation lead, for two national precision medicine initiatives: Advanced Therapies Wales and Genome Partnerships Wales, and is a Wales Cancer Research Centre executive group member, and partnerships lead.

Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and works closely with businesses, healthcare providers and research organisations in the UK and internationally to drive forward translational biomedical research. His university research focuses on the development of advanced therapeutics; Antibody Drug Conjugates, exosomes, and nanoparticle deliver systems, and understanding disease processes involving transcription and epigenomics.

Steve Conlan

A highly motivated leader with broad experience in the early and late development environments of the pharmaceutical industry. Over twenty years experience as an analytical chemist within the industry - leading analytical technology development, rapid analytical synthetic chemistry enabling support, early clinical phase project management and late stage formulation support. Exceptional networks with academic and industrial collaborators in the field of analytical chemistry.

Specialties: Extensive practical and theoretical knowledge of separation techniques (principally LC, CE, SFC) and related hyphenated techniques (LC/MS, CE/MS), chiral separations, drug product sample preparation, chromatographic column technology and selectivity, method development and validation, green analytical chemistry, software development, team leadership, continuous improvement, networking and conference organisation.

Paul Ferguson

Dr. Saer Samanipour is assistant professor of Analytical Chemistry at Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Science (HIMS), University of Amsterdam. Additionally, he is an honorary senior fellow at The Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS) of the University of Queensland, Australia (UQ). Prior, he was a research scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) working on application of non-target screening in environmental sciences.

Samanipour’s research focuses on the development of information extraction tools for spectrometric detection technology for particularly in the environmental application domain.

Saer Samanipour

Francisco Pena-Pereira is Associate Professor at Department of Analytical and Food Chemistry, University of Vigo, Spain. His research interests include the application of miniaturized sample preparation techniques toward greener analytical methods, the design of paper-based microfluidic devices for on-site analysis with portable optical readout systems, as well as the assessment of chemical systems by metric tools. He has authored 75 papers (47% first decile), yielding an H-index of 33. He has been included in the Ranking of Stanford University among the 2% most cited researchers in the world (2019-20, career long impact; 2018-20, single year impact).

Francisco Pena-Pereira