Open Pharma Research helps to foster collaboration in bioscience research by providing a platform for information exchange, networking and the spread of best practice. Through case study interviews, webinars and conferences we provide the industry with a focal point to share information, find solutions and drive innovation in life science research.

In the post-blockbuster era of distributed scientific research, digitisation and automation; disruptive thinking is necessary to push advances in the lab to the patient with speed and efficiency.

At Open Pharma Research, we believe that the successful collaboration between the biopharmaceutical industry, public health bodies, biotech companies, service providers and regulators is crucial to the success in the next era of R&D innovation in healthcare.

The Team

Luke Gibson

Founding Director

Luke has over 20 years experience researching business trends across a variety of industries. Before joining the Open Pharma Research start-up team, he served on the Executive Committee of FTSE250 company; Euromoney Institutional Investor plc, where he was responsible for a division running over 100 business conferences around the world. Business units included Metal Bulletin Events, Euromoney Seminars, Airfinance Conferences, Trade Finance Conferences, Global Grain and Coaltrans Conferences. Previously he was Divisional Managing Director; Finance at Informa PLC. Luke holds a law degree from University College London and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1993.

Zahid Tharia

Founding Director

Zahid has a Bachelor Degree in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Essex and a Masters in Biochemical Immunology. He has over 20 years’ experience in business information and media for the Life Sciences industry. Prior to Open Pharma Research, Zahid was MD of Health Network Communications, a business he founded in 2006. Health Network rapidly grew into a market leading and award winning international Life Science events company with a portfolio of large scale events in Europe and the US. Previously, he ran Informa’s international life sciences business.

Kirianne Marshall

Founding Director

Kirianne has led commercial teams working in the Life Sciences field for over fifteen years; holding senior management positions at Informa, IIR Life Sciences and IBC Global Conferences. Starting with the client’s individual business needs, she creates innovative sponsorship solutions developed around thought leadership, stand-out branding and quality lead generation. Kirianne has a proven track record collaborating with market leading companies to achieve the right impact at events such as Partnerships in Clinical Trials, BioProcess International and the Festival of Genomics. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

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