UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering


Mark Carver to join UCL Biochemical Engineering as Visiting Professor

31 August 2017

Dr Mark Carver is a senior and highly respected figure in the UK bioindustry sector. He has been a strong supporter of the UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering throughput his career in terms of providing advice on our research and educational activities, contributing expert lectures and directly supporting doctoral research programmes. He made a very strong contribution to developing our recently awarded EPSRC Manufacturing Hub in Targeted Healthcare and was the industrial representative on the interview panel.

Mark has had a distinguished career in the biopharmaceutical industry. He was Chief Scientific Officer and Quality Director of Avecia Biologics and subsequently MSD Biologics (2007-2010) establishing one of the UK’s few FDA licensed manufacturing facilities for biologic medicines. He was Senior Vice-President Research, Development and Innovation for Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies from 2011 until his retirement in 2016. Throughout his career Mark he has been heavily involved with the UK Research Councils helping establish and run the BBSRC/EPSRC Bioprocess Research Industry Club. He is currently a member of the BBSRC Strategic Advisory Panel on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy and has recently become Chair of the UK BioIndustry Association Science and Innovation Advisory Committee.

Following Mark’s recent retirement the Department is seeking to develop a strategic relationship with Mark and benefit from his increased input. He has already agreed to Chair the Management Committee of our new EPSRC Manufacturing Hub and will become a member of the Department’s Strategic Advisory Board. He will help mentor junior academic staff in their research bidding activity, e.g. in alignment to industry, and provide careers advice to students within our EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training.

How important is innovation to a university?

Dr Mark Carver features in this short film about innovation and enterprise at The Department of Biochemical Engineering with interviews taken at the launch of The Future Targeted Healthcare Manufacturing Hub in June 2017

"UCL has long been recognised as an international leader in Biochemical Engineering. It has a critical part to play in the further development of the Manufacturing Science and Engineering research base needed to enable the exciting new drugs, vaccines, and cellular therapies in global development, many of which are complex and difficult to make, to be brought to patients rapidly, efficaciously and cost effectively.

It is an honour and ones that gives me great pleasure to join the team and to be able to be involved in the continuing development of the tradition of excellence of Biochemical Engineering at UCL"

Mark Carver, August 2017