Associate Director, Manufacturing Science and Technology department, Medimmune UK Ltd
Dr Downham studied for a bachelor of sciences degree (with honours) in industrial biology at London South Bank Polytechnic (UK) which included a placement with Boehringer Mannheim, now Roche (Germany). He then completed a PhD in biochemical engineering (Birmingham University, UK), a post-doctoral fellowship in bio-molecular sciences (Liverpool John Moores University, UK) and a post-graduate certificate in further/higher education (Bolton Institute, UK).
He joined the biopharmaceutical industry in 1997 and has worked for Protherics (UK), Bavarian Nordic (Germany), Morphosys (Germany) and, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics (Italy). Throughout this time Dr Downham worked on the pre/non-clinical and early clinical development of either vaccine, antibody or enzyme therapies for a number of infectious, hypertension, inflammatory and oncology indications. He became a European Registered Toxicologist (in 2010) and has co-authored 29 publications/abstracts and 3 international patents.
Dr Downham joined the influenza vaccine franchise of AstraZeneca/Medimmune (UK) in February 2013 as an Associate Director and currently heads the Manufacturing Science and Technology department.