Member Event: Visionaries Shaping Tomorrow's World

With Jonathan O'Halloran, Sarah Ellerby and Dr Nichola Conlon

16 April 2024, 17:30 - 19:30

Flok Co-working Space, 20 - 26 Albert Rd, Middlesbrough TS1 1PR

Get ready to meet the visionaries behind some of the region's most exciting innovative businesses and discover what it takes to succeed in emerging markets.

During this member event, we’ll hear from three future-focused entrepreneurs — Jonathan O’Halloran (QuantuMDx), Dr. Nichola Conlon (Nuchido Laboratories) and Sarah Ellerby (Nova Pangaea) — who have all harnessed the power of innovation to address some of the most critical challenges facing humanity today.

From QuantuMDx’s groundbreaking rapid detect healthcare solution to Nuchido’s mission to use cutting edge science to prolong healthy lifespans to Nova Pangaea’s sustainable biofuel technologies, learn more about three remarkable North East businesses who are at the forefront of positive change.

Join us and discover:

  • What makes these three North East businesses visionary
  • The lessons our panellists have learned on the journey from concept to commercialisation
  • The challenges and milestones which have shaped these major North East businesses
  • How to fund innovation and what it takes to win customers in new and emerging sectors
  • The panellists views of the future of science, healthy ageing and the climate


Join us for an evening which celebrates regional innovation and discover how business can be a catalyst for positive change.


About Our Panellists

Jonathan O’Halloran

Jonathan is CEO and co-founder of QuantuMDx Group, a UK-based life sciences company developing transformational point-of-care molecular diagnostics. He is the inventor of QuantuMDx’s proprietary sample preparation, amplification and detection technologies. Jonathan is dedicated to tackling global issues such as antimicrobial resistance and was a diagnostics advisor for the O’Neill Review. He is also part of several UK government-led COVID-19 committees, including the Manufacturing Industry Coalition Working Group and the Molecular PoC Working Group. Jonathan was awarded European CTO of the Year in 2015.


Sarah Ellerby

Sarah Ellerby is the Chief Executive and Director of Nova Pangaea.

She holds over 17 years’ international executive board experience in the energy, natural resources and manufacturing sectors, in North America.

She was an Associate Partner at Hanson Family Holdings (formerly Hanson Plc) for over 12 years and has been involved with a large number of projects focussing on growth, strategy, turnaround, start-up commercialisation, transformation, investment, and M&A.

She previously held Chief Executive roles in the energy, natural resources, healthcare and manufacturing sectors.

Sarah studied leadership & management at The Wharton School of Management at the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA from Bradford University School of Management.


Dr Nichola Conlon

Dr Nichola Conlon is a scientist specialising in cellular ageing . She is the CEO and founder of Nuchido Laboratories, where she is on a mission to democratise science by translating the latest scientific breakthroughs into consumer products that slow cellular aging. Nichola has successfully built Nuchido to be a global ecommerce company and is also an international speaker in the fields of healthy ageing and regenerative medicine.



The small print - Member Events are open to all members and partners of the Forum. Two guest places are available to ‘Ultimate’ and ‘Premium’ members. Please note guests must be from your own company.

If you are a ‘Core’ member and would like to upgrade your membership, or find out more please email or call one of the team on 0191 500 7780.



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