Key People

Dr Peter White
Managing Director

Dr Peter White holds the joint roles of both Managing and Technical Director of Nova Laboratories Limited, a company he founded in 1994. Peter has 45 years’ experience in Academic, Community, Hospital and Industrial Pharmacy, and holds the following qualifications and professional memberships:

  • BSc (Pharmacy)
  • PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology
  • MRPharmS
  • MSEE
  • Qualified Person (as defined in EC Directive)

Peter’s main technical responsibilities include:

  • Facilities & Equipment Design, Development and Construction
  • Validation approval
  • Liaison with major industrial customers
  • Introduction of new manufacturing processes & equipment
Simon Phillips

Simon Phillips

Head of Sterile Manufacturing

Simon Phillips holds the position of Head of Sterile Manufacturing at Nova Laboratories Limited, having joined the company in 2011, from GlaxoSmithKline. Simon has over 10 years experience in API development and manufacture, as a Pilot Plant Manager in the pharmaceutical industry. Simon also has over 10 years experience in the Fine Chemical industry and currently holds the following qualifications and professional memberships:

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Chemistry
  • CCHEM
  • MRSC

Simon’s responsibilities include:

  • Management of clinical and commercial sterile product manufacture
  • Management of aseptic ‘Specials’ manufacture
  • Project management
  • Customer liaison
  • Staff training and development
  • Continuous improvement

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Dr Mike Edge

Dr Mike Edge

Head of Non-sterile Manufacturing

Dr Mike Edge holds the position of Head of Non-Sterile Manufacturing at Nova Laboratories Limited, having joined the company in 2012, from 3M Healthcare. Mike has over 20 years’ experience in both Community and Industrial Pharmacy. Previous roles have included the management of clinical trials, product development, and project management. He holds the following qualifications and professional memberships:

  • BSc (Pharmacy)
  • PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology
  • MRPharmS
  • Registered with GPhC

Mike’s responsibilities include:

  • Management of clinical and commercial product manufacture
  • Management of non-sterile ‘Specials’ compounding unit
  • Project management
  • Licenced product development
  • Customer liaison
  • Staff training and development
  • Continuous improvement

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David Edgar

David Edgar

Head of Bone Cement Manufacturing

David Edgar holds the position of Head of Bone Cement Manufacturing, having joined the Company in 2013, from Boots Manufacturing. David has over 20 years industrial experience working in both quality and operational management roles. This experience includes industrial chemical, food, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. David has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Chemistry.

David’s responsibilities include:

  • Management of the Bone Cement Business Unit
  • Delivery of the Operational Plan
  • Customer Liaison
  • Staff training and development
  • Continuous Improvement

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Richard Limb

Richard Limb

Head of Quality Assurance

Richard Limb is Head of Quality Assurance, having joined Nova this year from Pfizer where he was Head of Quality for the Aseptic Services division. Richard has over 20 years’ experience in the Healthcare industry gained in various development and quality based roles across Aseptic Processing, Sterile Manufacture, Contract Development and Manufacture and Specials. In Richard’s most recent role, he was responsible for the design, build, commissioning and licensing of a bespoke Aseptic facility and Quality System. Richard also has extensive experience of hosting regulatory and customer audits and customer liaison roles.  

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Dr Grant Kelly

Dr Grant Kelly

Head of Analytical Services

Dr Grant Kelly holds the position of Head of Analytical Services at Nova Laboratories Limited, having joined the company in 2009, from Exova. Grant has over 20 years of experience in analytical chemistry within the pharmaceutical industry, obtained in R&D and contract testing environments, and holds the following qualification:

  • BSc (Hons) Analytical Chemistry
  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry

Grant’s responsibilities include:

  • Management of analytical chemistry and microbiology functions supporting raw material, in-process and release testing
  • Analytical method development and validation activities
  • Design and implementation of stability studies
  • Customer liaison
  • Staff training and development
  • Continuous improvement

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Dr Sam de Costa

Dr Sam de Costa

Stabilization Projects Manager

Dr Sam de. Costa holds the position of Stabilization Projects Manager at Nova Laboratories Limited, having joined the company in 2009, from Cambridge Biostability Ltd. Sam has considerable experience in sugar-glass stabilization of pharmaceuticals and holds the following qualification:

  • BSc (Hons)
  • MRes
  • PhD in Biochemistry

Sam’s responsibilities include:

  • Designing and performing proof of concept stabilization studies
  • Optimizing stabilization formulations and processes
  • Technology transfer of stabilization processes to GMP manufacturing
  • Advising on scale-up of GMP manufacturing activities

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Roger Staniforth

Roger Staniforth

Head of Group Finance

Roger Staniforth BA (Hons), ACMA holds the position of Head of Group Finance at Nova Laboratories Ltd, having joined the company this year. Roger has over 20 years’ experience in senior finance and managerial roles in both large and medium sized companies.

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