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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Dr Hussain Mulla

Dr Hussain Mulla

Head of Clinical Development

Dr Hussain Mulla is Head of Clinical Development at Nova Labs Ltd.
He splits his time between Nova and a local University Hospital where is employed as researcher in clinical pharmacology and a practicing clinical pharmacist.

At Nova, he leads the clinical development of new products and works closely with the formulation team.
He is responsible for all regulatory activities, as well as medical and pharmaceutical enquiries, related to Xaluprine/Purixan/ALLMERCAP

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Janet Box

Janet Box

Head of Quality Assurance

Janet Box holds the position of Head of QA at Nova Laboratories Limited, having joined the company in 2016, from DHL Life Sciences.  Janet has over 20 years’ experience in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance obtained in Contract Manufacturing organisations working with both commercial and investigational medicinal products.  Janet currently holds the following qualifications and professional memberships:

• PGDip Industrial Pharmaceutical Studies
• BSc (Hons) Environmental Chemistry
• MRSC

Janet’s responsibilities include:

• Management of the Quality Assurance team and Contract QP's
• Continuous improvement
• Ensuring Nova remain up to date with current GXP requirements
• Hosting Regulatory audits
• Staff training and development

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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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Karen Cole

Karen Cole

Group Sales and Marketing Manager

Karen has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 20 years and has been involved in helping launch a number of products within the Haematology/Oncology area, working closely with Cancer Network teams. Karen has also been instrumental in helping promote products within Urology, Neurology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology & Women’s Health. Karen joined Nova in October 2012 and is responsible for the sales and marketing of their unlicensed ‘specials’ and licensed product portfolio both in the UK and Globally

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