Richard Archer

Senior Industrial Fellow

It is with great sadness that we learned that Richard passed away in October 2016. He was a good friend and supporter of IfM over many years and will be sadly missed.


Richard Archer has been involved with the Department of Engineering for 30 years, primarily in his former role as founder and CEO of The Automation Partnership (now TAP Biosystems), a Royston based manufacturer of large scale automation systems for use in specialist pharma and biotechnology applications. He retired himself in 2004 to carry out a broader range of activities, including closer involvement with the IfM. He has a particular interest in emerging industry topics, most specifically working with a number of academic, industry and government bodies on issues relating to the creation of a viable Regenerative Medicine Industry in the UK.


In 2012 he led a project for The Technology Strategy Board to design and implement the Cell Therapy Catapult, a government-funded, national late stage translational centre resulting from the Hauser Report to BIS of March 2010. This is now operational from Guy’s Hospital in London.  He also chairs the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine, led by Loughborough University, and its related Doctoral Training Centre. He is an external member of the MET course Advisory Board at IfM. Richard is always interested to talk with others and advise on emerging Department and collaborator interests in the life science, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other healthcare related sectors.

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