Dr Liz Breen
Dr Liz Breen is the Director of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone and Reader in Health Service Operations at the University of Bradford. The Digital Health Enterprise Zone hosted the Phase 3 trials of the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine (2020/21) and Covid-19 vaccine booster trial and houses state-of-the-art health facilities, business incubation space, research, and teaching facilities. Liz is Deputy theme lead for the Safe Use of Medicines theme in the Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre and has leading roles in multi-million-pound National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded programmes. Liz holds a PhD in Supply Chain Management from the University of Manchester and a MSc in Operations from the same institution, a PG/Dip in Health Service Management and a BSc (Hons) in Sociology. She has held previous academic/research roles at the University of Bradford Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences, University of Manchester, and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Liz has published in academic and professional journals focusing on end-to-end healthcare supply chains with a particular emphasis on the pharmaceutical supply chain. She has appeared as a supply chain expert on global media channels and has presented evidence to the UK government on medicines supply issues. More recently, she has undertaken extensive analysis of the UK Covid-19 vaccine supply chain and has commented on this in widespread media coverage. She was commissioned by The Conversation to create a specialist article on supply chain learning from the Covid-19 pandemic. This featured in the PreventionWeb collection with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.