Day 04 /// France and Belgium
October 1, 2020
Two Mobsters on the Thames: London
Day four saw us making a few more stops in England before heading to continental Europe. We drove through the Yorkshire foothills, stopping briefly at a Royal Air Force base, before reaching the famous university city of Cambridge, where we had a meeting with Will Downie and Andreas Meliniotis of Vectura, a CDMO specializing in inhaled medicines, to discuss their recent rebranding, among other topics. We then returned to London to meet with our friend Russell Harris of Centaur Biopharmaceutical Services near his birthplace on the banks of the River Thames in Dartford.
Bidding goodbye to London, we drove to Folkestone, bought rail flexipasses, and drove our Minis onto the train that would take us across the English Channel to Calais, France. Having reached mainland Europe, we drove (now on the other side of the road) across northern France to arrive very late to spend the night in Brussels, capital of Belgium and de facto capital of the European Union, which felt like a suitable place to begin our exploration of the continent.
THE TEAM MET WITH:
Will Downie and Andreas Meliniotis, Vectura; Russell Harris, Centaur Biopharmaceutical Services