Southward Through The UK And Across The Channel To Europe

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.

Will Downie and Andreas Meliniotis, Vectura; Russell Harris, Centaur Biopharmaceutical Services


Nigel Walker

Mr. Walker is the founder and managing director of That’s Nice LLC, a research-driven marketing agency with 20 years dedicated to life sciences. Nigel harnesses the strategic capabilities of Nice Insight, the research arm of That’s Nice, to help companies communicate science-based visions to grow their businesses. Mr. Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design with honors from London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, England.