Current Committee Members (2023/2024)

Chairperson: David O'Grady (Sanofi)

David graduated with BSc.Pharmacy from Trinity in 1991 and has ~ 30 years experience in the Biopharma Industry. He has worked for Leo Pharma and Genzyme, now Sanofi in translation of late stage development compounds into full scale industrialisation across a diverse range of manufacturing and analytical platforms. His experience includes all aspects of Chemistry Manufacturing Control (CMC),product formulation, process development, technology transfer, scale-up , validation, regulatory submission and launch. He has directly managed and led operations teams in pilot plant facilities responsible for clinical supply, technical support and product lifecycle management programmes.
David completed a Masters in Technology Management from UCC in 2018, specialising in Innovation and Connected Health. Since then he works  in a  corporate role as Drug Product leader for Data Analytics and Digital Transformation. He currently lectures on this topic to Masters students at UCC.
David is an accredited preceptor for 4th year pharmacy students via the APPEL programme, accredited pharmacist mentor via IIOP programme and a Mental Health first aider.

Secretary: Damian McDonnell

Having qualified in Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Damien worked in community pharmacy for several years while also having a keen interest in industry. He has worked as a Responsible Person (RP), and in quality assurance, consulting, sterile manufacturing and batch release. He has also undertaken research projects and obtained additional training in health economics, medical devices, GDP and pharmaceutical auditing.

Treasurer: Blánaid O'Connell (AbbVie) 

Blánaid is currently Market Access Manager at Abbvie since January 2019. She was previously an MSL (Onc/Haem) at Merck Serono after spending the majority of her career as a hospital pharmacist working in both the private and public sectors and in the NHS and HSE. She held varying roles such as Chief Pharmacist at the Galway Clinic Private Hospital and Clinical Pharmacist in Oncology and the Mental Health Services before taking up the position as Chief Pharmacist at Mayo University Hospital which she held for six years before taking the leap into the Pharmaceutical industry. She hails from three generations of Pharmacists.
She graduated with a BSc Pharmacy from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and holds a PG in Psychiatric Therapeutics from Aston University, Birmingham.
Blánaid has held the position of PIER Treasurer since 2022. 

Membership: Stan O'Neill (The Compliance Group)

Stan O’Neill is the Managing Director of The Compliance Group. After qualifying as a Pharmacist, Stan spent five years working in the pharmaceutical industry in Regulatory Affairs, Marketing and Quality Assurance (QP) and then joined the Irish Medicines Board (IMB), now the Health Products Regulatory Agency (HPRA). He performed GMP inspections throughout the world, represented Ireland at European level for the negotiation of standards of inspection for medicinal products and trained Inspectors at Irish, European and International levels. He consults for companies, governments and non-governmental organisations in areas of GMP, GDP, GVP, GCP and Regulatory Affairs. 

Stan is a founding member of PIER and currently manages all membership activities. 

EIPG Delegate: Patience Wobuoma (DHL Lifesciences and Healthcare)

Patience Wobuoma is a Pharm D. graduate from the University of Szeged. She began her career as a Pharmaceutical Technology Research Associate in Hungary and later transitioned to work as a community pharmacist in Ireland.

Currently involved in quality assurance roles at an emerging pharmaceutical company, Patience is also a PIER delegate for EIPG programs across Europe. Her dedication extends to training and continuing education for pharmacy technicians in the Republic of Ireland through the APPEL training programs.

Student Representative: Alexandra Flood (RCSI)

Alexandra is currently in her 5th year of Pharmacy in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, currently undertaking her placement in community pharmacy. As part of her Pharmacy degree she has completed a 4 month placement in the Medical Affairs Department in Pfizer Healthcare Ireland. 

Alexandra was the President of RCSI’s Pharmacy Society for the 2021/2022 academic year. She acts as the student representative on the PIER committee. 

Maura Kinahan (Pfizer Healthcare Ireland)

Maura is Internal Medicine/Hospital Medical Lead in Pfizer Healthcare Ireland. She has spent most of her career to-date in various roles in the pharmaceutical industry (Pharmaceutical Development, Regulatory Affairs, Supply Chain, Commercial Operations, Medical Affairs) with Élan, Bristol-Myers Squibb & Pfizer. In 2014/15, she participated in the BioInnovate Fellowship programme, a specialist medical device innovation training programme based in NUI Galway. 

She holds a pharmacy degree from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and Ph.D. from the University of Manchester.

Maura is a founding member of PIER and leads on career and mentorship activities. 

Academia Representative: Joseph O'Shea (UCC)

Joseph (Joey) is a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics in the School of Pharmacy, University College Cork. He completed his Ph.D. in the School of Pharmacy in UCC in 2017. Following completion of his PhD, he held numerous positions in the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland, including in formulation development, clinical and regulatory affairs and in process development and technical support.
He returned to academia in November 2019, taking up a role as Lecturer in Pharmaceutics in the School of Pharmacy, UCC. He currently teaches on the M.Pharm. undergraduate programme, the MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems and the Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Sciences. His research interests include optimisation of novel bio-enabling formulations for poorly water soluble drugs, development of biopharmaceutics tools to predict in vivo performance and computational pharmaceutics, including molecular modelling and physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modelling. He continues to interact with the pharmaceutical industry through his research collaborations.
Joey is the academic member on the PIER Committee and manages the committee's communications. 

Rosemarie Tully (Avadel Pharmaceuticals) 

Rosemarie Tully is a registered pharmacist with more than 20 years of pharma, drug delivery, biotech and medical device industry experience.

She is currently VP and General Manager, Europe at Avadel Pharmaceuticals. Previously she was Chief Operating Officer at Neuromod Devices Limited, held senior roles in corporate development and strategy at Sigmoid Pharma Limited, Elan Corporation plc (now Perrigo Company plc), and was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. She has extensive operational leadership, fundraising, corporate business development and licensing experience.

Rosemarie completed her BSc (Hons) Pharmacy degree at Trinity College Dublin and her master's degree in business administration at INSEAD, France.

She is a founding member of PIER. 


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