Current Committee Members (2018/19)
Chairperson: John Michael Morris (formerly HPRA)
Michael obtained a degree in Pharmacy and PhD from the University of Manchester and worked briefly in industry in the UK. He then worked as a QA pharmacist in a number of hospital based manufacturing plants in the UK over the next 10 years. In 1987, he moved to Ireland to work for NDAB/IMB/HPRA and became Director Scientific Affairs at the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) of Ireland in 2004 until he retired at the end of 2015. Michael was formerly Pharmaceutical Director, IMB, responsible for the assessment of quality data (CMC data) and before that Senior Pharmacist at the Irish National Drugs Advisory Board. Dr. Morris was the EU member of the ICH Q6A Expert Working Group, and subsequently became EU topic leader and then Chair of ICH Q4B -pharmacopoeial harmonisation. In 2004 he was elected to the position of Chairman of the European Pharmacopoeia Commission until 2007 and he remained a member of the Ph. Eur.Commission until 2016. He is Chair of Ph. Eur. Working Party PAT and a member of Group 12, pharmaceutical dose forms. He has also served on a number of committees of PSI, Steering Committee of IIOP and the dissolution testing focus group of FIP. He has also been very active in the Ireland chapter of PDA since its inception in 2006 and has just recently stepped down after two years as President of that organization.
Secretary: Laura Daly (Recordati)
Laura currently works as a Deputy RP in Recordati. She previously worked in QA in Pfizer Ringskiddy & QM Specials. She graduated with a degree in Pharmacy from University College Cork in 2016 before completing her internship in the Pharmaceutical Assessment section of the HPRA and Lloyds Pharmacy. Laura has previously worked in Technical Operations with AbbVie, IMS Health (now IQVIA) and the Health Information Systems Research Centre in University College Cork.
Treasurer: Peter Twomey (HPRA)
Peter joined the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) in July 2017 as Good Clinical Practice & Pharmacovigilance Inspector. Prior to joining the HPRA, he held various positions including the position of pharmacovigilance inspector with the MHRA (the UK medicines regulator) and qualified person for pharmacovigilance (QPPV) and pharmacovigilance manager in industry. He holds a Master of Pharmacy degree from RCSI.
Gwynne Morley (IQVIA)
Gwynne is the General Manager in IQVIA (formerly IMS Health & Quintiles). She previously held the positions of Commercial Manager (IQVIA), Director of Heart & Vascular, Diabetes & Emergency Department at the Mater Private and Managing Director at Uniphar Retail Services division. She has extensive experience and knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, from the manufacturer to the patient. Previously she worked for United Drug Group (UDG) Healthcare for 13 years where she was a member of the Senior Executive team. During her tenure with UDG, she held a number of senior roles namely in pre-wholesale, consumer, homecare and quality. Prior to joining UDG, she held management positions within the Crowley Retail Pharmacy Chain and held a multifunctional role within the medical department of Zeneca Pharma, Ireland. She is a graduate of TCD. Gwynne is the former PIER Chairperson (2014-2017).
Maura Kinahan (Pfizer)
Maura is 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, 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 PhD from the University of Manchester. She is a founding member of PIER.
Peter O'Donnell (HPRA)
Peter is currently working as a Scientific Officer for Pharmacovigilance within the Human Products Monitoring (HPM) department at the HPRA. He studied Pharmacy at RCSI for both his BSc (Pharm) and MPharm, graduating in 2015. During his MPharm he was a Research Assistant in the Tissue Engineering Research Group (TERG). After his MPharm he returned to the TERG as a Deputy Project Manager of an in-vivo trial for a commercialisation project. Peter has also worked as a community pharmacist with Lloyds Pharmacy group as well as locum agencies.
Alexia Acedo (Amyrt)
Alexia currently works as Regulatory Affairs Manager (International) with Amyrt. She formerly worked with Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. She holds a Pharmacy degree from the University of Seville (Spain) and Masters degree in Pharmaceutical Industry from CESIF in Madrid. On qualifying, she worked as a community pharmacist for 3 years. In 2005, she joined the Regulatory Affairs department in Laboratorios Normon where she worked for 7 years. In 2013, she moved to Ireland and initially worked as a community pharmacist until she joined Mallinckrodt in 2015.
Jane O'Sullivan (Pfizer)
Jane graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland with a Master of Pharmacy in 2016. She completed an internship in both Lloyds Pharmacy, Dublin and the Pharmaceutical Assessment Department of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), who are responsible for the assessment of quality/CMC data of medicinal products. Following the HPRA, she moved to London to work in the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in the Specialised Scientific Disciplines Department. She was based in the Clinical Pharmacology and Non-Clinical Office and primarily worked with the assessment of new centralised applications for these scientific disciplines. In mid 2018, Jane returned to Ireland and currently works in Pfizer in the Global Regulatory Affairs team for biologicals.
Peter achieved his degree in Pharmacy from Queen's University Belfast in 2015 before completing his training and moving to Dublin to take up a full time support role in the community pharmacy. He joined PIER early 2017 with no prior industry experience and the following year secured a role as a Pharmacist with Baxter Healthcare. His current role is Quality Batch Releaser. He continues to locum in community pharmacy.
Cian O'Leary (RCSI)
Cian is a pharmacy lecturer and principal investigator in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Having received his Pharmacy degree in University College Cork, he subsequently went on to receive a Master in Pharmacy and PhD in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine at RCSI. He has been recognised for distinction in academia with numerous conference awards and several fellowships, including a European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) fellowship to Mainz, Germany, and a Fulbright scholarship to UC San Diego. His research group is focused on understanding and discovering new treatments for chronic diseases with cell-matrix dysregulation at the centre of their pathogenesis, including pulmonary fibrosis and cancer. As a lecturer who is also a registered pharmacist, Cian has a great appreciation for foundational biomedical science research in the laboratory setting as well as translational research with commercial potential, and is an advocate for encouraging pharmacy students to pursue their own research-led careers.
Past Committee Members (2012-2018)
- Stan O’Neill (Compliance Group): Chairperson 2012-2014
- Mary Rafter (TCD): Secretary 2012-2014
- Muireann McAlister (Pfizer, formerly AstraZeneca): Communications 2012-2014
- Jack Daly (United Health, formerly QuintilesIMS/IQVIA & Grünenthal): 2012-2014
- Orlaith Brennan (IPHA): 2012-2013
- Brendan Griffin (UCC):Treasurer 2012-2015
- David Carroll (J&J DePuy, formerly PEI Medical): 2013-2015
- Michael Lennon (Alexion, formerly HPRA): Communications 2014-2016
- Catherine McHugh (Parexel, formerly HPRA): Membership 2012-2014
- Jenny Loughney (Novartis, formerly PharmaChemical Ireland): 2014-2015
- Rosemarie Tully (Neuromod, formerly Sigmoid Pharma): 2012-2016
- Cathal Gallagher (Takeda, formerly Mylan Respiratory): 2014-2017, Treasurer 2015-2017
- Vanessa Lyons (HPRA): 2015-2017
- Olivia Murphy (AstraZeneca, formerly Bayer & IQVIA (Quintiles)): 2015-2017
- Ita Walsh (Compliance Group): 2015-2017
- Barry O’Hea (HPRA, formerly LEO Pharma): 2016-2017
- Helen Naddy (Mallinckrodt): Secretary 2014-2017, 2018
- Katie Ryan (UCC): 2015-2018
- Evin Allen (Sanofi Genzyme): Communications 2017-2018