Current Committee Members (2020/2021)

Chairperson: Stan O'Neill

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.

 

Secretary: Celine Cadogan (AstraZeneca)

 

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 bulk 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 and graduated with a BSc Pharmacy from the Robert Gordon University,Aberdeen and has a PG in Psychiatric Therapeutics from Aston University, Birmingham.
 

Maura Kinahan (Pfizer)

Maura is Vaccines 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.

Maura is a founding member of PIER and is part of the Strategic Review sub-committee (2021/2022). 

 

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.

Peter is the former PIER Treasurer (2017-2021) and sites on the Strategic Review sub-committee (2021/2022). 

 

Joey O'Shea (UCC)

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.
 
He 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.

 

Ivan Kelly (Servier)

Ivan graduated from the University of Sunderland with a Master in Pharmacy (MPharm) in 2012. Following his university studies Ivan started his career as a Clinical Pharmacist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead NHS Trust. During this time Ivan also worked as a locum/community Pharmacist with various pharmacy chains and locum agencies in the UK.

Upon returning to Ireland Ivan initially worked as a locum/community Pharmacist before joining Baxter Healthcare August 2019. He held positions as a Production Pharmacist and Quality Batch Releaser. Recently Ivan has joined Servier as a QA Operations Specialist/QP.

 

Bernard O'Sullivan (PwC)

Bernard is a recently qualified Pharmacist having obtained his MPharm degree in 2021.  Despite his short career to date, Bernard has plenty of experience within the Pharmaceutical industry, having previously worked with IMVO, Novartis Business Services and Axium Buying Group.  Bernard is currently working for PwC in the Research and Development Tax Incentives group while also studying for the ACA accounting exams and AITI tax exams.  Having liaised with PIER in the past through previous roles with IPSA, Bernard is already familiar with many members of the PIER committee and cannot wait to get started! 

 

Jessica Bennett (RCSI)

Jessica is currently in her 4th year of Pharmacy in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. As part of her Pharmacy degree she has completed a 6 month placement in the Technical Services Department in Pfizer Newbridge. Jessica was the President of RCSI’s Pharmacy Society for the 2020/2021 academic year. She is currently the Professional Affairs Coordinator of the Irish Pharmaceutical Students Association (IPSA) and acts as the student representative on the PIER committee. 

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