Pharma Industry Awards 2018

Judges & Judging

An independent panel of recognised and expert Judges, representing the pharmaceutical sector, will determine the winners of the Pharma Industry Awards.

Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from industry leaders who will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process ensuring that the winning entries are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving a Pharma Industry Award.

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective. The Judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, in which case that entry will be reallocated. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of all that we do.

We recognise and respect the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. Submissions are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process. We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless prior permission is given.

A comprehensive judging process has been put together to decide the worthy winners of the Pharma Industry Awards:

Judging Process

  1. After the closing date for receiving submissions, all entries will be sent for the first round of review.
  2. Entries will be carefully scrutinised with the best selected to go forward to the shortlist for each category.
  3. The shortlist of finalists will be published on the Awards website.
  4. Judges are divided into a minimum of two panels, ensuring any potential conflict is avoided.
  5. The judges will score each of the entries allocated to them against a predetermined set of scores.
  6. Scores are then collected and collated, with the entrant receiving the highest overall score being declared the winner of that category.
  7. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony. The judge's decision is final and no correspondence, telephone, email or communication of any kind will be entered into in relation to decisions reached.

The 2017 Judging Panel

The Pharma Industry Awards winners will be decided by a leading panel of industry experts.


Matt Moran - BioPharmaChem Ireland


Matthew Moran - Director, BioPharmaChem Ireland

Matthew Moran is Director of BioPharmaChem Ireland. He graduated in Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin in 1980 and in Chemical Engineering at University College Dublin in 1981; he holds an MBA also from University College Dublin (Smurfit School of Business).  He worked for over ten years in the pharmaceutical industry where he held a number of management positions both in active ingredient and dosage form manufacture.  He is a member the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC). Matthew Moran is Vice-President of the Active Pharmaceuticals Ingredients (API) Committee of CEFIC (CEFIC/APIC). He is a Board member of The European Association for Bioindustries (Europabio)

BioPharmaChem Ireland represents the interests of the biopharmachem sector in Ireland.  CEFIC/APIC represents the European API Industry. Europabio represents the European Biotech Sector.


Aisling Reast

Executive Director & National Coordinator, Affiliation for Pharmacy Practice Experiential Learning

Aisling Reast - Executive Director & National Coordinator, Affiliation for Pharmacy Practice Experiential Learning

Aisling Reast is the Director and National Coordinator of APPEL (Affiliation for Pharmacy Practice Experiential Learning). APPEL is a unique collaboration between UCC, RCSI and TCD established to manage the experiential learning placements of the three Schools of Pharmacy in Ireland.

Aisling registered as a pharmacist in 1999 and obtained an MSc in Community Pharmacy in 2014. Her pharmacy practice experience includes six years as a pharmacy owner and employment with both independent pharmacies and multiples. She has held several positions in healthcare education, pharmacy practice development, continuing professional development and programme management including at the Irish Centre for Continuing Pharmacy Education, Trinity College Dublin, the Irish Pharmacy Union, the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and at the Irish Institute of Pharmacy. She is currently undertaking an MSc in Leadership, has a diploma in public relations and certificates in assessment and quality assurance of the assessment process.

Killian O’Driscoll - National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT)

Director of Projects

Killian O’Driscoll - Director of Projects, National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT)

Killian O’Driscoll is the Director of Projects at the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT). Killian is a Genetics Graduate from Trinity College Dublin with an MSc in the Management of Innovation from the University of London. He also is an Associate Lecturer in Project Management at Dublin Business School. Prior to joining NIBRT, Killian worked with Microsoft European Operations Centre as Senior Global Project Manager and with Ericsson Competence Development Centre in the area of technology education and development. Killian working closely with all stakeholders in the biopharmaceutical industry has been involved in the successful establishment of NIBRT which has numerous international accolades including ISPE Facility of The Year, Bioprocess International Manufacturing Collaboration of the Decade and NIBRT is now recognised as a global leader in biopharma research and training.

Eoin McAtamney - The Pharmaceutical Managers' Institute Ireland


Eoin McAtamney - President, The Pharmaceutical Managers' Institute Ireland

Eoin McAtamney is President of The PMI having assumed the role in July 2017. The PMI has more than 490 members who are all managers representing over 80 pharmaceutical companies in Ireland.

Eoin has diverse experience within the industry having held a number of sales, business development, and managerial roles both in Ireland and the United Kingdom, with experience in commercial endeavours with both large and small molecule prescription medicines (Rx) over the counter (OTC) products, as well as clinical nutrition.

Eoin completed his undergraduate studies with a BA Hons at NUI Maynooth, followed by MBA from DCU and a Diploma in Health Economics from IPA/UCD.

Dr. Siobhan Roche - Science Foundation Ireland

Head of Partnerships

Dr. Siobhan Roche - Head of Partnerships, Science Foundation Ireland

Dr Siobhan Roche leads Science Foundation Ireland’s Partnerships Division which fosters the establishment of research collaborations between private industry and public academic institutions through a suite of industry-facing programmes supporting open innovation, including SFI Research Centres. Siobhan holds a B.A. Mod in Genetics from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley (USA). Prior to moving to SFI, she worked as a research scientist in both the private sector (Exelixis Inc. and Hibergen) and in third level research (TCD), focussing on the application of genetics and genomics technology to deciphering the biological causes of illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and mental health disorders. Siobhan has authored publications in leading, peer-reviewed journals and holds a number of international patents.

Dr. Michael Gillen - BioPharmaChem Ireland

Senior Executive

Dr. Michael Gillen - Senior Executive, BioPharmaChem Ireland

Michael is a Senior Executive with BioPharmaChem Ireland (PCI) where he has responsibility for environment, health & safety and energy. He is also the head of occupational health & safety (OHS) policy in Ibec.

Michael worked as a development chemist in the pharmachemical industry before joining the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) as an inspector. He has worked with Ibec since February 2000.

He is Deputy Chairperson of the Board of the Health and Safety Authority in Ireland. He is chairperson of the REACH taskforce of the European Fine Chemicals Group and he is also an employer representative on the European Commissions Advisory Committee on Safety & Health.

Tim Yeomans - Shannon ABC

Centre Manager

Tim Yeomans - Centre Manager, Shannon ABC

Dr. Tim Yeomans is the Centre Manager for Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, a collaboration between the Institute of Technology, Tralee and Limerick Institute of Technology. Tim holds a PhD in Microbiology and postgraduate qualifications in Technology Commercialisation and Innovation Management. Tim has worked in research and development for 20 years, both in industry and academia, and has worked closely with a number of pharmaceutical companies in Ireland. In his role in Shannon ABC, Tim is responsible for the scientific direction of the Centre, intellectual property management and business and technology development.

Prof. Mike Lyons FTCD - Trinity College Dublin

Head of School of Chemistry

Prof. Mike Lyons’s FTCD - Head of School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin

Born in Cork city, Mike Lyons, a graduate of University College Cork, researched fuel cell catalysis both in the Chemistry Department and the Royal School of Mines in Imperial College London before being appointed as a Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at Trinity College in 1984. He is  a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and is Professor in Physical Chemistry and Head of the School of Chemistry, TCD and has served both on the College Council and Board. His research interests include the development of new materials for electrochemical splitting of water to produce clean hydrogen fuel, the development of electrochemical sensors, and the use of sustainable raw materials for energy applications. He currently is lead PI in Raw Materials in TCD and an investigator both in the CRANN Research Institute and the SFI AMBER National Centre. He follows Munster rugby and Cork hurling.

Dr. Brendan Griffin - University College Cork

Senior Lecturer & Course Director MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology & Quality Systems, School of Pharmacy

Dr. Brendan Griffin - University College Cork

Dr. Brendan Griffin is currently a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics at the School of Pharmacy at University College Cork. He completed his BSc. Pharm. degree (1992-96) and PhD in Pharmaceutics (1997-2001) at the School of Pharmacy in Trinity College Dublin. After working in the pharmaceutical industry for a number of years (at Élan and Servier), he returned to academia in 2005. Dr. Griffin’s research interests focus on the development of optimised oral drug delivery systems. This includes lipid based formulations for enhancing bioavailability of poorly soluble drug compounds; design of nanoparticulate based drug delivery systems; targeted drug delivery to the colon and to the intestinal lymphatics. He continues to interact closely with the pharmaceutical industry and has a number of research collaborations with international partners. He is Project Coordinator of the €4m H2020 funded Marie Curie European Training Network PEARRL.

Prof. John F. Gilmer - Trinity College Dublin

Professor, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Prof. John F. Gilmer - Professor, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College Dublin

John Gilmer is Professor in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, TCD and course co-ordinator of the MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences. John holds a PhD in steroid-based molecular recognition from TCD (1995). He held postdoc and visiting researcher positions in commercial pharmaceutical R&D at TCD and QUB from 1995 to 1998 when he took up a position as lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and principal investigator in the School of Pharmacy at TCD. He has significant experience as consultant on pharma manufacturing and legal issues. John contributes to the pharmacy degree and to a range of postgraduate courses related to pharmaceutical manufacturing and development, including MSc programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology (QP) and Molecular Medicine. John has an active research group in diverse fields of drug discovery and delivery with special interest in steroid chemical biology. He is a co-founder and Director of Research in Solvotrin Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical R&D company which won the 2010 EI award for innovation in the Life Sciences.

Dr. Mark Glynn - Dublin City University

Head of Teaching Enhancement Unit

Dr. Mark Glynn - Head of Learning Innovation Unit, Dublin City University

Mark has a PhD in Chemistry, a MSc in e-learning and a certificates in Learning and Teaching in higher education and online assessment. Mark has a deep insight into the key issues for higher education in Ireland in particular the implementation of national strategy for higher education, the technological universities and flexible learning. He plays key leadership roles in promoting innovative teaching and learning methods throughout the sector and is considered to be a leading authority in the use of virtual learning environments. Mark has also had leadership roles in the Irish Learning Technology Association and the Learning Innovation Network, two of the leading organisations for learning innovation in Irish higher education.

Eoin Casey - University College Dublin

Professor & Head, School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering

Eoin Casey - Professor & Head, School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, UCD

Eoin Casey is Professor and Head of the School at the UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering. His research group works at the materials-biology interface and this underpins an applied research programme aimed at developing new and improved technologies for the process industries.

He is also co-founder of OxyMem Ltd, a UCD spin-out company which has won numerous awards including the 2016 Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award from the European Association for Bioindustries. Prior to UCD he worked at Scale-up Systems Ltd where he was responsible for consultancy projects for clients in the biotechnology industry.

Prof. Gavin Walker - SSPC


Prof. Gavin Walker - Director, SSPC 

Professor Gavin Walker (FIChemE) was appointed as the Bernal Chair of Pharmaceutical Engineering at the University of Limerick in 2012.  He is also a Visiting Research Professor of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast (UK). He is currently a principal investigator in the SFI Investigators Programme, the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), the EI Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) and the EI Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC).  His research interests include particle/powder technology, process modelling and materials engineering. He has published over 160 international journal papers on various aspects of chemical and process engineering and is associate editor of Chemical Engineering Journal and Chemical Engineering Research and Design. Professor Walker has been awarded two Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) fellowships: the ExxonMobil Fellowship in 2002 and the Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship in 2009. Prof Walker’s Process Engineering Research Group at UL currently comprises of 35 post-doctoral researchers and PhD students working on various aspects of powder and pharmaceutical processing and was awarded Research-Academic Lab of the Year at the Irish Awards in 2017. Prof Walker was recently appointed as Co-Director of the SFI funded Research Centre, SSPC.