Our Trainers

    David Bobs
    David is a master trainer, coach & facilitator, with a career in pharmaceutical learning & development which began in 1995. Between then and 2007 David held several training and development roles of increasing seniority and scope in this sector.
    Dr. Braun is a trained pharmacist with 20 years of experience in Drug Product Development. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Bonn and started his career in pharmaceutical industry as Head of Pharmaceutical Development at Rentschler Pharma.
    Henny Zijlstra
    Meet Henny, an experienced commercial leader with a strategic and innovative mindset. With a proven track record of driving business growth and success in the competitive CDMO marketplace, Henny is dedicated to building and managing high-performance teams in marketing and sales.
    Started in Pharma Regulatory Affairs over 14 years ago, initially in a manufacturing facility in Ireland. Joined Ivowen regulatory affairs consultancy over nine years ago and became Regulatory Affairs and Business Manager after four years. Became Managing Director and owner of the consultancy in 2021.
    Laura has an extensive industrial experience in the development of drug products for the worldwide market, from scratch to registration, in accordance with GxP and ICH requirements.
    Dr. Tony Cundell worked for Merck Research Laboratories in Summit, New Jersey, as the Senior Principal Scientist in early phase drug development. Earlier in his career, he worked at a director level in Quality Control and Product Development organizations at the New York Blood Center, Lederle Laboratories, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Schering-Plough.
    Simon has spent 30 years working in clinical trials, mostly in the pharmaceutical industry but also including five years at the UK and European regulatory agencies.
    Dr. Denby is a Biochemical Engineer. Over the years he has worked at AstraZeneca, Oxford BioMedica and Becton, Dickinson and Company. In 2017, he founded BioFrey and has revolutionised availability of extractable data and change notification practices around single use systems facilitating uptake of these systems.
    James L. Drinkwater trainer
    James L. Drinkwater is the current Head of GMP Compliance at Franz Ziel Germany. James is based in the UK for the global role and separately supports the Not-for-profit society: Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Sciences Society: PHSS an educational platform in GxP. James is the ex-Chairman (10 years) of the PHSS and currently Co-leads the Annex 1 and CCS Guidance focus groups
    Dr. Manfred Fischer is a Biophysical Chemist. He has more than 30-year experience in the pharmaceutical industry, mainly in the CMC arena covering analytical / formulation development of new and generic products and Quality Control of medicinal products.
    Donal O' Grady
    Donal is a (bio) pharmaceutical leader, with over 25 years’ experience in the industry. Over the last 12 years, he has held roles in global external network strategy, procurement and operations in a number of companies, including BMS, Zoetis and Biomarin.
    Qualified and experienced in business management, consulting and project management (MBA,PMP). Hanna is a business management consultant, having a considerable experience in companies undergoing restructuring, particularly as a result of privatization.
    Jan Harmsen has more than 40 years of industrial experience in research, development, design, and commercial scale implementation of processes in oil & gas, chemicals, food & beverage and minerals.
    Johan Hamminga
    Johan is a senior Life Science consultant with more than 25 years of experience within the Biotech and Biopharmaceutical industry. He has a successful track record in a variety of roles: Director, Senior Project Manager, Quality Subject Matter Expert.
    Dr. Huemer received his MD in medicine at the Medical University of Vienna and his PhD in Biology at the University of Vienna and subsequently specialized in Medical Physiology, followed by a long medical career in research, teaching, medical practice. Between 2007 - 2023 he worked at the Austrian Medicines & Medical Devices Agency.
    quality, biotech, biologics, regulatory
    Dr. Felix Tobias Kern is the Associate Director - Head of Compliance Launch and Technology Center at the Merck KGaA in Darmstadt (Germany). He studied pharmacy in Mainz (Germany) and graduated at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich (Germany). He is an expert pharmacist for pharmaceutical analytics and pharmaceutical technology.
    Michael worked for Innovate UK for four years as a Health Innovation Lead and was responsible for the management of a UK government grant funding programme called the Biomedical Catalyst that provided £30M per annum to supports UK SMEs developing innovative health & life science products.  Before joining Innovate UK, Michael was a Group Manager at Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) where he led a team that was responsible for safety & surveillance of all medical devices in UK.
    Through more than 17 years of experience with high-ranking, international pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies as well as Contract Research Organizations Karin has acquired proven expertise in the field of clinical research and compliance with high quality standards. As a trained biologist with a PhD in cancer research Karin started her career in clinical research as a Freelance CRA.
    Paula Muniz is a Senior Associate with Dynakin’s Drug Modeling & Consulting (DMC) group. She is a Doctor in Pharmacy at the University of Navarra with a PhD in cardiovascular pharmacology.
    Franz Nothelfer is currently a professional consultant for downstream processing and viral safety. Before his retirement in 2017, he was heading a position as associate director Protein Science at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG.
    Stephanie Pasas-Farmer
    Stephanie Pasas-Farmer is a recognized bioanalytical expert in the areas of discovery and regulated bioanalysis for pharmaceutical, biologics and hybrid technologies, including antibody-drug conjugate technology.
    Len has over 30 years of experience in both industry and academia. He is a member of a regulatory advisory group for ATMPs. Len has undertaken development and manufacturing of 18 new biological entities, including first-in-man/first-in-class cell and gene therapies, viral vectors, biologics, and monoclonal antibodies. His regulatory and licensing experience covers the MHRA, EMA and FDA.
    James Pink has over 20 years of experience in the medical devices industry including 10 years as a healthcare technology expert and lead auditor for a leading European notified body.
    Dr Mark Powell
    Dr Mark Powell a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) with over thirty years’ experience as a senior analytical chemist. Mark has served as both Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer of the RSC’s Analytical Division and led a working group on continuing professional development until July 2016.
    Dr. Rensing studied biology and medicine at Tübingen, Heidelberg and Amherst, USA. During his clinical career he contributed to more than 40 clinical trials in all phases. He has worked in hospital management, the pharmaceutical industry as well as at The Paul-Ehrlich-Institute (PEI) as a clinical assessor.
    Dr. Hans Rogl is a Biochemist by training and started his industry career as a manager of a downstream process GMP production facility at Roche Diagnostics GmbH in Penzberg, Germany.
    Fritz Roder
    Fritz Röder is Director Engineering at Merck KGaA in Germany and is a recognized expert in the pharmaceutical industry. He has large experience in pharmaceutical media supply, GMP environments and the processing of solid, semisolid and liquid (sterile) dosage forms.
    Dr. Ross has over 35 years experience in the Generics Industry, the last 15 being at corporate level. He has been intimately involved in strategic planning, pipeline management and related activities.
    Tara Scherder
    Tara Scherder has over 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries as a statistician, engineer, and master black belt. Her passion is the powerful combination of science and statistics to increase knowledge, optimize both manufacturing and business processes, and reduce risk.
    Prof. Schönermark studied Medicine at the universities of Göttingen, Munich, Heidelberg, London and Cape Town After PhD, and spent post doc time and various stays abroad, including at Columbia University in New York and Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover NH, Specialist examination for ENT medicine and activity as Managing Senior Physician at the Ear, Nose, Throat Clinic Hannover Medical School followed by further training in systemic therapy Postgraduate Certificate in Neuro Leadership.
    David Schwicker has biopharmaceutical consulting expertise spanning more than 25 years. Founder of ORPHA Strategy Consulting, and former Vice President with PAREXEL International in the United States. David is a sought-after expert for accelerating marketing authorization, time to launch, early patient and market access of ATMPs.
    Martin Valks
    Martin offers expertise in both strategy as well as operational implementation. He has worked in diverse roles, climbing in responsibility, in marketing, sales business development and market access access in Akzo Nobel, Novartis, Coloplast and Tillotts Pharma. He was responsible for profit and loss of triple digit million-euro budgets and realised double digit compounded annual growth. He also managed acquisition and integration of two double digit million annual sales Product acquisitions of Astra Zeneca and Astellas.
    Francois (Swa) Vandeweyer
    Swa joined Janssen Pharmaceutical (part of Johnson & Johnson) in 1981 and until 1995 had increasing responsibilities within the organisation, mainly in the Quality Control Unit. From 1995 he joined the Quality Assurance department. In 2005 was Senior Manager GMP Compliance Chemical Operations in Belgium, on sites Geel – Olen – Beerse. In 2009 was appointed as Director Global Compliance of EMEA and Asia Pacific for Johnson & Johnson.
    Steven Walfish
    Steven Walfish brings over 30 years of industrial expertise in the development and application of statistical methods for solving complex business issues. Steven has experience applying statistical methods to analytical method verification and validation and stability analysis.
    Rob Walker is a Chartered Chemist and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry with degrees in Applied Chemistry and Instrumental Analytical Chemistry.
    Dr Mark Waring
    Dr. Waring is a licensed physician, epidemiologist and senior pharmacovigilance expert with 25 years of full-time industry and consulting experience in clinical drug safety and post-marketing pharmacovigilance. His key areas of expertise include pharmacovigilance system and process consulting, safety data assessments and safety risk management planning.
    Dr. Gwen Wise-Blackman
    Dr. Wise-Blackman is a consultant and project lead at BioData Solutions, with over 24 years of experience. Her attention is devoted to providing guidance to small and large biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in support of drug development. Her work includes supporting regulatory approval of large molecule therapeutics.