Our Trainers

    Dr. Lars J. Brandén is an accomplished leader in Biotech R&D both in academia and industry with a solid background in cell- and gene therapy as well as in Bioinformatics, HTS, phenotypic screening and cell-based assay development.
    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.
    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
    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 works at the Austrian Medicines & Medical Devices Agency, participating in many assessments of scientific advice procedures, paediatric investigation plans and centralized marketing procedures in different clinical areas. He is a SAWP full member since 2014 and a PDCO full member since 2013.
    quality, biotech, biologics, regulatory
    Dr. Felix Tobias Kern is Head of Manufacturing 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.
    Helge Neidhardt has over 30 years of pharmaceutical development experience with biologics covering projects on high purity natural proteins, recombinant proteins, monoclonal and conjugated antibodies. He worked at Aventis Behring and at Sanofi in different responsibilities, leading internal as well as collaborative CMC projects through all stages of development with EMA and FDA.
    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.
    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 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 and more importantly in 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 Global Engineering Manager 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.
    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.
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