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PDA Ireland Chapter

Declan Quinlan

President: Declan Quinlan

MSD Ireland


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As a registered non-profit affiliate of PDA International; our aim is to serve as a networking forum for manufacturers, young professionals, academia and service providers engaged in the pharmaceutical/ biopharmaceutical industry in Ireland.

The activities of our chapter can be summarised as follows:

  • Provide events and processes to facilitate sharing of best practices, technologies and regulations to meet the tactical and strategic needs of you; our members.
  • Facilitate collaboration with regulators and other representative bodies to achieve alignment and cohesiveness across the industry.
  • Provide a great networking opportunity for you; our members to connect with like-minded professionals, subject matter experts and regulators.

Our success depends on the willingness of our volunteers to share experiences, plan & organise events, engage in PDA interest groups or contribute to future technical reports.

Remember we all face similar opportunities and challenges; our chapter network can strengthen our ability to face these with confidence.

Le chéile tá muid níos láidre (Together we are stronger),

Join today!!!
Declan Quinlan, President Irish Chapter


Thank you to our 2019 Chapter Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors

  • Bioquell
  • Cherwell
  • Elis
  • PMT
  • Source Bioscience
  • Thermal Compliance

Bronze Sponsors

  • Charles River
  • Fraser Technologies
  • Pharmalex
  • SteriTech Limited
  • Veltek

Upcoming Chapter Events


PDA Signature Events




Declan Quinlan

Declan Quinlan
Operations Director
MSD Ireland (Carlow)

Ann McGe

Ann McGee
Managing Director
PharmaLex Ireland

Aidan Harrington

Aidan Harrington
Senior Consultant
DPS Global

Paul Hawkins

Paul Hawkins
Quality Director
Avadel Pharmaceuticals

Sponsorship and Events Manager
Elizabeth Hunt

Elizabeth Hunt
Marketing Specialist
PharmaLex Ireland


Chapter News

PDA Ireland sponsors the Salters' Festival of Chemistry – hosted by Trinity College, May 18, 2019

Salters Festival of Chemistry

The Salters Institute hosted The Salters' festival to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among adolescent students. The initiative also showcases careers in the chemical and allied industries and teaching field.

On May 18th, 2019 students from 20 schools from the province of Leinster enjoyed an exciting day of scientific exploration at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry, at the Salters Institute, School of Chemistry.

Teams of four 11-13 year-olds represented their school in three chemistry focused experiments and challenges.

Our 2019 Salters' Festival winners were:

  • Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan, Dublin
  • Holy Child Secondary School, Killiney, Dublin
  • St. Leo’s College, Dublin Road, Carlow

PDA Ireland made a charity donation to Barretstown - the official charity partner for 2019

PDA Ireland Sponsor Barrerstown

Biocidal Products Regulation – ‘cleaning’ up the marketplace

Author: John Chewins, BSc, MBS Director, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Bioquell UK Ltd.

This article is your guide that provides important insights into the new regulations covering bio-decontamination claims and processes in Europe.


PDA Ireland announce Bursary Winners

In partnership with PDA Europe, we have continued our commitment to provide educational development opportunities for students by producing our 3rd Bursary.

This year, we accepted applications to third level students (undergraduate and postgraduate). The bursary included a free ticket to the PDA EU Annual Meeting on 25 - 26 June 2019 I in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and €800.00 towards travel expenses and accommodations..

We are proud to announce the names of our 2019 Bursary recipients: Rebecca Kelly and David O'Loughlin.

Rebecca Kelly
Rebecca Kelly

Rebecca Kelly is twenty years of age from a town called Glenamaddy in Galway, Ireland. She is currently undergoing her third year of study in Biotechnology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. At this time, Rebecca is interning at Alexion Athlone.

Rebecca learned about this opportunity on the PDA Ireland Chapter's LinkedIn page.

She is interested in the industry placement session and desires to learn more about this topic during the PDA Europe (PDA EU) Annual Conference.

David O'Loughlin 
David O'Loughlin

David O'Loughlin is currently completing his third year BSc in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry at Maynooth University. In July, he will begin the Human Toxicology student placement programme at The State Laboratory in Kildare, Ireland. David's interests include toxicity, glycobiology, and personalised medicines.

David learned about the bursary from his University's Placement Office, who posted the flyer on the student forum. "I applied because I wanted to take the opportunity to get a feel for the developing world of Pharmaceuticals and to see how some of our in-class material refers to the real world."

He is interested in several sessions at the upcoming (PDA EU) Annual conference as they may assist him in exploring future Ph.D. opportunities.



Key Takeaways from the Annex 1 Conference in Dublin on May 3rd, 2019


Photos & Video

PDA Ireland Chapter Annex 1, May 3, 2019


Exhibit at PDA Ireland Events

Maximize your company's exposure to key decision-makers in the pharmaceutical and Bio-pharmaceutical industries as an exhibitor and/or sponsor at PDA Ireland events.

 Meet potential buyers and take advantage of the opportunity to:

  • Gain access to industry leaders to establish and develop important relationships
  • Get exposure in front of your target audience
  • Showcase new products and services
  • Generate visibility and valuable leads
  • Convert leads into new business
  • Create brand awareness

Diamond Sponsor

(Maximum 3 sponsors)

Per Year

  • A full exhibitors table at all PDA Events (approx 3-4 per year)
  • Company name & logo & weblink on PDA Ireland website
  • Company name & logo on promotional material for PDA events
  • Company name & logo in PDA quarterly newsletter plus 50 word statement
  • 4 x Complimentary event registrations
  • Special thank you by event MC
  • Logo appearance on hold screens during coffee and lunch breaks
  • 6 Social media promotions on PDA social media platforms

Gold Sponsor

(Maximum 5 sponsors)

Per Year

  • Exhibitor table at 1 PDA Event
  • Company logo and name & weblink  on PDA Ireland website (1 month)
  • Company name & logo on PDA promotional material
  • Company name & logo in PDA quarterly newsletter plus 50 word statement
  • 4 Social media promotions
  • 2 x complimentary event registrations
  • Special thank you by event MC

Bronze Sponsor


Per Year

  • Exhibitors table at 1 PDA Event
  • Company name & logo on PDA promotional material
  • 2 Social media promotions
  • 2 x complimentary event registrations
  • Special thank you by event MC


Ireland Member Spotlight

Anne Greene

Anne Greene

Professor, Technological University (TU) Dublin
Member since
Featured Volunteer, June

President's Message

Welcome back and I hope you all had a great start to 2019. I can’t believe its six months since our first newsletter.

It was a very busy and successful finish to 2018 for the chapter hosting three great events;

  • The first was ‘ Aseptic Processing with a focus on Media Fill Simulations’ – case studies & discussion” on 04th October in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin Airport. This event was    booked to capacity and certainly didn’t disappoint. It had a great diversity of speakers providing excellent perspectives from within and beyond our industry in the form of Tony Gallagher who shared his perspective on training and assessing competency of surgeons – I still haven’t got the list of which surgeons passed his assessments!!
  • Then there was our  “Rise of outsourcing in the Pharma Industry & managing change activities” on 22nd November in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin. This event was combined with our AGM  and included a number of break-out sessions which facilitated great sharing, networking and discussion as did the music and drinks reception afterwards.
  • The third event was our Quality Culture Young Professionals event hosted by Sanofi in Waterford. Key note speaker for this event was Dr Katrin Winkler who gave an excellent presentation on “How Culture and Behaviour drive an organisation”. Two of our YP members (the two Shanes!!) facilitated discussions sharing their career experiences and benefits of membership.

Planning is well underway for 2019 with three events in the works in the first half of the year (do visit our chapter page at  or our LinkedIn page for further details).

These events have been selected based on your feedback at the AGM in November.

  • The first event  EU GMP Annex 1  will be held on 3rd May in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin. Annex 1 continues to be a key topic of discussion for our industry and the presentations/ discussion topics in this event are centred around responses from a questionnaire circulated to you; our members earlier this year. Ciara Turley from the HPRA will be a keynote speaker at this event.
  • The second is “Implementation strategies for QRM” in the Radisson in Little Island, Cork. Kevin O’Donnell from the HPRA is our keynote speaker and a number of industry speakers will be sharing their implementation experiences followed by a panel discussion.
  • Following on the success of the Sanofi YP event, a similar event is planned in MSD Carlow in May.

Our communication & marketing workstream driven by Elizabeth continues to exceed our expectations. This has led to continued engagement by sponsors allowing us to further invest and improve our events with a number of new sponsors coming on-board for 2019.  Additionally, we have seen very significant growth in our LinkedIn and Twitter presence.

None of the above would be possible without our dedicated committee/ event organising teams who continue to raise the bar to ensure we meet the expectations of our members, attendees and sponsors.

Finally, a very sincere thanks to you; the members of our Irish chapter who continue to contribute to our success and provide us with feedback to ensure we continue to strive to meet and exceed your expectations,

Le chéile tá muid níos láidre (Together we are stronger),
Declan Quinlan,
President Irish Chapter

Thank you to our 2019 Chapter Sponsors