Award Winner (Gordon Personeus Award) 2023: Phil DeSantis

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Phil DeSantis

Phil DeSantis

PDA has been an invaluable part of my career for over forty years.  It has given me the opportunity to meet and learn from the best people in the industry, as well as to contribute to the growth of others.  PDA has also been a fertile ground to express my own thoughts as I gained expertise and experience beyond my normal work functions.  I am proud of my various small contributions and extremely honored to have received an award named for one of my early mentors.  I look forward to PDA’s continuing efforts and influence in the pursuit of best practices to ensure safe and effective drug products.

About Phil DeSantis

Phil DeSantis is a pharmaceutical consultant, specializing in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Compliance. He focuses on standards and practices for capital projects, facility and equipment-related site operations, sterilization and contamination control, and process validation.

Phil is a chemical engineer, having received a BSChE from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSChE from New Jersey Institute of Technology.  With over fifty years of pharmaceutical industry experience, he has published or contributed to numerous articles, technical reports, and books in the area of validation and pharmaceutical engineering.  He is co-editor of the fourth edition of the Handbook of Validation of Pharmaceutical Processes, the definitive text in the field.

Phil joined PDA in 1980, following in the footsteps of his friend and mentor Fred Carleton and his colleague Jim Agalloco.  He has presented several papers at PDA national and local meetings, mostly related to sterilization and process validation.  A working group member on multiple technical reports and “points to consider”, Phil was also a member of the PDA Annex 1 response team.  He is past Chair of the PDA Science Advisory Board with ten years of continuous service as a member, Vice-chair, and Chair.

Phil DeSantis