Partnering with pharmaceutical companies
to deliver their product strategy
PRIMECORE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Cormac is the founder and Managing Director of Primecore Program Management. He has over 30 years experience in the pharmaceutical and biologics industry. He has been a senior executive with such firms as Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb and Merck. Cormac is a leading program and portfolio management professional who has carried out significant assignments as a consultant for major pharmaceutical and biologics firms, including leading the program management of major product related technical transfers and their associated teams. Cormac listens carefully to the needs of the client and in a calm manner formulates and, working closely with the clients, frames agreed action plans. He provides insights in a measured but candid manner, taking time to ensure that his messages are fully understood.
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Chem. Eng CEng FIChemE
Dara is an experienced Program Manager with over 20 years experience managing large Bio-pharmaceutical projects on behalf of blue chip companies such as Bristol Myers Squibb, Warner Lambert and Wyeth. Dara’s approach to Program Management is business focused and inclusive of the wider Project Stakeholder Team. He promotes the execution of programs in a structured and phased manner, placing emphasis on the importance of early Program phase development. In addition to executing large capital projects on behalf of client companies, Dara has also spent a number of years executing pharmaceutical projects on behalf of engineering and construction management firms. In more recent years Dara has provided consultant support to blue chip companies seeking to execute large capital programs in line with current program management ‘best practices’. Dara is a chartered engineer with an MBA qualification from an internationally recognized business school.
Qualifications: BEng, CE, MBA
Proven technical, operational, compliance and OE expertise developed leading a global pharmaceutical organisation. An excellent track record in leading sustained improvements in manufacturing operations, delivering efficiency, effectiveness and reliability through lean implementation and operational excellence. Capability to understand and optimize complex global end to end supply chains, third parties, and global support functions within a matrix organization.
Bill is a leader who builds strong multi-functional teams working collaboratively to develop operational, compliance, budgeting and cost management skills while maintaining key business drivers. He is a highly driven individual and an excellent communicator who builds strong internal and external relationships.
Qualifications: Degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering – Trinity College Dublin
Degree in Mathematics – Trinity College Dublin
ASSOCIATE PARTNER /
HEAD OF BOSTON OFFICE
ASSOCIATE PARTNER / HEAD OF BOSTON OFFICE
Denis brings 20 years of progressive leadership experience within established pharmaceutical / bio tech organizations, executing operations and strategic investment programs across all areas of the business (R&D, Technical Operations and Commercial). Denis has led multiple initiatives that have required the build out and enhancement of organizational capability, through the development of teams and business processes. Denis is an experienced Program Manager and has led strategic cross functional expansion and restructuring programs in Europe and the US requiring a strong focus on change management principles. Denis has extensive experience in facilities, engineering and global capital management for life sciences companies. Denis addresses tough challenges in a thoughtful and organized way. He focuses on providing practical client solutions to enable effective strategy deployment and strategic program/project execution, leveraging best practice and his in-depth experiences as a leader of change, in many dynamic life sciences companies.
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Mech. Eng., Diploma in Applied Project Management (IPMA), Operational Excellence – CSSGB
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Finance Director with strong operational and commercial experience implementing strategic change.
Worked with numerous companies, public and private, spanning a very wide range of activities, from manufacturing and volume distribution, to high tech start-ups, medical device and pharmaceutical, covering every stage of business development. Implemented systems recovery, gross margin improvement and overhead reduction projects. Negotiated financing, acquisitions and disposals of companies and of their assets.
Qualifications: Comm., FCA
A highly accomplished professional with in-depth knowledge and experience in sales, marketing and new business development in the Financial Services and Telecommunications industries. A track record in strategic planning and customer relationship management with a drive to create real business value. An experienced leader with a focus on coaching, mentoring and developing teams. Strong commercial awareness with a problem solving attitude.
Qualifications: Bachelor in Commerce, B.Comm (Hons), University College Dublin, Ireland
Master in Business Administration MBA, Henley Business School, United Kingdom
Primecore’s Talent Management Leader, works closely with the Partners to identify and on-board key talent. Working with existing and newly recruited talent to develop their personalized training and capability plan; thereby ensuring a consistency with the Primecore approach. Maria is a strategic thinker, highly organised with strong communicational skills and is excellent at building genuine relationships. She oversees the development and mentoring programs of the Primecore Team.
GROUP OPERATIONS AND IT
GROUP OPERATIONS AND IT
Colette is a Senior Manager with 10+ yrs experience. Colette has a strong business and financial background in operations, customer services and finance in high-tech multinational environments. Highly developed skills in team and change management. Dedicated to creating a culture of customer satisfaction. CPA Qualified and Dips in Business Studies and Computing. Colette was a member of start-up core team for two multi-national company sites in Ireland.
Qualifications: CPA Qualified, IATI
Prior to joining Primecore, Antoinette was Company Director and a leading member of a management buyout team of a successful medical device company for 11 years, growing the company from 27% to 43% GM business. In 2013 she led the Project Team which doubled the size of the clean room operations. The project was delivered within the required 12 month timeframe and within the allocated budget of €2.8M.
Antoinette’s strengths lie in combining an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit to drive multifunctional projects. She has a talent for troubleshooting difficult business issues in order to overcome obstacles and achieve business results. With extensive management experience in both the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, Antoinette has developed knowledge and experience in Health and Safety, Quality and HR. She has discovered a passion and talent for driving compliance and Project Management across multifunctions
Qualifications: Dip in Industrial Relations, Dip in Legal Studies,
PhD Industrial Microbiology
David is a results driven, professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in portfolio, program, project and change management within manufacturing in locations in US, Europe and Africa. He has strong relationship building, facilitation, program and project management and team leading skills. Additionally, he has significant experience in the application of operational excellence and continuous improvement techniques including 5S, structured problem solving, asset care strategy development and business risk assessment.
Qualifications: M.Eng, C.Eng
Dervilia brings to Primecore over 15 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry with specific expertise in technical transfer, process development and optimisation, systems validation and operational excellence. Dervilia has a BSc. in Industrial Biochemistry and a diploma in Project Management. More recently she completed a MSc in Strategy and Innovation from National University of Ireland, Maynooth where she also received the school of business overall best performance award. Dervilia has worked on a number of small and large scale start up facility projects providing innovative solutions in facility design and operational excellence to deliver projects to global regulatory standards.
She was directly involved in regulatory inspections with the HPRA and FDA. Dervilia is a certified trainer and lectures in pharmaceutical manufacturing, quality risk management and systems validation at diploma and degree level.
Qualifications: BSc. in Industrial Biochemistry
Diploma in Project Management
MSc in Strategy and Innovation
David has over 30 years’ experience as a Manufacturing Operations Leader at site operations and regional operations network level with global multinational companies spanning regulated biopharmaceutical and medical device industries, electronics assembly and electronic component industries – Merck, Tyco Healthcare, GE, Motorola, Xerox; David’s responsibilities have included greenfield start-ups, brownfield expansions, managing established site operations and site consolidations ; David is Black Belt certified with the capability and proven track record for crafting and executing strategies to establish stable and predictable end to end supply chains based on the principles of waste elimination and variation reduction ; David has a demonstrated ability to install the supporting transformational elements – operating systems, management infrastructure, mind sets & behaviours – to realise impactful business outcomes and sustained high performance. David is a relentless advocate for developing colleague and client capability through the shared learning process of problem solving and David extends this support to the broader professional community through a teaching role with University College Dublin on a post graduate Masters in Engineering Management program.
Qualifications: BE ( Mechanical ), MIE Master of Industrial Engineering, MBA
Martin was a Senior Director at Baxter/Baxalta with 25 yrs experience. Martin has a strong background in engineering, process development, project and program management both for large capital projects as well as technology transfer and start up projects. He was project director for a vaccine plant in the Czech Republic, a recombinant plant in Singapore and several smaller projects in Austria, Switzerland and US. He led technology transfers to CMOs and to licencing partners in Japan and Brazil. He also led CMC teams for market introduction of Baxter’s pipeline portfolio. A recombinant FVIII and FIX were successfully licensed.
Qualifications: Msc in Biotechnology, University of Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
Ken has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry (predominately at Merck & Co.) as an Engineering, Facility, and Project Leader. He had a leadership role in the design, construction, and startup of the Biologics pilot plant (160K ft2) at Merck’s West Point facility. The Greenfield facility was designed for flexibility to support different manufacturing platforms for clinical trial materials. After turnover, Ken assembled and led the engineering organization for the new facility. He also led several major vaccine manufacturing expansion projects at the West Point site.
Qualifications: BChE, Villanova University, MBA, Rutgers University
Helen is a highly experienced Program and Project Manager with over 25 years’ experience, who brings strong technical and people management capabilities to bear in her leadership of all aspects of capital program and project delivery. Helen is an excellent communicator and team leader with experience across a variety of Pharmaceutical areas and other high-tech industries, who has operated in the both the roles of owner and consultant Program or Project Manager. She has a background in Chemical Engineering and holds an MBA.
Qualifications: BE (Hons) Chemical Engineering
Masters of Business Administration
C. Zoe Hoeppner, PhD
Zoe is a high energy results oriented independent life science strategy consultant with experience across both technical and commercial operations. Zoe is passionate about seeking clarity in ambiguity through structured strategic planning so that we can move ideas into action and catalyze commercialization for sustainable success. Recent focus has been on strategic planning activities for both clinical and commercial stage assets to ensure sustainable supply. Previous work has included launch planning and market development strategy, as well as training and development for laboratory personnel.
Education: University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology
University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Bachelor of Science in Biological Science, minor in Biochemistry
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Certificate Course in Fermentation Biology
Roy brings over 25 years of multinational pharmaceutical experience with Merck/MSD during which he held leadership roles in a variety of functions including Automation, Safety & Security, Warehousing & Logistics. He is an accomplished and influential Senior Logistics Professional with extensive operations and compliance leadership experience on multiple sites across EMEA. His expertise spans green field site start-up; controlling a multi-site/multi-million Euro budget; post-merger integration of legacy operations to global organisational standards. Roy is a commercially minded professional with experience in driving strategy, leading high value change projects in both dynamic and challenging economic environments. He is an excellent communicator with exceptional leadership and relationship skills. In his last role lead a 100 person logistics organisation across 6 manufacturing sites in Ireland &the UK to best industry standards in a highly regulated & competitive life sciences environment.
Diploma in Executive Coaching with the Irish Management Institute
SCHEDULE MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT
Marian is an experienced project controls manager with a background in a number of Public Sector bodies and in Commercial, Residential, Industrial and Life Sciences sectors.
Marian and has over seventeen years experience in the areas of project management, cost engineering, scheduling, estimating, sub-contracts management, validation planning & field engineering. Marian’s experience extends to commercial / retail development, residential, office, bulk chemical, pharmaceutical, sterile production facilities and laboratory projects.
Marian has worked in Ireland, UK, France, Spain and Puerto Rico, USA, overcoming various different cultural and language barriers to achieve excellent project results.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science In Construction Management WIT
CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) (Health & Safety)
Institute of Project Management Ireland
CONSULTANT IN MANUFACURING OPERATIONS
Chris brings extensive experience as an Oral Solid Dosage Manufacturing Manager. He has 20 + years experience in the Pharmaceutical industry. Knowledge of all stages of tablet manufacture from Granulation through to tablet Printing/branding and automatic inspection.
He has spent a period in Japan investigating market complaints on finished colour coated printed tablets. Chris is conversant with Japanese quality standards. He has strong analytical ability and problem solving skills together with experience in identifying and implementing significant improvements in productivity, reducing manufacturing costs and inventory levels. Capable of forming and working in a team environment. He has an excellent record in people management and development.
Qualifications: Diploma in Supervisory Management, NCI
CAPITAL PROJECTS MANAGER – BIOTECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST
Conor is an accomplished Senior Engineering Manager with 20+ year track record of leadership as engineering head, capital program and senior project manager across Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and other sectors.
He successfully planned and executed over 20 projects with a value > €5M, up to €100M green-field facility.
Conor has led various strategic business, and technology, initiatives from preliminary scope development through to feasibility assessment and tactical execution. Conor brings operational rigor to an engineering environment through implementation of goal setting and best practice project management methodologies to ensure service and project delivery within budget , on-time, and in compliance with environmental health and safety standards and business objectives.
Conor is an experienced and adaptable leader of teams, including contract providers, with a passion for creating environments where people can learn, improve and develop.
Qualifications: B.E. Chemical Engineering
FINANCE & OPERATIONS COSTS
FINANCE & OPERATIONS COST CONSULTANT
Patrick has extensive experience in financial management for pharmaceutical manufacturing in US, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Specific expertise in product costing, budgeting, capital management, internal auditing, merger integration of Plants and strategy development for manufacturing division. Recognized for leadership in managing, developing, motivating and promoting 40+ staff in financial services. Four years of Animal Health experience focused on sales and customer service support for a $550M business, supply chain optimization and branding a new entity. Proven record of success in managing merger synergy savings and long term strategy goals while driving change management using Six Sigma tools. Holds both US and European passports.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, University College, Dublin, Ireland
FINANCE & OPERATIONS
FINANCE & OPERATIONS COSTS CONSULTANT
Cyril has 25 + years experience as a Finance Director with strong operational and commercial experience implementing capital intensive strategic change.
A highly effective team leader, an excellent communicator, results driven, excelling in high standards of management. He has provided Financial oversight of capital investments on behalf ‘Greenfield’ Capital Projects – €600M – Largest single capital investment project undertaken by US pharmaceutical company outside of the US. Cyril has implemented effective project control systems at Irish sites and ensured that a steadfast reputation was earned for delivering projects on time and within budget.
Qualifications: Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
OPERATIONS SUPPORT US
OPERATIONS SUPPORT US
Amanda has over 7 years administrative/operations experience supporting Senior Executives, EVP, Operations Manager, Accounting and Finance Manager. Her responsibilities have included planning meetings & events, producing reports and accounts payable/receivable. Amanda is a great multi-tasker with a get it done attitude. She has a great personality with excellent communication skills and ensures that the day to day operations in the Primecore Boston office are carried out efficiently and professionally.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science – Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
Elizabeth is an experienced administrator with excellent planning and organizational skills. She has 10+ years experience as a Travel Consultant with some of Ireland’s leading tour operators.
Elizabeth is a qualified Payroll Technician and an experienced Bookkeeper. She has co-run a successful business since 2006 and is fully proficient in all aspects of office management.
She brings effective communication skills, both written and oral to her role in Primecore.
OPERATIONS SUPPORT EMEA
OPERATIONS SUPPORT EMEA
Niamh has over 9 years operations and administration experience, having worked in Membership Management, as an Administration Manager and in a support role to Senior Executives.
Her responsibilities have included ERP, producing reports and presentations, publishing industry specific magazines, coordinating client retention projects and planning meetings & national events.
Niamh is adaptable & creative – helping ensure the day to day operations in the Primecore Europe office are carried out effectively.
Qualifications: B.A. Media Studies & English – Maynooth University