Judging Panel

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, drawn from academia, business and broader related sectors will determine the winners of the Pharma Industry Awards.

Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from industry leaders who will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process ensuring that the winning entries are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving a trophy.

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective. The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, in which case that entry will be reallocated. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of all that we do.

A comprehensive judging process has been developed to decide the winners of the Pharma Industry Awards.

If you are interested in joining the judging panel, please email your details to our team: judges@businessriver.com

2023 Judging Panel

Matt Moran


Matt Moran is Director of BioPharmaChem Ireland, an industry association within Ibec that represents the biopharmachem sector in Ireland VIEW MORE

David Brayden

Professor of Advanced Drug Delivery

David Brayden is the Full Professor of Advanced Drug Delivery at University College Dublin. His research is on the oral administration of large molecules. VIEW MORE

Rachel Carmichael

Executive Director

Rachel joined NSF in 2015 and has 30 years experience in pharmaceutical manufacture and quality management including nearly 11 years as a GMDP Inspector for the UK Competent Authority, the MHRA. Rachel undertakes training, auditing and consultancy. VIEW MORE

Patricia Ennis

Lecturer (Retired)

Patricia recently retired from TUDublin and now works as an occupational Health and Safety Consultant and Corporate Trainer (Self-employed). She specialises in chemical safety training. VIEW MORE

Adrienne Fleming

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Adrienne Fleming is a Senior Lecturer in Science in the School of Chemical and BioPharmaceutical Sciences at the Technological University Dublin. VIEW MORE

Michael Gillen

Senior Executive

Michael is a Senior Executive with BioPharmaChem Ireland & Head of occupational safety & health (OSH) policy in Ibec. He is deputy chairperson of the Management & Executive Boards of the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work VIEW MORE

Anne Greene

Head of Part-Time Education in the School of Chemical and BioPharmaceutical Sciences

Professor Anne Greene is Head of Part-Time Education in the School of Chemical and BioPharmaceutical Sciences in TU Dublin. She is also the founder and director of the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science Team in TU Dublin. VIEW MORE

John Henchion

VP for Europe

John is a 25 year plus industry professional. John is an experienced QP with a decade's experience releasing both commercial and clinical product to market. John holds a hons Degree in Chemistry from Kingston University, London and three post graduate diplomas from Trinity College Dublin and IMI/UCC VIEW MORE

Helena Kelly

Professor Drug Delivery

Pharmacist and academic with a focus on teaching and research in the field of advanced drug delivery systems across a range of disease states, and a particular interest in the potential for drug delivery approaches to improve outcomes in difficult to treat cancers. VIEW MORE

Damien Keogh

Chief Executive Officer | Director

Dr. Damien Keogh, PhD, CEO of BluMaiden Biosciences, pioneers AI-driven biomarker and small molecule therapeutics discovery from the human microbiome, advancing Pharma drug innovation. VIEW MORE

Sandra Lenihan

Lecturer in Chemical and Biopharma Engineering

Dr. Sandra Lenihan Lecturer, Dept of Process, Energy and Transport Engineering, Munster Technological University VIEW MORE

Anita Maguire


Anita Maguire is Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at UCC, Head of School of Chemistry and Director, UCC’s Future Pharmaceuticals. A SSPC Co-PI, Anita leads a research team in synthetic organic chemistry, which interacts extensively with the pharmaceutical sector in Ireland and internationally. VIEW MORE

John Milne

Director of Training

John is employed as Training Director at NIBRT engaged in addressing workforce readiness and skills initiatives for the wider Biopharma Industry. John has previously been employed in various roles in technical operations within the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry in regulated facilities. VIEW MORE

Bernard Naughton

Assistant Professor

Dr Naughton is an interdisciplinary researcher and Academic Director of the MSc in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology, at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. His research and teaching focusses on medicine quality, and healthcare innovation. VIEW MORE

Lorcan O'Toole

Senior Director, NPI and Alliance Management

Lorcan O’Toole is Senior Director, NPI and Alliance Management at Aerie Pharmaceuticals Ireland Ltd, an Alcon company, based in Athlone. VIEW MORE

Joseph O’Shea

Lecturer in Pharmaceutics and director of the MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems in the School of Pharmacy

Dr O’Shea is a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics and director of the MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems in the School of Pharmacy, UCC. VIEW MORE

Dr. Bernadette Whelan


Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Science and Programme Leader for levels 6, 7 & 8 programmes in Good Manufacturing Practice, and Pharmaceutical Technology. Previous experience in Quality, Technical and Operations roles in the pharmaceutical industry. VIEW MORE