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Introducing Pharma Leader 2019: Joe Harford



We are honoured to announce that Joe Harford will be the recipient of the Pharma Leader 2019 award, sponsored by Zenith Technologies.


This special award recognises Joe’s impressive and wide-ranging contribution and achievements within the pharma industry.


Joe will address the crowd at the sixth annual Pharma Industry Awards ceremony on Thursday, October 24th, at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin.


Joe Harford is a post-graduate of the Technology University Dublin and a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering, he held various technical and managerial positions with Bristol Myers Squibb and was General Manger of Newport Ireland Ltd.


Joe served as a Director of Yamanouchi UK (Research Institute) and President and CEO of Astellas Ireland for 20 years which was formed from the merger of Fujisawa Ireland and Yamanouchi Ireland.


Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical, Japan was the first wholly-owned Japanese pharma company to set up in Europe.


He was President of the pharmaceutical industry’s then representative body (prior to the formation of BioPharmaChem Ireland) and was a long-standing member of the National Executive of the Irish Business Employers Confederation (IBEC). He was a charter member of the Queen's University Environmental Science and Technology Research Centre (QUESTOR), Belfast.


He served as Chairperson and President of the Economic Social Research Institute for 7 years and Chairperson of IBEC’s Energy Policy Committee.


At the inauguration of the Environmental Protection Agency Joe served on its Advisory Committee.


With a small group he was involved in the establishment of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering. Later he was to become its Chairman.


He served as a board director of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.


Joe was also involved in the construction and initiation of the National Institute of Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) and later he was appointed Chair of the organisation.


For many years he chaired the National Functional Food Forum (Enterprise Ireland).


He served as Chairperson of the Government’s High Level Group on Manufacturing and was also Chairperson of the High Level Action Group on Green Enterprise. In 2017, he chaired the Government’s Technologies Futures Group which reviewed and made recommendations on future Government funding for technology investment.



For over 20 years Joe was involved with Fingal County Enterprise Board and also was Chair of its Evaluation Committee and later Chairman of the Enterprise Board.


He is currently a Director of Tara Winthrop Ltd, a healthcare and nursing facility providing care to 140 patients and employs over 200 staff.


Currently, he is serving as the sole non-governmental representative on the Performance Services Reform Oversight Group (PSROG) for all Local Authorities.


On the setting up of the Dublin Centre for Clinical Research, a collaboration of major teaching hospitals, he was its founding Chairman.


He is an active member of the Irish Academy of Engineering - having served on its Council - and he is currently Chair of the Parsons Committee which awards an annual medal to Irish Engineers who have given distinguished service to the profession.


Recently, he stepped down as Chair of the Governance Committee of the Synthesis and Solid State Centre Pharmaceutical Centre at UL.


Joe Harford will receive the Pharma Leader 2019 award at the Pharma Industry Awards 2019. The gala awards ceremony and dinner will take place on Thursday, October 24th, at The Citywest Hotel, Dublin. To book your seats to attend this event, click here.

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