Hi, my name is Dáire. I’m 25 and I’m from Lahinch, Co. Clare. I went to college at NUI Galway and hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, graduating in 2019. As part of my Bachelor’s degree, in 2017 I spent 8 months on co-operative placement in Boston Scientific Galway, working as a member of the process development team on a minimally invasive aortic valve replacement device.
When I finished college, I found it tough to make that first step into industry. While having good experience, I found getting past the interview hurdle challenging. When I heard about the Validation programme at Innopharma, I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to learn, improve my skills and to help me make that leap into industry. The programme was great. I learned a lot about all the different aspects of validation from Audrey and Luke, which was something I would not have known a great deal about previously. The interview training with Caroline was also a great help and gave me confidence going into interviews which I wouldn’t have had before.
Thankfully I managed to get placed with Amgen in Dún Laoghaire and I’m now working as part of the Equipment Qualification team here. Amgen are a huge multinational biotechnology company specializing in the production of biological therapeutics and it’s an honour for me to be taking on a role here.
Outside work I have a huge interest in sport. I play Gaelic football and golf with my local clubs Ennistymon GAA and Lahinch Golf Club. I would also be a big Manchester United fan. I’m delighted to be joining the team at Innopharma!