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September 2023 Recruitment: Applications are closing and students are arriving!   

Congratulations to everyone on the incredible success of our September recruitment period! With a whopping 15 courses starting across three locations, and an impressive enrollment of 900 students, it's evident that the hard work and dedication of each team member paid off tremendously. Your collective efforts in guiding applicants through the process and ensuring a smooth transition into our programmes have not only met but exceeded our expectations. Thank you all for your exceptional commitment, which set us up for a fantastic academic term ahead! 

We are also welcoming 165 International Students this September with a further 173 paid applicants in the pipeline for February. 

A Big Milestone! First BSc as an independent college!

In July, after a lot of hard work, the team attended the panel interview to receive validation for our Level 7 BSc in Process Digitalisation, We walked away with fantastic news with our first BSc validation as an independent college.

YoY Student Comparisons

YoY Comparions

Digital Transformation Class

Digital Transformation Class

Excellence in Learning Awards night  

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Learning & Developing Awards in the Best Coaching or Mentoring Initiative. Our award submission included ‘The Innopharma Way’ which was received well. The awards night took place on the 22nd of September at the Killashee Hotel. It was a great night although we didn't win, we were in very good company among all short-listed companies, which was a broad mix of leading retail, FMCG, financial etc. from Ireland.  Here we are with the MC Marty Whelan, who still brings all the best Dad jokes and was really roasting some RTE colleagues who were in attendance. 

We scrub up well !!!

Excellence in Learning Awards

A few trophy's to add to the cabinet!

Digital Media Awards  

At the end of September, We picked up the Best Integrated Digital Campaign award at the Digital Media Awards, beating the likes of Heineken, McDonald's, Electric Ireland and Sky!! Absolutely over the moon with award #4 this year. The results from the Global Content Awards and Klaviyo awards are still awaited so we might be wrapping up the year with a few more. 

Content Marketing Award Winners 

In August, the marketing team won two global awards at the Content Marketing Awards!   We won the Best Content Marketing Program in Education and Best E-newsletter!! 🔥 The team is buzzing that we have picked up such an important award for both our Content and Email channels - a huge testament to the work we have put in over the past few years. What we're even more delighted about is that we beat some BIG players like Duolingo, Ogilvy, Marriott International, IBM and Columbia Business School among others! What an incredible achievement 

Marketing Awards

Marketing Awards

AMTCE Collaboration 

It’s not a name change but a correction of usage! We were incorrectly referring to our partner on short courses & micro credential programmes as the ETB. It’s the AMTCE (The Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre of Excellence) - yes we know it’s a mouthful!!. The purpose of the AMTCE is to provide training on state-of-the-art equipment and processes which will underpin the transition of Irish companies to industry 4.0 based operations. AMTCE only work with those in employment so anyone looking to join any of the courses must be employed & have an EU passport/Stamp 4 visa.  

Skills Proposal 2023

In line with the European Year of Skills, Innopharma Education published a Skills Proposal to ministers and other decision-makers. We developed our proposal in partnership with industry and the higher education community, coupled with consideration of current government policy, the recent OECD report on Ireland’s Skills Strategy and the imminent EGFSN Report on the biopharma sector. A lot of hard work and time went into this document - thanks to all the team who were involved. Below is a snippet of the proposal.

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Midwest Regional Update

Exams August 2023 recap per location 

Limerick & Athlone: Over 250 students sat exams over the 2 weeks. Overall, they went very well and it was great to see our repeat students attending so they can complete their programme .   On the last day of their exams we provided refreshments and got to chat with our students and offer advice about their academic & career progression.

Regional Inductions Level 6 Food and Pharma Classes

In Limerick:  L6 Pharma Class list= 69- (4 of these progression) & L6 Food Class list= 28 (17 of these progression)

Regional Events

Jennifer & Alex at the ECR Ireland Conference

Jennifer & Alex at the ECR Ireland Conference


New page designs went live! 

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new website pages on the Education site, after a lot of hard work and dedication. Our goal was to streamline the user experience, ensuring that finding the perfect course is now a breeze, requiring just a few clicks.  

Unleashing Talent for the Future

Unleashing Talent for the Future

Skills Event Announcement  

As most of you know, we are hosting our own Skills Event ‘Unleashing Talent for the Future’ on the 22nd of November in the Westin Hotel. This event aligns with the European Year of Skills and is for people, talent & organisational leaders. We are delighted to have Jonathan McCrea as our host for the day. Jonathan McCrea is a TV and radio broadcaster and founder of Whipsmart Media, a communications consultancy based in Dublin. He is the founder of science communications conference SCI:COM and a highly regarded keynote speaker on future technologies and communication strategies. 

More exciting news! We have locked in Lars Sudmann as our keynote speaker for the event. Head over to the event page to find out more.  

Our regional team

Our regional team

Events and site visits Mid West Region 

 A very busy 3 months with the following events and site visits happening and more to occur over the coming months.These event are a great opportunities to promote our programmes and get to meet our students whom are working within these companies.  

Some events we attended:

  • Limerick Open Day   

  • Teleflex 

  • Galway Open Day 

  • Limerick Open Day  

  • Merit Galway  

  • Beckman Coulter 

  • Southcourt Hotel  

  • Site visit Limerick  

  • Clayton Hotel Limerick  

  • TUS 

  • Parkmore Business Park 

  • Athlone Springs Hotel  

  • WOW Roscommon Bushiness Summit 

Conversion of over 15  students for our Sept 23 intake from these events plus many more pipelined for Jan 24 intake 

Regional Inductions

Regional Inductions

DSP Employer Road Show 

David & Alex met with DSP contact Rose Slattery to discuss more options of promoting courses to jobseekers. Moving forward, we want case officers to identify suitable potential students and inform them of events we promote with Intreo through email.  

Alex & David at the DSP road show!

Alex & David

The two Ann's in Stryker Cork

The two Ann's in Stryker Cork

New Website Video Resources

We have expanded the website to include a range of videos that we have produced. These include product demos, webinars and training videos. Video Resources | Innopharma Technology. There will be more additions on a regular basis to further build up our video library.  

Technology Events

Technology Events

Digital Maturity and Sustainability Assessment (DMSA)  

The DMSA was developed to analyse the digital and green transitions underway in industry. Major manufacturing companies in Pharma and Med Devices have undergone the assessment since its launch to compare their current state with their future goals and to develop a holistic roadmap toward human-centricity, sustainability, and resilience. Through the Horizon Europe project One4All, InnoGlobal has deployed the DMSA to more industries across Europe – the Czechia manufacturing site of Orifarm, a parallel importer, and the olive processing and packaging plant Madama Oliva in Italy. The assessment process was extremely well received, validating the approach and model, ad giving us benchmarking for and valuable insights into other process industries, extending the applicability of the tool. The DMSA will be carried out at intervals throughout the One4All project as a measure of progress. Through this project we will also extend what the DMSA can capture and report – so watch this space!  

Joining the Community of Practice Industry 5.0 

InnoGlobal has become a member of the EC launched Industry 5.0 Community of Practice.  

The Industry 5.0 Community of Practice (CoP 5.0) will bring together a broad range of European innovation ecosystem stakeholders to share good practices, co-create actions to implement Industry 5.0, contribute to the New European Innovation Agenda (NEIA) implementation, and provide a platform for members to network and establish new collaborations. It will help create a value proposition for stakeholders at the local, regional, national, and European levels to promote and apply Industry 5.0 principles and practices. It will facilitate an opportunity for stakeholders to share ideas, foster synergies, and receive support in transforming traditional business models into more impactful ones. 

  • InnoGlobal will be involved in the co-development of a prototype diagnostic tool for Industry 5.0. This qualitative assessment visual tool will assist companies/organizations in evaluating their Industry 5.0 performance based on the triple pillars of human-centricity, resilience, and sustainability.  


  • Horizon Europe application: InnoGlobal has led the submission of a Research Project [RENEW4AU] for the Horizon Europe’s call titled ‘Accelerating the green transition and energy access in Africa’. We led a consortium composed of 13 Members (6 EU Organisation and 7 AU organisation) comprising, HEI, SMEs and start-ups. The overarching goal of the proposal is demonstrating that the use of a user-centered microgrid renewable energy technologies is the enabler for building a revolutionary approach where users and more generally the local community’ well-being is placed at the core of the technology’s design paradigm. The proposal aims at leveraging new advanced technologies to create wealth beyond employment and development, all while keeping conscious of the planet’s production restrictions.  

Daniela at ASPIRE P4Planet Panel

Daniela at ASPIRE P4Planet Panel

Ian's trip to the USA

Ian in the US

product demo page

Innopharma Technology Website

Speaking slots

There has been a lot of events, with the SSPC Research Consortium, BioPharmChem Ireland Conference, I-Form Industry Collaboration. There was also a trip to Brussels 

SmartWorkshops (formerly known as SmartLabs)  

SmartWorkshops is a new offering for students of our digitalisation programmes – live remote workshops where learners can engage hands-on with topics in digitalisation and automation like industrial internet of things, data management, visualisation, storytelling, predictive analytics, simulation, automated process control and digital twins.   

The unique selling point here is that it will allow students to gain valuable experience working with cutting edge technologies using real world data, generated in real-time from Innopharma’s own industrial processing equipment and process analytical technology from our QC lab in Sandyford, where students can interact with the physical equipment from anywhere in the world.  

screenshot of the smartx HMI featuring improved data visualisations

Key SmartX Updates this Quarter 

Figure 1 - Screenshot of the SmartX HMI featuring improved data visualisations 

Our SmartX technology received several major updates in the past quarter, all of which have added big improvements in the areas of security, performance and scalability.  Our most recent updates include: 

  • Integration of InfluxDB timeseries database technology with the SmartX HMI which enhances the accuracy of data visualisations as well as faster performance and the ability to handle more data 

  • A new multi-process Python script execution engine has been developed which greatly improves the safety, robustness and performance of our low-code / no-code process automation technology 

  • Further enhancements to our MQTT IoT device support to improve security and cloud connectivity – these updates are being rolled out as part of SmartWorkshops 

  • Migration of SmartX Cloud Apps to newer VueJS based user interface technologies – the legacy code has been replaced with more up to date technologies giving us the benefits of improved security and performance as well as making the code easier to maintain (and we have a lot of code in SmartX!)

Level 6 Pharma Labs Begin 

This October & November we will facilitate, for the first time, the Level 6 Pharma Science labs for a total of 285 students onsite at Innopharma in both our Process and Analytical labs.  

The labs will run over a total of 9 days. We are very busy preparing for kick off on October 31st. Exciting times ahead! 

Trip to Belgium for the Project Forum – Process for Planet


Panel 3: Decarbonization, facilitated by Daniela Angione (InnoGlobal), A.SPIRE Ambassadors Group Chair (Location: Chestnut Room 2, first floor) 


InnoGlobal is now on social media!

InnoGlobal has officially launched its own social media presence! We're now active on both LinkedIn and Twitter, and we're looking forward to connecting with a wider audience. In our pursuit of growth and outreach, we believe that social media platforms play a pivotal role in engaging with our community, partners, and potential clients. Your support in this endeavor is invaluable. If you could please follow our accounts and actively engage with the content we'll be sharing. Your likes, comments, and shares will help us amplify our reach and make meaningful connections in the space.

Here are the links to our official accounts to stay up to date with what's happening:

In September, Ian flew to Boston to meet with Congress to discuss important topics; Industry 5.0, Transformative Skills Initiatives in Africa and building medicine manufacturing capabilities in SSA. Matt Moran also attended these meetings! It was great to see such a high level of interest and support from the Congress.

We are delighted to introduce the newest members of our Team below:

John Mullaney

I am originally from Claremorris, Co. Mayo and currently living in Lucan, Dublin.  

Most of my 3rd level education I have done alongside work – oh yes, that 6-10pm day-evenings and snoozy Saturday shifts, so it is a little bit unconventional. The main components were a diploma in electronic engineering at ITT, BEng via Open University and MSc Energy Management & Renewable Energy at DIT. There have been other shorter excursions too so do not be surprised if you bump into me at a Pharma related session somewhere along the way. 

I have worked across several different sectors in my career to date including electronic equipment manufacturing, service engineering (medical & lab equipment), energy & sustainability management and PPP contract management. A lot of the companies I worked for no longer exist, which my wife likes to pin on me, but let me assure you it is purely coincidental. Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and Vasogen are two consigned to dust while UDG Healthcare and Sodexo are doing quite nicely (she rarely mentions that!). Since completing the Advanced Validation Techniques course with Innopharma this Summer, I have been working as a Technical Writer at Grifols, Grange Castle. I’m part of a team of three Innopharma staff embedded in the Validation Department, working on a documentation project with a regulatory focus.  

When not working I enjoy going outdoors cycling or walking. In my current role I can cycle to work – 20 minutes each way. I have always enjoyed working with wood, which includes collecting an annual supply for my wood burner and more recently making green wood furniture, particularly stools. (Tip-offs for wood supplies always welcome). But most of all, food is my #1 passion, thinking or reading about it, but especially tucking into something interesting. Right now, I am going through a Chinese phase figuring out how to work a wok without constantly setting off the fire alarm with ginger fumes. 

Paula Curran  

Hi, I'm Paula, I completed a degree in analytical chemistry. I have worked previously for Baxter healthcare and Schering plough. I am excited to be working with Innopharma with such amazing people & my role currently is Validation Technical writer at Grifols. My hobbies are tennis & I love to travel when I can.

Baby News 

Congratulations to Mohammed Faheem Sajid, working as part of our team in Takeda, on the birth of his baby boy Yusuf 💙 Best wishes to you & your family.

Wedding Bells  

Congratulations to Suvriti Bali & her husband on their recent wedding. We wish you lots of love & happiness. 

Congratulations to Omotayo Hammad Ajayi & his wife on their recent wedding. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness. 


New Starters 

Isobel Hickey- Programme Co ordinator in Limerick  

Hi all- I am absolutely delighted to be joining the team in the mid-west. I am no stranger to Innopharma as I started my journey as a student a few years ago completing the higher certificate and then going on to most recently completing the L7 BSC in Process Technologies. It’s great now to be on the other side of it and being able to support the students with my knowledge of what they are experiencing.  I am very excited to continue to grow in my new role and utilize my knowledge of the student experience to support them in successfully achieving their goals with Innopharma Education 



Enda Conneran 

Hi, my name is Enda from Galway. I studied Science at the University of Galway and graduated from there in 2018. Since then, I’ve worked in manufacturing roles with Abbott Diagnostics in Sligo and Aerie Pharmaceuticals in Athlone before pursuing the advanced validation programme at Innopharma. I’m currently working as a Validation Engineer at Chanelle Pharma in Loughrea. I’m a huge sports fan and try to kick a ball around the pitch sometimes! Delighted to be part of the Innopharma team. 

Tajally Zia 

My name is Tajally Zia. I have done my master's in industrial pharmacy and have more than 8 years of experience as a validation engineer in the pharmaceutical industry. Currently working with CSV team at Regeneron, Limerick.  

In my spare time, I love to travel and go to new places, meeting new people. If you see me in Regeneron, please say hello. I would appreciate that. I'm excited to be part of the team. Looking forward to meeting everyone soon. 


Weddings and baby news

Technical Services Recruitment  

We recently completed our recruitment for our 23rd Validation Programme commencing on October 2nd. We had huge interest in our programme with over 230 applications! We look forward to expanding our team soon. 


Quote from our Validation Engineer

Quote from our Validation Engineer


Golf Event  

Caroline Fanneran, Paul Hession & Sandra Mooney attended the Galway Chamber Annual Golf Classic in August, Well done coming in 2nd place!  #TeamInnopharma!  ⛳ 


Our Pros!

Golf Event

Tough competition!