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Senior Programme Lectures 

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Luke Kiernan

Luke has over 20 years of experience within the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, having previously worked with Pfizer, Wyeth, Elan and Gerard Laboratories. Luke has held various management roles, in Technical Services, Validation, Process Development, Regulatory Affairs, Analytical Development, Quality Control and Quality Assurance.

Luke holds a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Glamorgan and an MSc in Instrumental methods of Analysis from Dublin City University.

Ann Ryan

Ann Ryan is an experienced Training Development Professional. A key focus of her role involves working closing with organisations within the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Food sectors to plan, develop and coordinate customised training programs specific to an organisation’s needs. She assists organisations in all aspects of training development, including training needs analysis, instructional design and training implementation. In addition, as a program manager and lecturer on the Team Lead and Professional Development modules, Ann works closely with Innopharma Education students managing all aspects of program management from induction to graduation. This involves assisting students transition in to industry with a view developing areas including soft skills awareness, critical thinking and problem-solving ability.

One piece of advice Ann would give a student looking to kick start or progress their career in the STEM Sector is to recognise the importance of passion and enthusiasm. Many employers will hire for the attitude and will train for skills. If you have the right attitude, it will always take you further than qualifications alone.

Paula Kearney

Paula has over 24 year’s experience within the pharmaceutical industry having previously worked in MSD Swords, Ipsen Beaufour and Gerard Laboratories. Throughout her career, Paula has gained extensive experience in both drug substance and drug product manufacturing. Paula held senior laboratory roles in both the microbiology and analytical services fields prior to progressing her career into Learning and Development. Paula now designs and delivers bespoke training programmes for industry. 

Paula also lectures for the Institute of Technology Tallaght, Griffith College Dublin and Innopharma College of Applied Science Dublin delivering modules in GMP, Aseptic Practices and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Technology. Paula holds a BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Business Operations from Griffith College Dublin.

Admissions Team

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Alexandra Furbee

Education Coordinator

Alexandra Furbee manages Innopharma springboard admissions in the pharmaceutical industry, assists in orientation and registration of students. She is programme manager for all certificate students based in Dublin and oversees the international student recruitment. Alexandra graduated from a Masters Irish Studies from University College Dublin and a BA Honours Degree in Political Science from Flagler College. Having previously worked in undergrad admissions at Liberal Arts College in USA and having worked with Innopharma for over three and a half years, she has several years’ experience.

Mary Jensen 

Mary graduated from Innopharma with a MSc in Food Business Management & Technology. She has several years’ experience in senior roles within the food industry including production manager for a leading Irish health food company and a practical bakery teacher in DIT and the Baking Academy of Ireland. Mary is the course coordinator of Innopharma’s Food programmes. She assists and supports our students from the point of registration through to graduation.

One piece of advice Mary would give a student looking to kick start or progress their career in the STEM sectors is to join Innopharma and take the first step of a very exciting journey. If you don’t dream it you can’t achieve it. Everything is possible with hard work and perseverance. 

Peter Jones

Peter Jones has over 14 years’ experience working in the IT industry with over 10 years’ experience in IT management working in companies such as Esat, British Telecom and Vodafone. He has been with Innopharma for over 3 years managing all of the IT systems, access and networks as well as supporting students through any IT support they need.

One piece of advice Peter would give a student looking to kick start or progress their career in the STEM sectors would be to utilise all the IT systems to upskill your knowledge. Network with all the people you come into contact with during your time as a student and upskill on time management it will assist you when trying to reach your goal.

Senior Management 

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Ian Jones

Dr. Ian Jones is the Founder and CEO of the Innopharma Group. He has worked for the past 20 years within the (bio) pharmaceutical and food manufacturing sectors where he has become a global leader in particle science, process robustness and advanced process control. 

He has a PhD in Process Analytical Technologies from Technological University Dublin and has studied Strategy, Leadership and Innovation within the pharmaceutical industry at the Harvard Business School, Boston and Accelerated Growth Strategies at Judge Business School, Cambridge, UK.

Orla Callan 

Orla is the director of programme development at Innopharma Education. With 20 years background in education and training, Orla works as a consultant liaising with schools are colleges in Ireland and the UK in the development and implementation of training programmes for educationalists and students.
Prior to setting up her own company, she has taught in the field of psychology for over 10 years in colleges in Ireland and the UK.

Kevin Delaney

Kevin has over 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical, consumer / FMCG and OEM sectors at Warner Lambert, Pfizer and Wyeth, in Europe and North America where he held plant management, director and VP of operation roles.

Kevin, a chartered engineer (IEI), holds a BAI in Engineering from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and an MSc in Management from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Finbarr Sheehy

Finbarr has over 25 years of experience at senior levels within the Semiconductor and Pharmaceutical industries. He was director of continuous improvement & training with Wyeth, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Prior to Wyeth, he was skills training manager, with Intel Ireland, Co. Kildare. He also held the position of test development engineer with Analog Devices Incorporated, Limerick. In 2008 he established and currently works with businesses across several sectors (including Pharma) in Ireland to drive business improvements.

Finbarr holds a BEng in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Education from the University of Sheffield. His expertise is in the following areas; strategy development, process improvement, creativity & innovation, lean thinking, six sigma, process measurement, training design & delivery, competency assessment, change management and neuro linguistic programming.


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