Declan has a degree in Biotechnology from Dublin City University (1986) and obtained a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering from Manchester University (2000). He has worked in all areas of biopharmaceutical manufacturing from primary production through to lyophilization. Much of his experience is in the development and set-up of manufacturing processes, typically including process transfer from one site of manufacture to another. Organizations that Declan has worked include Evans Medical (now Novartis), Pfizer and Ipsen Biopharma. His current role at Novartis is Head of Global Process Validation and he has been in this role since May 2011.