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News / Oct 01, 2014

Hovione Cork – New General Manager - Paul Downing – since 1st October 2014

Paul joined Hovione on the 1st of October 2014. He holds a BSc in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Sunderland (UK) and a PhD in Organic Chemistry (asymmetric synthesis using organometallics) from Sheffield University (UK). He started his industrial career with Fisons Pharmaceuticals in Loughborough, where he worked in the R&D Analytical Laboratory. In early 1997, Paul joined Ciba-Geigy in Grimsby as a Process Chemist in the Chemical Operations area (Ciba-Geigy merged with Sandoz at that time and became Novartis later in 1997). He subsequently held several senior lead roles in both Quality and Production with Novartis. In 2007 he moved to New York to head up the Operations Unit  for Pharmaceutical Operations. As a result of Paul’s success in this function he was asked, in 2009, to take on the role of Global Head of Pharmaceutical Operations Strategy for Technical Operations at Head Office in Basel, where he stayed until 2012. Paul then chose to return to Cork with his family  and was invited by Chanelle Group to become Director of Operations near Galway.

Paul brings to Hovione over 20 years of relevant experience of development, quality, APIs manufacturing and formulation, as well as pharma strategy with Novartis and Chanelle. He also has considerable expertise in operational efficiency and world-class team leadership in pharma operations.


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