Pharmaceutical Consultant: Solids, Liquid and Transdermal Dosage Forms and Manufacturing and Quality Assurance

Technical Consultant #1434


  • Expert in solid oral, liquids and transdermal pharmaceutical dosage forms.
  • 15 years of pharmaceutical Quality Assurance, research and development and commercial manufacturing experience.
  • Process expertise in development and manufacture of solids, liquid and transdermal dosage forms.
  • Supply chain experience in warehouse and distribution operations, including design and operation of Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS).
  • Technical expertise in qualification of equipment, utilities and facilities, cleaning and process validation.
  • In depth knowledge of cGMPs, ICH Guidelines, EU, and DEA regulations.
  • International experience with European countries, including long-term assignment in Europe.


Independent Consultant, Technical Services and Validation, 2004 - Present

  • Supervised qualification of new pilot manufacturing facility, utilities, and equipment, including management of staff consultants.
  • Reviewed combination drug/medical device product for compliance to CMC section of NDA.
  • Developed protocols and executed qualification related to solids, liquid process and vial filling equipment including V-Blenders, high shear mixer, tablet press, Ross Mixers and tablet coaters.
  • Wrote and executed process validation protocol for gel product.
  • Acted as validation manager and oversaw multiple validation projects, including process validation of suppository manufacturing process, including applicable equipment and utilities qualification and supporting cleaning validation.
  • Reviewed, approved, and assisted client with installation, operation, and performance qualification of new ($1 million) automated commercial packaging line.
  • Developed protocols and executed qualification with client of automated transdermal processing line.
  • Developed and executed cleaning certification protocols for V-blenders, tablet presses and liquids processing equipment using swab and rinse sampling for analysis by HPLC/TOC and conductivity.
  • Developed blend homogeneity protocols for solid dose product in V/Cone blenders.
  • Functioned as "Man in Plant" supervising manufacture of solid oral dose clinical supplies using electronic batch record system at client sites.
  • Conducted technical evaluation and recommendation of used tablet presses for client purchase.
  • Developed temperature mapping protocols for, cGMP warehouses, portable sampling rooms and refrigerators.
  • Commissioned and led qualification of Chilled Water and DX HVAC Systems, and ancillary equipment.
  • Co-developed protocols and executed validation of PC based custom in-house bar-code label and automated dispensing systems.
  • Validated automated storage retrieval system including preparation of user and system requirements documents.

DPT Laboratories, Director, Quality Systems, 2004

  • A contract manufacturer of Rx, Generic, and OTC specializing in creams, liquids, lotions and gel products.
  • Manage Quality Systems Operation consisting of Quality Control, Quality Assurance and Validation Departments totaling 55 persons.
  • Reviewed and approved validation protocols for process, cleaning and equipment qualification.
  • Re-vamped receipt and inspection process for incoming components, including sampling and inspection.
  • Initiated reforms to CAPA and validation program to improve scientific justification and robustness of results.
  • Provided regulatory guidance and design proposals for major site facility upgrade.

Lavipharm Laboratories, Inc., Vice President, Director - Quality Assurance, 1997 - 2003

  • A private start-up pharmaceutical research and development company, specializing in drug delivery.
  • Developed a quality plan defining phased roll-out of policies and procedures related to document development, change control auditing, cGMP training and CAPA systems.
  • Reviewed and approved material specifications, test methods, release of raw materials, API, and drug product, and OOS/investigations. Established CAPA system. Performed internal audits of quality system, and external supplier, sub-contractors, laboratories.
  • Partnered with research and development to oversee pre-clinical and clinical activities, including manufacturing and shipment, returns, and adverse event reporting of phase I-III clinical trial materials.
  • Set-up clinical material supply group and supporting physical and administrative infrastructure for receipt, storage, shipment, and reconciliation of clinical investigational material, including controlled substances (DEA) compliance program for schedules II-V.
  • Established calibration and validation program for all laboratory and process equipment, utilities and facilities.
  • Worked with VP of regulatory to prepare NDA/ANDA submissions.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals, 1973-1997

Manager - Quality Control, Manager - Project Manager, 1992 - 1996

  • As Project Manager, utilized "world class manufacturing", supply chain logistics, and information technology concepts and forged a strong team that spearheaded facility design planning process and plant layout, with all plant disciplines, for a $120 million renovation of multi-site production consolidation.
  • Using business process re-engineering and other TQM principles.
  • Led quality control improvement team that demonstrated reduction in end product testing throughput time through strategic realignment of human and fixed laboratory assets.
  • Managed quality control equipment calibration and qualification program.

Manager - Warehouse, Dispensing and Site Services, 1987 - 1992

  • Planned/implemented successful operational concept and startup of a new $14.5 million integrated automated hi-rise warehouse. Completed performance testing and validation of the computer control system in three months.
  • Managed a 37-person team responsible for inventory, warehousing, environmental and site support for a 600-employee operation.
  • Established user requirements for technical bar code labeling and automated dispensing systems.

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Member International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers and former ASQ


  • Professional Certificate, Drug Development, Temple University.
  • Temple University-Completed coursework towards MS in Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs, Coursework in Analytical Instrumentation Techniques-Middlesex County College.
  • International (Switzerland) assignment studying logistics and manufacturing systems.
  • General business management and finance training (Corporate), business process redesign techniques, TQM, world class manufacturing, continuous improvement.
  • ASQ Certified Quality Auditor.
  • Fluent in Spanish, writing and conversation.


  • B.S. Life Sciences, Glassboro State College, Glassboro, NJ
  • Mini MBA - Rutgers University
  • Professional Certificate, Drug Development, Temple University
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