Pharmaceutical Consultant for Dissolution, Drug Delivery, Laboratory Quality and HPLC

Technical Consultant #1558


  • Dissolution (reduction to a liquid form; liquefaction) method development, validation, transfer and troubleshooting.
  • HPLC method development, validation and transfer.
  • Laboratory instrument qualification and calibration.
  • GMPs/ICH/USP: laboratory Quality Assurance and regulatory inspection readiness.
  • Regulatory specification development.
  • Preparation of the CMC (Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls) section of IND (Investigational New Drug) and eCTD (Electronic Common Technical Document).
  • Development of SOPs and Quality System.
  • Evaluation of excipients and comparators.


Undisclosed Company, Principal Technical Consultant, 2008 - Present

  • Provide consulting, problem-solving and technical training in the areas of dissolution, impurities, residual solvents, method development and validation, analytical instrument qualification or compliance (GMP/ICH/USP) and inspection readiness.
  • Prepare SOPs for laboratory systems and documentation practices.
  • Presents training course regarding development and troubleshoot dissolution methods, enabling participants to develop new methods and to systematically address and resolve issues.
  • Presented training course on residual solvents and implementation of regulatory requirements for compliance.

Merck Research Laboratories, West Point, PA, 1981 - 2008

Director, Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry

  • Technical direction and support for analytical method development, formulation selection, development of specifications and stability evaluation for new products.
  • Built a GMP-compliance laboratory system with successful results in internal and external inspections.
  • Developed a resource-sparing approach for data collection and review, instrument qualification, calibration and documentation, including notebooks, memos and regulatory CMC filings as part of a Six Sigma Black Belt team.

Director/Senior Manager/Section Leader, Pharmaceutical Analysis and Control, 1995 - 2005

  • Provided support and guidance for dissolution method development, chemical and microbiological release and stability testing for pharmaceutical products under development (from Phase 1 through filing).
  • Provide dissolution and stability support for excipients, comparators and radioactive formulations, related to ADME studies.
  • Dramatically reduced resource requirements per project and cycle time for pharmaceutical research and development by focusing on true regulatory requirements.
  • Co-led global Dissolution Task Force which developed and implemented SOPs that streamlined dissolution development, validation and specification setting.
  • Co-led Interdivisional Specifications Team which developed and implemented a streamlined process for establishing specifications for new drug substances and drug products.

Senior Chemist, Pharmaceutical Analysis and Control, 1986 - 1995

  • Developed analytical methods to support new product development, including over two dozen dissolution methods.

Kiwi Brands, Douglassville, PA, Manager, Quality Control, 1982 - 1986

  • Oversaw quality for U.S. operations, including manufactured and purchased goods and raw materials, which included full responsibility for a staff of 6 chemists.
  • Eliminate 95% of quarantine issues using a scientific approach to address issues.

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • USP Council of Experts - General Chapters, Vice Chair; Pharmaceutical Analysis Team and Biopharmaceutical Issues.
  • PhRMA-Member of Dissolution Expert Committee, Representative to USP PT6.
  • American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists - Analytical and Pharmaceutical Quality Section and In-vitro Release and Dissolution Focus Group.


  • Authored Over 17 text books chapters, articles and publications.


  • M.S. Analytical Chemistry, Villanova University, Villanova, PA
  • M.S. Chemistry, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
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