Joan is an Industry Pharmacist with an Honours Pharmacy degree and Masters in Pharmaceutics, both from Trinity College Dublin. Joan has 25 years’ experience in pharmaceuticals and medical devices, primarily in product development, but also in regulatory and quality (Qualified Person) roles. Joan started her career in the formulation laboratories of Élan Corporation at Trinity College Dublin after winning a scholarship from the Irish American Partnership Foundation to complete a project in transdermal drug delivery. Joan subsequently worked in strategic product and business development roles at a number of companies with proprietary and innovative technologies, including Fuisz Technologies, Innocoll Technologies and Freund Pharmatec. Regulatory and QP experience was gained through contracts at the HPRA (formerly IMB) and companies including GlaxoSmithKline and Rottapharm. Joan has worked as a consultant to industry and academia on product & IP development, business development, commercialisation feasibility and grant aid applications since 2011. She also acts as a technical assessor for Enterprise Ireland and is the Director for an investment company, Éabha Investments.