Judging Panel

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, drawn from academia, business and broader related sectors will determine the winners of the Life Science Industry Awards.

We understand the importance of a fair and objective judging process. That's why we assemble a prestigious panel of industry leaders, renowned for their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm, and expertise in the life sciences industry.

Our selection process is meticulous. Judges are bound by strict confidentiality agreements and declare any potential conflicts of interest. Entries with conflicts are reassigned, ensuring complete impartiality.

This unwavering commitment to integrity is the foundation of our awards programme. Become a part of recognising industry excellence. If you're interested in joining the judging panel, email your details to judges@businessriver.com

2024 Judging Panel

Eamon Judge

Eamon Judge (Judging Coordinator)

Retired Executive Director - Global Engineering, Eli Lilly and Company

Eamon Judge is former Executive Director for Global Engineering at Eli Lilly, Indianapolis with responsibility for strategic manufacturing, sustainability and FM projects. Eamon has over 40 years of strategic management experience in the multinational pharmaceutical sector and in recent years has planned. VIEW MORE

Ruth Callanan

Ruth Callanan

Quality Systems Director, Medtronic

Quality Systems Director with over 25 years experience in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries. Extensive experience through the management and leadership of various laboratories and Final Release within the Quality Function. VIEW MORE

John Crumlish

John Crumlish

Beaumont Hospital

John is a CORU Registered Medical Scientist with over 30 years experience in Healthcare. John has a BSc and MSC from the University of Ulster. John leads a team of highly dedicated and innovative Scientists in Beaumont Hospital. VIEW MORE

Siobhan Dean

Siobhan Dean

Deputy Director, BioPharmaChem Ireland

Siobhan Dean recently appointed Deputy Director of BioPharmaChem Ireland, at Ibec. Siobhan has over 25 year experience working in the Biopharma sector. VIEW MORE

Cepta Duffy

Cepta Duffy

Manager - High Profile Start Ups, Enterprise Ireland

Cepta Duffy currently works in Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Stat Up unit. VIEW MORE

Adrienne Fleming

Adrienne Fleming

Senior Lecturer, TU Dublin

Dr. Adrienne Fleming is a Senior Lecturer in Science in the School of Chemical and BioPharmaceutical Sciences at the Technological University Dublin. VIEW MORE

Brian Thornes

Catherine Giblin

Director, Self Employed

Executive & Leadership Coach, Enterprise Ireland Mentor, and (NFP) Non-Executive Director. Catherine’s cross functional executive career at Eli Lilly, leading pharmaceutical manufacturer was focused on driving site growth & transformation. VIEW MORE

Darren Grant

Darren Grant

Managing director, Enhanced Information Solutions

With over 25 Years industrial experience (Cell Therapy, Pharma and Medical Device), Darren is the managing director of Enhanced Information Solutions Ltd. He is the chair of the ISPE Pharma4Ireland working group. Darren has deployed MES, OSI and digital projects on different global customer sites. VIEW MORE

Brian Thornes

Neil Kerrigan

Head of Collaborative Research, Research & Innovation Division, Enterprise Ireland

Neil Kerrigan, Head of Collaborative Research, Research & Innovation Division ,Enterprise Ireland VIEW MORE

Brian Thornes

Steve Kerrigan

Professor of Precision Therapeutics, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Prof. Steve Kerrigan, Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder of Inthelia Therapeutics, and Professor of Precision Therapeutics (RCSI) is a leading expert with over 25 years experience in host pathogen interactions. VIEW MORE

Anita Maguire

Anita Maguire

Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University College Cork

Anita Maguire is Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at UCC, Head of School of Chemistry and Director, UCC’s Future Pharmaceuticals. A SSPC Co-PI, Anita leads a research team in synthetic organic chemistry, which interacts extensively with the pharmaceutical sector in Ireland and internationally. VIEW MORE

Brian Thornes

Matt Moran

Independent Consultant

Matt Moran is an independent consultant specializing in Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals. He advices in all aspects of industry strategy. VIEW MORE

Donal O'Callaghan

Donal O'Callaghan

Engineers Ireland, Consultant; Ret'd MD Eng Consulting, Callaghan Partnership

Donal is a professional Chemical Engineer ,Project Manager and Company Director. He has extensive experience in the engineering design and construction sector having worked in the US ,China, Middle East and Europe. He has specialist expertise and knowledge of the Life Sciences sector. VIEW MORE

Olivia O'Leary

Olivia O'Leary

Senior Lecturer Principal Investigator, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience-University College Cork

Dr. Olivia O'Leary is a Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College Cork, where she leads a research programme investigating the neurobiology and treatment of stress-related psychiatric disorders such as depression. VIEW MORE

Denis Ring

Denis Ring

Lecturer, Department of Process & Chemical Engineering - University College Cork

Dr Denis Ring is a lecturer in the Department of Process & Chemical Engineering at University College Cork. He lectures in the areas of pharmaceutical engineering, process design, plant design. He is the programme director for MEngSc in Pharmaceutical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering. VIEW MORE

Brian Thornes

Brian Thornes

X-Bolt Orthopedics

Brian is the Founder and CEO of X-Bolt Orthopedics. A graduate of TCD (1994), Brian was a former orthopedic surgeon and is the inventor of the ankle syndesmosis TightRope and hip fracture X-Bolt. VIEW MORE