VPA Case Studies
Check out the impact we have had with client organisations in some case studies from each of our Practices. Contact VPA to learn more about any of these - or click the links in the areas below to learn more about the challenges that each Practice can help you to address.
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Life Science Leadership (LSL)
VPA's client had a need to re-engage staff following a major re-organisation of a global pharmaceutical company into therapeutic business units.
Operational Excellence (OPEX)
A mid-sized pharmaceutical company was driving to reduce lead times from discovery to launch. The requirement was to understand where the bottlenecks and slow moving processes were and what current improvements could be made.\
Project, Programme and Portfolio Management (P3M)
A not for profit group was looking to understand how they should make project selection decisions for projects entering into the clinical phase, and how the priority of these incoming projects could be seen against those already in the portfolio.
Product Development - Clinical and Regulatory (PDCR)
A mid-sized pharmaceutical company was in the middle of a de-centralised regulatory procedure when it suddenly needed additional expertise to complete the on-going procedure. There was a need to respond to questions, finalise the labelling and manage an unexpected complication due to a member state having raised national health concerns at the end of the procedure.
Pharmaceutical Science (PHARM SCI)
VPA's client had developed a new manufacturing process for a biotech drug substance, which improved the yield, reduced the cost of goods and removed the raw materials of animal origin. However, a lengthy regulatory approval process needed to be avoided.
Product Opportunity Evaluation and Maximisation (POEM)
A new therapeutic about to enter the clinic with a range of possible different indications and disease populations needed to determine the best development path and target product profile, as well as explore the risk/reward balance between the various development options and pricing implications.
Quality Management & Regulatory Compliance (QMRC)
A pharmaceutical company were looking to move to disposable systems and change their primary packaging.
A non-European medical device company had developed a medical device for helping patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. While it was being used in a number of private hospitals in the UK, the company hoped to expand its usage into the NHS and so needed evidence to assist in negotiations.
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Graham Finch BSc BEng MSc
Practice Lead POEM
Graham is a consultant to biopharmaceutical organisations providing strategic and analytical guidance to Research and Development and Business Development investment decisions. He has a background in product and portfolio strategy, commercial ana...read more
Dr Richard Phillips MBBS MFPM MBA
Practice Lead VPAC
Richard qualified in medicine at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, now Imperial College in London. After several posts in the NHS, he joined Pfizer as a medical advisor responsible for rheumatology and infection. After obtaining an MBA from Kings...read more
John Seagrief, BSc, MBA
Practice Lead QMRC
John has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry gained over his years in the industry. This ranges from project management of new facility construction, facility, equipment and process validation, and staff training to operating manuf...read more
Mike Florence PhD MBA
Practice Lead OPEX and Executive Associate
Mike Florence has over 20 years’ experience in Pharmaceutical and Chemical industries delivering step change improvements and projects across manufacturing, supply chain, Research and Development and marketing companies. Mike is a winner of the Eu...read more
Pauline Stewart-Long BSc PhD
Pauline has over 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry with roles in clinical research, project management and portfolio management. After managing drug development projects in several therapeutic areas and all phases of development,...read more
Fraser Penny, BEng Chemical Engineering
Fraser has led effective programme management, supply chain and continuous improvement delivery in small operating sites and large global organisations for 20+ years. He helps clients to accelerate and maximise their return on investment from busi...read more
Jeff Duke MSc C.Sci CChem FRSC
Practice Lead Pharm Sci
Jeff Duke has over 20 years’ pharmaceuticals industry experience in both human and veterinary health in a wide range of Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control functions. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Jeff held positions with a top ten...read more
Preeya Beczek BSc, MSc, cGB
Preeya has over 15 years of regulatory affairs experience in contract research organisations and within the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. She holds a BSc in Chemistry and Management Studies and an MSc in Environmental Strategy from Surrey ...read more
Mark Blanchard BSc, CA-AM, MCIPS
Practice Lead LSL
Mark is a chemist with more than 20 years’ experience spanning the Chemicals & Pharmaceutical industries. A results oriented senior business leader who expertly brings people and processes together from across organisations to deliver sustaina...read more
Chris Martin, BSc (Hons), MBA, PhD
"Put simply, Chris can get things done that other people can’t. Quickly, efficiently and in an inimitable way that is respectful of other people." Dr. Steve Gamblin FRS, Science Operations Director, The Francis Crick Institute. Chris joined t...read more
Julie Evan, BSc, MPhil
Julie is an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who embraces change and relishes new challenges; a dedicated champion for continuous improvement to drive performance and delivery to better meet the needs of the customer. She is an accomplished pro...read more
Janet Worrell PhD, BSc, MRPharmS
Janet Worrell is an independent Regulatory Affairs Specialist, at consult2deliver limited, a consultancy based in BioCity Nottingham. She began crafting her regulatory skills at Thomas Kerfoot and Medeva in Ashton under Lyne, before moving to 3M a...read more
Chris Williams PhD FBPhS
Chris is an in vitro pharmacologist with over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She has worked at Pfizer, UCB, Ipsen and the NHS demonstrating a breadth of scientific, project, business and change management experience. She is...read more
Dr C Mike Perkins
Practice Lead PDCR
Experienced Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the Biotechnology industry. Skilled in Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs across a broad range of therapeutic areas with a clear focus on Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Go...read more
Cliff Preston MA DPhil MSc
Cliff has 25 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry, initially as a clinical researcher in MSDRL and GlaxoWellcome, followed by terms as a Decision Scientist at GSK and as Director/Team Leader in the Portfolio & Decision Analysis Gro...read more
Armand Brevig M.Eng., MBA,
Armand Brevig is a senior procurement and supply chain leader who creates superior value through a powerful combination of: (1) business acumen; (2) consulting skills; (3) cross-functional team leadership; and (4) international experience. Arma...read more
Kevin Jackson BA, MA, FCIPD
Kevin is a consultant to multi-sector organisations providing performance-driven solutions to develop leader, team, culture and change capability. He takes a systems approach, looking for how people, teams, processes, and activities connect to de...read more
Marcus Benton BSc, MSc Quality, MBA
Marcus is an MBA qualified quality assurance professional with extensive knowledge and 28 years of GLP/GCP expertise in quality management systems in the research, manufacturing and pharmacovigilance sectors of the pharmaceutical industry in Europ...read more
Duncan Currie BSc, PhD
Duncan is a senior medical writer with 20 years’ experience in large pharmaceutical companies and contract research organisations with a record of achievement delivering a range of high quality regulatory documents within tight deadlines and budge...read more
Adriaan Fruijtier MSc
Adriaan Fruijtier has graduated as a pharmacist at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He is currently working as a Regulatory Affairs Consultant. Until March 2004 he has been Head of the Oncology Group within Global Regulatory Affairs at ...read more
Brigitte Happ PhD
Brigitte has more than 20 years’ experience in global regulatory affairs with the biotechnology company Serono and the pharmaceutical company Merck Serono. Her expertise covers a broad range of therapeutic areas including metabolic endocrinology, ...read more
Julianna Hull, BSc, Msc
Julianne has over 25 years’ clinical development experience and has held global leadership roles in vendor management/outsourcing and clinical operations for large and medium-sized pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer, Wyeth, Marion Merrell Dow, Bioge...read more