The Irish Laboratory Awards

Judges & Judging

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, representing the laboratory industry, will determine the winners of the Irish Laboratory Awards.

Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from industry leaders who will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process ensuring that the winning entries are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving an Irish Laboratory Award.

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective. The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, in which case that entry will be reallocated. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of all that we do.

We recognise and respect the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. Submissions are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process. We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless prior permission is given.

A comprehensive judging process has been put together to decide the worthy winners of The Irish Laboratory Awards:

Judging Process

  1. After the closing date for receiving submissions all entries will be sent for the first round of review.
  2. Entries will be carefully scrutinised with the best selected to go forward to the shortlist for each category.
  3. The shortlist of finalists will be published on the Awards website.
  4. Judges are divided into a minimum of two panels, ensuring any potential conflict is avoided.
  5. The judges will score each of the entries allocated to them against a predetermined set of scores.
  6. Scores are then collected and collated, with the entrant receiving the highest overall score being declared the winner of that category.
  7. The winners will be revealed at the annual awards ceremony.

The judge's decision is final and no correspondence, telephone, email or communication of any kind will be entered into in relation to decisions reached.

 The 2017 Judging Panel

The winners of the Irish Laboratory Awards will be decided by an independent panel of distinguished industry leaders.

Judging Co-ordinator

Matt Moran

Director, BioPharmaChem Ireland

Matthew Moran - Director, BioPharmaChem Ireland  

Matthew Moran is Director of BioPharmaChem Ireland. He graduated in Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin in 1980 and in Chemical Engineering at University College Dublin in 1981; he holds an MBA also from University College Dublin (Smurfit School of Business).  He worked for over ten years in the pharmaceutical industry where he held a number of management positions both in active ingredient and dosage form manufacture.  He is a member the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC). Matthew Moran is Vice-President of the Active Pharmaceuticals Ingredients (API) Committee of CEFIC (CEFIC/APIC). He is a Board member of The European Association for Bioindustries (Europabio)

BioPharmaChem Ireland represents the interests of the biopharmachem sector in Ireland.  CEFIC/APIC represents the European API Industry. Europabio represents the European Biotech Sector.


Judging Panel

Dr. Andrew Roche

Scientific Director, Global Validation, Scientific Affairs, ICON Central Laboratories

Dr. Andrew Roche - Scientific Director, Global Validation, Scientific Affairs, ICON Central Laboratories  

Andrew, a PhD with in depth knowledge of the intricacies of analytical methods and their applications within clinical trials, oversees the Scientific Affairs and Global Validations functions of ICON Central Laboratories.

Andrew has over 15 years’ experience in the clinical trial industry. He began his career within the infectious disease arena of biotech where he successfully led projects designed to identify and validate large molecule drug targets within pathogenic microorganisms. Andrew then moved into the field of biomarkers and led projects that created marketed immunoassay products for the detection of novel biomarkers of organ toxicity. Prior to joining ICON Andrew co-founded a bioanalytical CRO dedicated to the development, validation and utilisation of customised methods for the quantification of large molecule drugs, anti-drug antibodies and biomarkers.

Andrew holds a B.A. Mod, and Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin and has authored several scientific publications.  In his current role as Scientific Director he focuses on the intricacies of analytical methods and their applications within clinical trials with the goal of facilitating the creation of an accurate and precise analytical data set thereby facilitating an accurate clinical assessment of analytical data.

Irene Regan

President, Academy of Clinical Science & Laboratory Medicine

Irene Regan  

I am a fellow of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine and the Royal College of Pathologists UK (FRCPath).  I am currently the Scientific Lead of Coagulation at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Dublin with my main interests being in paediatric bleeding disorders in both service provision and research. I am also engaged in lecturing.  I am in my second year as President of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine, which is the professional body and competent authority for Scientists working in clinical laboratories in Ireland.

I am currently a member of the Health and Social Care Professional Advisory Group where my remit is Research, Advanced Practice and CPD. I am also a Steering Committee Member of the Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety (RCPS), a joint initiative between the Health Services Executive (HSE) and the Royal College of Physicians Ireland (RCPI). I have developed close working links with the Faculty of Pathology in Ireland and the Association of Clinical Biochemists Ireland through working groups such as Joint Working Group on Laboratory Accreditation. Internationally, I have been a mentor with the Royal College of Pathologists (UK) initiative to improve the Technical, Quality, Leadership and Research Skills of Diagnostic Services in five countries (20 public sector laboratories) in Africa (LabSkills Africa).


Dr. Fionnuala Hickey

Research Fellow & Lab Manager, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Tallaght Hospital & Executive Committee Member, Irish Research Staff Association

Fionnuala Hickey - Senior Research Fellow, Trinity Health Kidney Centre & Executive Committee Member, Irish Research Staff Association  

Fionnuala Hickey is a senior scientist within the Department of Clinical Medicine, Trinity College Dublin and manager of the Meath Foundation Research Laboratory at the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Tallaght Hospital. She is also an executive committee member of the Irish Research Staff Association.

She obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from UCC in 2005 and since then has worked in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, TCD; the Diabetes Complications Research Centre at the Conway Institute in UCD and the Trinity Health Kidney Centre. Fionnuala has also spent time working at Duke University Medical Centre, the University of Chicago and the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on the role of mitochondria and cellular metabolism in human disease with a particular focus on inflammatory conditions.


Dr. Phil Hemmingway

Scientific Programme Manager, Science Foundation Ireland

Phil Hemmingway -  Scientific Programme Manager, Science Foundation Ireland  

Dr Phil Hemmingway is a Scientific Programme Manager at Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) where he manages SFI's flagship Research Centres Programme. The Research Centres Programme has invested over €355M, attracted more than €190M in industry funding over the last four years, and is due to make a significant investment in new Research Centres under his leadership in Q2 2017. Phil is also responsible for energy, environment and engineering related activities in SFI. Prior to joining SFI Phil worked as a Lecturer at the UCD School of Biosystems Engineering and as a Consultant to RPS Group.

Phil has acted as an expert reviewer for the European Commission's Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) Programme, the Horizon 2020 Energy Work Programme and is a technical reviewer for several leading academic journal titles. He is a Board appointee to SEAI’s Energy Investment Advisory Committee, is a member of DCCAE’s National Research Strategy Group, a member of two of Ireland’s National Research Prioritisation Action Groups (Smart Grids & Smart Cities and Marine Renewable Energy); and is also a member of the EPA’s Climate Change Research Coordination and Water Research Coordination Groups.


Conor O’Brien

Honorary President, Irish Science Teachers Association

Conor O’Brien - Honorary President, Irish Science Teachers Association  

Conor O’Brien PhD MBA spent almost his whole career in the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing industry in Ireland working with Syntex (now Roche Pharma), Boehringer Ingelheim, Schwarz Pharma and Recordati.  He served as Chairman of PharmaChemical Ireland and finished his Pharma career as Site Director of Recordati Ireland, Ringaskiddy. He is currently Chairman of the Irish Science Teachers Association and is active in Energy consulting.


Patrick Hobbs

Former President, Institute of Chemistry of Ireland & Editor, Irish Chemical News

 Patrick Hobbs - Institute of Chemistry of Ireland  

MSc, FICI, CChem, CSci, MRSC

Patrick Hobbs is the Editor of Irish Chemical News and President of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland (2013 – 2015).

He is formally PT/PD & QA Manager at Lonza, Swords.

His research & work interests include:

Solid State & Crystallisation/Precipitation/Polymorphs; Powder & Particle Characterisation; New Product Development & Introduction; Biocide Formulation
Effluent: Advanced Oxidation Process; Process Scale Up & Chemical Reaction Hazards; Synthetic Catalytic Process; Enzymatic transformations for continuous process; ISO9001 & Operational Excellence; Design, Commissioning of a Chinese Biocide Plant.


Dr. Mark Glynn

Head of Learning Innovation Unit, Dublin City University

 Mark Glynn - Head of Learning Innovation Unit, Dublin City University   Mark has a PhD in Chemistry, a MSc in e-learning and a certificate in Learning and Teaching in higher education and online assessment. Mark has a deep insight into the key issues for higher education in Ireland in particular the implementation of national strategy for higher education, the technological universities and flexible learning. He plays key leadership roles in promoting innovative teaching and learning methods throughout the sector and is considered to be a leading authority in the use of virtual learning environments. Mark has also had leadership roles in the Irish Learning Technology Association and the Learning Innovation Network, two of the leading organisations for learning innovation in Irish higher education.


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