Ballymena man promoted to major role at Almac

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A Ballymena man has been appointed as Vice-President of Technology Development and Commercialisation within Almac Group, the global contract development and manufacturing organisation.

Tom, who is a former pupil of Cambridge House Grammar School, joined Almac in October 2001, moved into management in 2008 and has held the position of Senior Manager for the last four years operating in his role as Head of Biocatalysis and Isotope Chemistry.

Over this time he has led the development of Almac Sciences’ Biocatalysis Technology platform which has seen rapid growth and has multiple applications across a range of project scales and industry sectors.

In the last year he has played an integral role in the integration of Arran Chemical Company Ltd into Almac Sciences and ensured smooth transfer of Biocatalysis manufacturing projects from Craigavon to the Arran site in Athlone, Ireland.

In his new role, Tom will be responsible for the development and application of platform technologies within both the Sciences and Arran businesses, in addition to supporting and directing commercialisation of new technology. He will have direct operational responsibility for the Biocatalysis and Isotope Chemistry businesses and the R&D function within Arran.

Tom will report directly to Dr Stephen Barr, President & MD, Almac Sciences who congratulated him on his promotion.

Tom holds a Masters in Business with Distinction in Business Strategy, a PhD in Organic Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemistry (First Class Hons).

The Almac Group is an established contract development and manufacturing organisation that provides an extensive range of integrated services to the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors globally. The services range from R&D, biomarker discovery development and commercialisation, API manufacture, formulation development, clinical trial supply, IXRS(r) technology (IVRS/IWRS) through to commercial-scale manufacture.

The international company is a privately owned organisation that has organically grown over 40 years and now employs in excess of 4,500 highly skilled personnel. Almac is headquartered in Craigavon, Northern Ireland with operations in the UK, Ireland, across the US (Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California) and in Asia (Singapore and Tokyo).