Director, Lifesciences & Food Commercialisation and Manager, Lifesciences Sector
Deirdre has over twenty years extensive experience in enterprise development, innovation and start up creation both within industry and on behalf of the Irish Government. She was appointed Director, Lifesciences & Food Commercialisation and Lifesciences Sector Manger in February 2016 and plays a critical leadership role within Enterprise Ireland.
Her dual role involves having responsibility for delivering accelerated export growth through the development of companies within the medtech and pharma/vetpharma technologies sectors and leading the Enterprise Ireland drive to achieve economic impact from Ireland’s market-led research and commercialisation investment to the benefit of Lifesciences companies. The role requires close liaison and interaction with internal and external key stakeholders including Irish industry, Government departments, international customers, representative bodies, healthcare professionals and the academic community. Deirdre’s driving ambition is to help more Irish-owned businesses to achieve business-scale through international growth, so that the associated job creation drives increasing prosperity in towns and villages throughout Ireland.
Prior to Enterprise Ireland, Deirdre held several roles over a 7-year period within Cantab Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company in Cambridge, UK. Whilst at Cantab, she completed several in-licensing and out-licensing deals with biopharmaceutical corporations and academic institutions in the US and Europe and played a key role in the identification and acquisition of product opportunities to build the Company’s early and late-stage product pipeline.All Speakers