Our Team

Dr. John Breen

Centre Manager

John Breen is a chemical engineering postgraduate with extensive experience in chemical process research and development, scale up and business development in the pharmaceutical and specialty chemicals sectors at both multinational and start-up scale. 

John spent 7 years at Queens University Belfast as research manager and then lecturer in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.  He then took up a position as senior process development engineer at MSD’s Ballydine API plant where he was responsible for new product introductions.  In 2015, he took on the challenge of becoming CTO at MOF Technologies – a start-up spun out from Queens University Belfast specialising in the production of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs).  He led the R&D and production teams, helping to grow the company from its roots in a university research laboratory to a multi-site operation with R&D laboratory and pilot scale manufacturing facility.  He returned to his native South East in 2018 to use his knowledge and experience in helping science-based companies get to the next stage in their development. 

Patsy Carney


Patsy Carney is the CEO and co-founder of EirGen Pharma, a Waterford based pharmaceutical company specialising in the development and commercial supply of high potency pharmaceutical products including a number of oncology products. Established in 2006 by Patsy and Tom Brennan, EirGen has grown rapidly and now exports products to over 40 countries worldwide including all of EU, US, Canada, Japan from its state of the art high containment facility. The facility is licensed by the Irish HPRA, FDA and Japanese PMDA regulatory authorities. 

In May 2015, EirGen Pharma was acquired by OPKO Health Inc, a US based pharmaceutical company and continues to go from strength to strength as the global centre of excellence for R&D and Supply Chain. In 2018, a state of the art R&D facility has come online to support the product development pipeline for the corporation across multiple dosage forms including injectable, oral solid dose and dry powder inhalation products.

Patsy has over 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has held senior positions in a number of Pharma companies in Ireland and UK in both operations and business development prior to establishing EirGen Pharma in 2005. He has a BSc. in Industrial Chemistry and an MBA from the University of Limerick.

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