Leading the Way

Sitting Down With... Dominic Carolan, CEO, National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT), Dublin, Ireland.

January 2017

What drew you to biopharma manufacturing?

I wasn’t actually the kind of person who was fascinated by science or the idea of making medicine at a young age. My first job was as a process engineer – but in a large fertilizer complex start-up in Cork, Ireland. It had a huge number of complex processes and equipment – as a fresh graduate engineer I felt like I was in Legoland! After that, I joined a Cork-based European pharma company, which was focused on extracting active ingredients from the ginkgo biloba tree. It became clear to me that I wanted to be involved in starting up and operating large, complex pharma sites.