About

A branch of the non-profit Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), the Delaware Valley Chapter serves as a forum through which technical professionals in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey advance the science of development, manufacturing release and marketing of parenteral pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, and chemicals.

Our chapter hosts regular networking events that feature presentations by thought leaders in R&D, Manufacturing, Quality, and Regulatory Affairs. Our meetings provide opportunities for members to make new connections and to hone their technical expertise through interactive discussions. We curate the presentations, reports, and white papers contributed by our experts in our "Knowledge Center (coming soon)," a digital database which can be referenced by all of our members. In addition, our chapter aggregates and publishes job opportunities from across the industry. Finally, our chapter invests in the next generation of scientists by endowing scholarships for primary school students in nearby Philadelphia.

Founded in the 1990’s, PDA Delaware Valley is a regional chapter of PDA that serves technical professionals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. As a community of leaders from different functional areas, our chapter embodies the PDA’s mission of “Connecting People, Science, and Regulation:”

  • People – Networking events that attract core companies, vendors, and academic institutions
  • Science - Expert-led roundtables and symposiums on industry best-practices
  • Regulation - Peer-Reviewed White Papers and Technical Reports on FDA guidelines

A non-profit organization, PDA Delaware Valley donates a majority of our profits to impoverished school districts in our community. Please check out the Community Outreach section to learn more about our charitable contributions.

CHAPTER OFFICERS

LEO POSNER, Ph.D.

President & Director

Leo currently serves as the North American Director of Supplier Quality at DePuy Synthes, a member of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies. Within Johnson & Johnson, he has also held the roles of Director of External Manufacturing Quality Assurance for McNeil Consumer Healthcare and Site Quality Leader for one of McNeil’s manufacturing plants. Before joining Johnson & Johnson, he served as Director of Regulatory Compliance at Charles River Laboratories. Leo has served on the Board of Directors for the Delaware Valley Chapter for many years and looks forward to contributing towards the continued success of the organization.

BILL O'CONNOR

Treasurer & Director

Bill currently works at GlaxoSmithKline in Sterile Manufacturing. He has over 38 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry specializing in the pharmaceutical development and manufacture. Bill has been involved in the DV Chapter of PDA for over 7 years as part of the Board of Directors. Currently serving as the Treasurer. One thing that Bill has been passionate about as treasurer is his accurate recordkeeping and reporting.

CHRIS SMALLEY

Secretary & Director

Chris works with pharmacists to design, build and operate compliant compounding facilities. He recently retired from Merck, where he worked for five years on innovative implementation and validation, including Single Use Systems globally. Previously, he was Director of Quality Operations for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals for 12 years with responsibility for setting validation standards and validation activities globally. His research experience includes responsibility for Quality in the U.S. operations of the Sanofi Research Division, and earlier as a plant manager for the Johnson & Johnson family of companies. Chris has been a member of the Parenteral Drug Association (“PDA”) Board of Directors, as well as a member of the PDA Science Advisory Board.

OFFICERS, EMERITUS

SEAN GRIM

President & Director, Emeritus

Sean joined the PDA Delaware Valley Board of Directors in 2016 and earned election to President in 2017. He led the chapter as President through June 2018, at which time he transitioned out of the organization to attend graduate school. Sean is currently enrolled in the full-time Master of Business Administration program at the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School as a Kenan-Flagler Merit Fellow. A member of the Class of 2020, he is pursuing a concentration in Operations Management. Prior to business school, Sean served as a Senior Client Consultant at Joule Clinical and Scientific Staffing Solutions, which he joined in 2014. Sean also spent time on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Intern in the United States Senate. Sean earned his Bachelor of Arts in History, summa cum laude and Honors in History, from Lafayette College in 2014. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

JASON MATTIS

Director and President, Emeritus

Jason currently works at Janssen in Global Regulatory Affairs, CMC. He has over 17 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry specializing in the biopharmaceutical development, manufacture and regulatory affairs. Jason has been involved in the DV Chapter of PDA for over 15 years serving as the VP and as president emeritus. One thing that Jason has been passionate about as president is the charitable contributions the chapter makes to local schools.

MATT SCHMIDT

Director and Vice President, Emeritus

Matt currently works at Merck & Co. Inc. in Biologics/Vaccines Quality. He has over 13 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, specializing in biopharmaceutical development and aseptic processing. Matt has been involved in the DV Chapter of the PDA for over 10 years, and is the chapter Vice President, emeritus. Matt is excited to see new participation in the local chapter, and encourages everyone to get involved.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

As a non-profit organization, the chapter relies entirely on volunteers to oversee our operations. If you are interested in joining one of our Board of Directors please click below to learn about how you can help!


COMMUNITY OUTREACH

PDA is committed not only to bettering the lives of today’s patients but also to empowering tomorrow’s scientists. Each year, we provide financial support to STEM programs at local area schools. To date, we have donated over $200,000 towards funding the future leaders of our industry. Last year, Samara, a 3rd grader from a local Philadelphia school, said ““Thank you for helping fund the Time For Kids magazines. They are fun and helpful to 3rd grade. My favorite magazine is all about space. All the magazines are interesting. I can’t wait to get more Time For Kids.”” In addition, we host an annual Science Fair that showcases the achievements of DV students, with dozens of industry professionals volunteering their time as mentors and judges. We encourage every student to pursue their passion for science, and hope that we can help some of them on their way!

Thanks to the generosity of our vendors and supporting members, the Delaware Valley Chapter of the PDA has already given over $14,500 halfway through 2017! We donated just over $4,000 to 26 Philadelphia high poverty school programs, $10,000 to 10 Delaware Valley Science Fair Award Winners (10 students from grades 6-12, each receiving a $1,000 award) and donated $500 to the PDA Annual Meeting Charity Walk/Run Benefit. Our goal is to donate over $20,000 this year and we are well on track! With these donations, we are helping thousands of children in need.