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John MackinnonJohn Mackinnon - Chairman of Moredun Scientific

John graduated in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from The Royal Veterinary College, University of London. He is a Fellow of the RCVS for studies in the use of antibiotics in livestock production and holds the RCVS Certificate in Pig Medicine. He is a former President of the Pig Veterinary Society and was the inaugural President of the European Association for Porcine Health and Management.

After a short time in mixed practice, followed by a period in industry as Technical Services Manager for Elanco Animal Health and subsequently Senior Research Veterinarian at the Lilly Research Laboratories, John returned to veterinary practice where, for the past 30 years, he has specialised in pig medicine and production. He is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Advanced Practitioner in pig medicine.


Professor Julie FitzpatrickProfessor Julie Fitzpatrick

Julie is the Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute and Chief Executive of the Moredun Group. Her research interests focus on farm animal health and disease and animal welfare. Julie is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Research Committee, the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedstuffs and the BBSRC Strategy Group. In Scotland, she sits on both the Agriculture Strategy Group and the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy Group, and is a member of the Scottish Science Advisory Committee. She acts as Chairman of the BVA's Veterinary Policy Group (VPG). In 2003 she was awarded the G Norman Hall Medal for research into animal diseases by the RCVS Trust.


John MurrayJohn Murray

John Murray became Managing Director of Moredun Scientific in 2014. John graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1984 with a BSc in Agricultural Chemistry he then took a position at the Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh working on bovine/ovine respiratory vaccines prior to moving to Moredun Scientific. He has significant experience in working with the global Animal Health Industry and has led the set up and development of the Moredun Scientific biosafety business.


Professor Willie DonachieProfessor Willie Donachie

Willie graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1978 with a BSc (1st Class Hons) in Microbiology and immediately joined the staff at the Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh, where he gained his PhD in 1984 for studies on experimental vaccines for  Mannheimia haemolytica infections in ruminants. Willie was Managing Director of Moredun Scientific between 2012 and 2014, having previously been Deputy Director of Moredun Research Institute for 14 years. Willie  holds Visiting Professorships  at the University of Glasgow and Heriot Watt University.


David DansonDavid Danson

David graduated from Liverpool Veterinary School in 1969 and after a short time in general practice has spent most of his career in industry. He was Director of Global Marketing for Mallinckrodt Animal Health Inc in Chicago, Managing Director then Chairman of Biokema SA in Lausanne and between 1998 and 2005 was Group Chief Executive of UA Group plc. He served as a non-executive director of Quality Meat Scotland for 3 years where he chaired both the Audit and Remuneration Committees and was a member of the Scottish Executive’s Agriculture Strategy Group. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Eco Animal Health Group plc, a member of the Council of the Royal Veterinary College and Chairman of RVC Developments Ltd.


Peter JeffriesPeter Jeffries

Peter graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Liverpool in 1980 and gained a Master of Science degree in fish disease at the University of Stirling.  He then spent a number of years in dairy practice in England prior to moving to industry.

He has worked in the animal health industry for over twenty years holding a range of corporate roles in strategy, global marketing, global technical support and business development. He spent 18 years with Merial located in Africa, France and the USA. He then moved to Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis) to lead the Business Development & External Alliances group. Peter is currently Chief Executive of GALVmed.


Diana MorganDiana Morgan

Diana graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 1974 with a BSc in Biochemistry.  She then joined the research staff at the Beatson Institute of Cancer Research in Glasgow where she worked until 1988 and gained her PhD entitled ‘’Studies of the Surface Properties of Human Glioma Cells”.

Diana has worked in the biopharmaceutical industry for over twenty years holding a range of senior technical, manufacturing and business roles. She spent almost twelve years with BioReliance located in Scotland and USA where her positions included Global Leader Manufacturing and Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. She was then appointed as Chief Business Officer with CMC Biopharmaceuticals located in Copenhagen and Seattle from 2006 - 2008.  She is currently Business Development Manager for CENSIS Innovation Centre.


Jon MarshallJon Marshall

Jon is a consultant to the biopharmaceutical industry bringing over twenty five years of experience of working with global biopharmaceutical companies in the areas of operations and quality compliance. He gained a doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Leicester which was followed by post doctoral research in molecular virology before moving to industry to focus on vaccines manufacturing, testing and project management. He has held senior management positions at global services providers Charles River and Bioreliance. He has a proven track record in building teams and licenced facilities (MHRA/FDA) and in improving processes (Lean/Six Sigma) to deliver profitable services across multiple international sites.


Peter Harlech JonesPeter Harlech Jones

Peter graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Liverpool University in 1971. He then spent several years in veterinary practice in the UK and Canada prior to moving to the Animal Health industry. He has held senior appointments in research and regulatory affairs in multinational companies, working both in Europe and the United States. Subsequently he was Head of the Veterinary Division at the European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA) in London and then Executive Director of the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH) based in Brussels. In 2012 he was elected President of the British Veterinary Association. He is a member of the Medicines Committee of the Federation of Veterinarians in Europe (FVE). Peter serves as a regulatory consultant to GALVmed and to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He serves as a member of the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre`s Independent Scientific Panel.

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