PharmaDelivery Solutions Ltd
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3 Low Road Grimston King’s Lynn Norfolk PE32 1AF

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Date of birth: 31st July 1959

Passport: British

Highly skilled Technical Consultant with first class knowledge in ‘leading edge’ technologies used in the drug delivery device market.

Skilfully addresses the critical success factors of technical innovation and enterprise.

David Howlett is the founder and principle consultant of PharmaDelivery Solutions Ltd a successful, dynamic consultancy supporting the development of drug delivery systems at all stages.


Technical and Engineering

Particularly sound technical skills with an excellent working knowledge of ‘state of the art’ design, development and manufacturing techniques used in the design of drug delivery devices and related systems i.e. pulmonary drug delivery systems, nasal delivery systems, medical check valves, and inspiratory flow controllers. Active leading technical role in a number of successfully launched CFC to HFA pMDI transition programmes, with international clients.

Extensive experience in a wide range of drug delivery technologies especially Dry Powder Inhalers (DPIs), Metered Dose Inhalers (MDIs), Novel Multi-dose Liquid Inhalers (MLIs), spray pumps, add on devices and nebulizers.

Considered expert in the field having over 30 patents, comprehensive publications record and a record of international technical Consultancy.

  Recognized international expert in the field of respiratory drug delivery device technology when invited to present at high profile, international conferences and to participate in working groups to address leading edge, technological issues.

  Honorary Teaching Fellow in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Manchester and is tutor for the Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Training module on Inhalation dosage forms.

  A UK national expert on ISO TC84 WG5 developing new international standards for pulmonary and nasal delivery devices.

  Over 30 years experience in the development, industrialization and commercialization of inhalation delivery systems, especially Metered Dose Inhaler and Dry Powder Inhaler systems.

  Extensive industry network facilitating optimisation of programs.

  Highly developed data sourcing skills having created and managed data mining systems to ensure integrity of market and regulatory information.

  Involvement up to agency level in developed countries and ministerial level in developing countries with healthcare and medicines regulation.

Research Project Management

The ability to operate both tactically and strategically has underpinned a proven track record in the successful delivery of simultaneous, business critical projects. Highly skilled in the full project life cycle from concept, to sign off. Planning skills demonstrated when working within strict, non-negotiable deadlines.

  Managed the industrialisation to supply of Phase III Clinical supplies of a new inhaler system to allow major Client to achieve target launch date, producing the most profitable product in Company’s history, generating a significant income through subsequent years. Successfully delivered within budget over an 18 month period, managing a team of over 35 internal technical staff and external contractors.

  Managed the industrialisation from concept to supply of Phase II Clinical supplies of a new nasal Insulin delivery system based on novel device IP.

  Sensitively handled the political, cross cultural issues and addressed the materials competence, performance assessment and analytical techniques of a self funded, valve development project.

Relationship Management

Well developed inter-personal skills have provided the platform for the building and maintaining of lasting business relationships to support not only the internal company framework but also sustainable business growth with customers.

Versatility and flexibility demonstrated when working with partnering organisations, changing direction and adapting to dynamic situations without losing sight of the commercial drivers.

  Demonstrated ability to motivate, contribute and or lead multi-disciplinary teams, including multiple organization task forces.

  Manages particularly well in creative and technically innovative environments, empowering individuals to achieve but also encouraging and motivating using a variety of techniques, especially coaching and mentoring. Creates harmonious working environments, promoting open communications to support technical challenges.

  Demonstrated ability to negotiate in difficult and complex cross company, cross cultural and cross interests situations drawing on the ability to this in both linear and lateral modes to seek an optimum resolution.

  Operates on a truly international basis drawing on demonstrable cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

  Tenacity in business development has been recognized allowing the successful managing technical development resulting in a fruitful partnership across multi-cultural divides.

  Designed and developed various partnering arrangements with 3rd party suppliers (in such fields as nasal deposition modelling and novel nasal formulations) and customers applying strong commercial focus to secure optimum pay back and mutually beneficial conclusions.


PharmaDelivery Solutions Ltd


2003- current

Established PharmaDelivery Solutions Ltd as a highly specialised consultancy service in the field of drug delivery (especially respiratory) device technology. This has led to involvement in projects involving pulmonary, nasal and other delivery routes, with an international client base.

Much of the activity of PharmaDelivery Solutions Ltd is focused in the area of development programme support, regulatory GAP analysis and generation of development and test programmes, together with data review and contingency evaluation.

PharmaDelivery Solutions Ltd has developed already, a reputation for delivering to or beyond expectations ensuring that much of the current portfolio of clients base is multiple repeat business, or word of mouth referral.

Examples of typical activities include;

  • Identification of “Best-fit” delivery technologies/ providers, to match therapeutic profiles and patient needs.
  • Assistance/ drafting of Terms of Reference, Procurement specifications for devices, manufacturing equipment, specialist services etc.
  • Audit/ GAP analysis of Device Design Control procedures.
  • GMP audits of/ for device and component suppliers.
  • Audit/ review/ Advice/ GAP analysis on Validation Master Plans, including initial generation, impact assessments and protocol/ report review.
  • Audit/ review/ Advice/ GAP analysis on Device History Files.
  • Training/ education/ presentation in various aspects of inhaled drug delivery technology from academic, company to national level.
  • Audit/ Review/ Comment on Risk Management Strategies.
  • Review/ establish risk management tools (dFMEA/ FTA).
  • Audit/ Review/ gap analysis on Type III device Drug Master Files (DMFs)
  • DMF design and preparation.
  • Technical input/ reporting in support of due diligence activities.
  • Program, pivotal independent technical reviews.
  • Materials compliance review for international filing and supply strategies.
  • Co-ordination of extractables and leachables activities between device manufacturer/ client/ contractor.
  • Technical interface between device supplier and client from concept to industrial scale and/ or alternate sourcing.
  • Expert report generation.

More detail at www.pharmadelivery.com.

In addition to the above as a result of the activities in the field of inhalation drug delivery and device technology;

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Responsible for the identification, due-diligence, evaluation and progression of new technology opportunities within the field of Drug Delivery through the following processes:

-          collaborative research projects

-          technology licensing

-          acquisitions

-          mergers


Responsible for the provision of an informed, internal technical Consultancy to the Commercial operations, covering new business development, techno-commercial negotiations, trouble shooting, PR and new technology evaluation.


Responsible for the co-ordination of the technical capabilities within the pulmonary market including the following systems:

-          metered dose inhalers

-          dry powder inhalers

-          novel technology

Key responsibilities for the programme interactions and input on CFC to HFA transition programmes with a number of major clients.


Responsible for customer liaison of all aspects of programme management.


Managed a team of up to 4 Development Engineers responsible for the development of new drug delivery systems.

   Founded PharmaDelivery Solutions Ltd in 2003


   Over 20 years hands on development of Inhalation drug Delivery systems
Key attributes
   Extensive experience in a wide range of drug delivery technologies
   Well developed inter-personal skills