B.Pharm, M.Sc, MRPharmS, has over twenty years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. With a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of London (“The Square”) and a Master of Science in Microbiology from Birkbeck College, University of London, Karen started off with a well-rounded foundation in the basic skills appropriate to the pharmaceutical industry. She has worked in industry for most of her career, initially in Research and Development at Smith and Nephew in England and then for seven years at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, today the world’s largest generic manufacturer. After leaving Teva, Karen set up her own consultancy company, PCI Pharmaceutical Consulting Israel Ltd which has been providing services to the pharmaceutical industry worldwide for the past 14 years. PCI regularly works with pharmaceutical, biotech and API manufacturers to assist them in resolving compliance issues with regulatory authorities, in setting up, maintaining and upgrading or improving their quality systems, performing audits at vendors, contract manufacturers, laboratories as well as helping clients successfully prepare for FDA, Health Canada, EU and local regulatory inspections.
Karen was responsible for setting up the compliance department at Teva and published a book on compliance auditing, still available in the USA, that was purchased by most of the multi-national pharmaceutical companies as well as by the US FDA.
Karen regularly lectures around the world on quality topics and is renowned for her lively and engaging style of presentation. She was winner of the Institute of Validation Technology’s “Presentation of the Year Award” in 2006 and their “Webseminar of the Year Award” in 2007.
Karen is also an active volunteer in the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) and is currently co-editing their Technical Report on GMPs for Investigational Products.