The Extractables and Leachables program is shaped by a panel of expert advisory board members who know this industry inside and out. These professionals lend their experience and expertise to the program, ensuring a relevant and industry-leading event. Meet the Advisory Board members!
Chief Executive Scientistat
Triad Scientific Solutions, UK
Dr. Dennis Jenke is a Baxter Distinguished Scientist in the Technology Resources Division of the Baxter Healthcare Corporation. In this role, he works with a team of analytical chemistry professionals whose primary responsibility includes the development, validation and application of diverse analytical strategies and methods for the discovery, identification and quantification of trace constituents in pharmaceutically relevant solutions and samples.
Dr. Cheryl Stults
C&M Technical Consulting
Dr. Stults is Principal at C & M Technical Consulting, LLC, working with various local and global companies to advance the development of parenteral and inhalation products. Her primary area of focus is on device and packaging materials analysis and characterization for purposes of selection, qualification and control. She holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University and a Masters in Management from Aquinas College. Prior positions include: Senior Fellow at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Assistant Research Professor at San Francisco State University and Quality Associate at a Johnson & Johnson owned company. She was co-editor of the Leachables and Extractables Handbook (Wiley 2012) and has been a member of the Board of Directors for two consortia: Extractables and Leachables Safety Information Exchange (ELSIE) and International Pharmaceutical Aerosol Consortium on Regulation and Science (IPAC-RS). She has been actively involved in the ELSIE Pilot Protocol Study and database development. She previously led IPAC-RS working groups to develop Materials Baseline Requirements for OINDP, a Leachables and Extractables Development Paradigm and a Chemical Risk Evaluation tool and has continued involvement as an IPAC-RS Science Advisor participating in global outreach and materials related initiatives. Dr. Stults is currently a USP Packaging and Distribution Expert Committee member contributing to development and revision of materials-related chapters.
Principal Scientist Extractables and Leachablesat
Carsten Worsøe is a research scientist in an analytical development department at Novo Nordisk. In over 18 years at Novo Nordisk, his main responsibility has been to develop analytical methods for L&E test procedures of new packaging/container closure systems under development. Within Novo Nordisk Carsten has been one of the main actors to bring relevant people in packaging materials, toxicology, formulation, regulatory and analytical together to perform risk assessments and strategies for L&E testing in development projects.
Hall Analytical Laboratories
Nick is a Principal Scientist at Hall Analytical Laboratories responsible for providing technical support to new and existing pharma, med device and ENDs customers in the field of extractables and leachables. Nick’s area of expertise includes E&L study design, defining E&L strategies, performing leachable risk assessments and authoring E&L regulatory sections.
Prior to joining Hall, Nick spent over 10 years at GSK in the field of extractables and leachables. During this time, he worked on a range of therapeutic areas including inhalation, topical and parenteral. Where he had responsibility for the E&L assessment of devices, closure systems and manufacturing processes to ensure patient safety, product quality and regulatory approval.
Risk Science Consortium, LLC & US FDA (Retired)
Ron Brown is a toxicologist with 35 years of experience in regulatory toxicology and risk assessment. He recently retired from the US FDA after 25 years of service and currently directs a small company, Risk Science Consortium, LLC, that provides consultation and training in toxicological risk assessment and computational toxicology. At the FDA, Ron was the senior toxicologist responsible for developing and reviewing toxicological risk assessments of extractable and leachable (E&L) compounds from medical devices. Prior to his position at the US FDA, Ron served as a Senior Associate at the ILSI Risk Science Institute. He is founding member and former President of the Medical Device and Combination Products Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology and former President of the Dose-Response Specialty Section of the Society for Risk Analysis.
Global Risk Assessment Services Toxicologist, Drug Safety Research & Developmentat
Trish joined Pfizer in February 2020 as a Global Risk Assessment Services Toxicologist in Drug Safety R&D. Trish has a background in Genetic Toxicology and over the last 12 years has built expertise in mutagenic impurity, extractable and leachable, and contamination risk assessments. In recent years, Trish participated in ICH M7 working group to develop Appendix 3 and co-authored hydrogen peroxide monograph. In addition, she authored the vinyl acetate monograph in the subsequent publication Bercu et al., (2018). Trish is also the co-chair of the Extractables and Leachables Safety Information Exchange (ELSIE) PDE and Sensitisation Sub-teams and is an active member of the EFPIA working group to support ICHQ3E.
Dr. Roger Pearson
President of Analytical Servicesat
Aspen Research Corporation
Dr. Pearson received his B.S. in Chemistry from Montana State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. Dr. Pearson joined Aspen Research in 1997 from a post-doctoral position at the University of Minnesota. His prior professional experience includes positions as a Research Chemist and Production Superintendent for Celanese Chemical Corporation. Dr. Pearson has extensive experience in gas chromatographic analysis of volatile and semi-volatile compounds, has coordinated many studies of off gassing phenomena at elevated process temperatures, and is an expert at coupling analytical results back to their process chemistry. He is an industry recognized expert in Extractables and Leachables techniques whose studies have been instrumental in assisting risk professionals in providing guidance for companies navigating in various regulatory arenas.
As general manager, Paul is responsible for the Smithers Analytical Services lab located in Akron to support extractables and leachables studies for the medical device, pharmaceutical and food industries. The lab also provides chemistry support to Smithers existing analytical and physical testing laboratories.
Paul’s specialty areas of expertise include mass spectrometry with a significant background in small molecule structure elucidation. He also has extensive experience in extractables and leachables and other areas of packaging testing such as container closure integrity.
Paul brings over 35 years of experience in chemistry and leadership in the pharmaceutical industry. Most recently he was a Research Fellow and Manager of Trace Organic Analysis for Intertek Pharmaceutical Services. He has also worked at West Pharmaceutical Services, Drugscan, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Old Dominion University and a Master of Science Degree in Analytical Organic Chemistry from Villanova University. He also served his country in the United States Army.
Eli Lilly and Company
Douglas Kiehl is a Research Advisor at Eli Lilly and Company and leads the Advanced Structural Characterization, Trace Analysis, Extractables/Leachables and Elemental Impurities team. With over 38 years' experience with application of advanced mass spectrometry in characterization of diverse chemical entities, 26 years in the Pharmaceutical Industry. He is a member of the USP Packaging and Distribution Expert Committee, Vice Chair for the PQRI (Product Quality Research Institute) Development Technical Committee, PhRMA Topic Lead for the ICH Q3E Expert Working Group, the USP Expert Panel on Biocompatibility of Materials Used in Packaging Systems, Medical Devices and Implants, the USP Expert Panel on Elastomeric Closure for Injections, Board of Directors for the ELSIE Consortium, Chair for the SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing Conference and member of the AAPS Impurities Steering Committee. His research interests include the development of advanced mass spectrometry-based mapping and visualization techniques to enable the rapid and comprehensive characterization of highly complex mixtures of structurally and compositionally diverse chemical entities. He also leads multidisciplinary efforts to advance ultrarapid threat detection and development, manufacture and deployment of pharmaceutical countermeasures for catastrophic (e.g. pandemic, environmental disaster, etc.) unanticipated medical needs and point-of-use patient therapies.