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Healthcare & STEM Careers Forum 16 February 2019

  • 11 December 2018

Are you planning your STEM career? Are you looking to develop your career in healthcare and lifescience? Come along to Science Gallery Dublin on Saturday 16 February 2019 for a unique opportunity to hear, meet and speak with experts in the various life science areas.

Saturday 16 February 2019 1-4 pm Science Gallery Dublin

Registration is open here.

The WITS life science career forum will have key speakers and attendees from leading companies in Diagnostics, Industry, Pharma, Business and Healthcare. There will be talks on better understanding types of roles available to life science graduates and advice on how to move within the life science field.

We will have an open panel for questions and answers and experts on hand at the meet and greet session. The speakers will provide tangible and practical tips and advice from their experience in this field. There will be six speakers and Q&A panel at the end as well as time to network and meet professionals in the field.

The event will be particularly useful for School and University career guidance, 3rd level students, graduates of life sciences courses, people wanting to change within life science and people wanting to enter into this area maybe as a mature student.

If you are a WITS student members or a student in the final two years of your STEM degree, this event will help you in planning your career, If you are interested in developing your career in the healthcare field, this event is for you. It follows on from the Starting your STEM Career WITS website posts. Register now.


Susan Treacy – Owner, Treacy Healthcare Consulting

Dr Niamh Cosgrave, PhD – Director of Sales & Marketing, MedLab Pathology

Hazel Whelan - Pharma Manager at Recruitment Plus

Laura McGloin – Chemical Analyst, State Laboratory Ireland

Tina Coleman - Laboratory Manager, Beacon Hospital

Dr Siobhán Mulhern-Haughey, PhD - Scientific Knowledge Manager, Janssen

The agenda is here.

Healthcare and STEM Careers is being held with thanks to Science Gallery Dublin.

Speaker Bios

Susan Treacy

Susan Treacy is a Business Consultant specialising in healthcare and owner of Treacy Healthcare Consulting. Since completing her Masters in Medicine (Biomed. Sci.) in 1998 at Queen’s University she has worked in Pathology laboratories in Ireland and Australia. She then moved into the business aspect of diagnostics, holding roles in Application Support, Sales and Marketing, Management and Directorship.

In early 2016 she founded Treacy Healthcare Consulting and provides healthcare businesses and laboratories with a number of services including operational and strategic advice, business development requirements and the establishment of distribution networks specific to life sciences. She has a particular passion for finding solutions through innovation and collaboration, which will ultimately benefit the system and the patient. She works with WITS (Women in Technology and Science) to help encourage and support women to realise the many avenues and opportunities that Science and Engineering can offer. Susan can be followed at Susan Treacy on LinkedIN or Twitter or contacted at info@thconsulting.ie or at via her website www.thconsulting.ie.

Dr Niamh Cosgrave PhD

Niamh is Director of Sales & Marketing for MedLab Pathology (MLP), a member of the Sonic Healthcare group of companies. In this role she is responsible for creating and delivering effective sales and marketing strategies, the delivery of sales budgets set by the board and plays a crucial role in the success of the company. Niamh has demonstrated the ability to drive significant growth through the application of strategic planning and analytical skills.

Niamh is an experienced leader within the pathology laboratory sector having worked in this area for over 13 years, holding roles in business development, account management, sales and marketing. Prior to working in MedLab Pathology Niamh worked in Biomnis Ireland (now Eurofins Ireland) for four years.

She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a microbiology degree and then completed her PhD in molecular biology in the Conway Institute at University College Dublin.

Hazel Whelan, BSc, MSc. RecruitmentPlus Stillorgan, Co Dublin, Associate Director

Hazel Whelan holds a Diploma in Biomedical Science specialising in Haematology and Blood Transfusion (DIT, Kevin St), a BSc in Applied Science from Trinity College and an MSc in Clinical Immunology from Trinity College. She is a Fellow of the National Recruitment Federation of Ireland and has over 18 years Medical, Technical, Pharmaceutical and Scientific recruitment experience.

Laura McGloin

Laura McGloin has a degree in Pharmaceutical Science from DIT. Along her career path, Laura has also accomplished many courses in relation to Analytical Techniques, Analytical Software, Practical Problem Solving in Chemical Analysis, Quality and ISO auditing, Safety, Risk assessments and Team Management. Laura has also completed an introduction to Biotechnology though NIBRT in UCD and hopes to complete a post grad in the same. For many year’s Laura worked as part of the technology giant Hewlett Packard, where she mostly carried out chromatography techniques, such as, HPLC, LC/MS TOF and other high resolution instrumentation. This included routine analysis of electro-plating baths, method validation & development and new material qualifications. An integral part of Laura’s time in Hewlett Packard was also formulating and validating new inks to be introduced to market by HP. Following a brief stint in a pharmaceutical company, following the closure of HP, Laura now works as a Chemical Analyst for the State laboratory, working on drug residues in Animal feeds.

Tina Coleman, MBA, MSc, BSc Appl. Sc., FAMLS

Tina Coleman graduated with a BSc in 2001 specialising in Blood Transfusion and Biochemistry and received her MSc in Molecular Pathology in 2005. She spent 8.5 years as a Medical Scientist/ Senior Medical Scientist in Tallaght Hospital (formally Adelaide and Meath Hospital incorporating the National Children’s Hospital (AMNCH)), Dublin. Eighteen months of this was as Regional Quality Officer between AMNCH, Naas General Hospital, and the Coombe Women and Infants’ University Hospital. This role involved implementation of Quality Management Systems in Blood Transfusion Departments and included pre-, full- and IT assessments. In 2009, Tina became Pathology Laboratory Quality Manager in St. Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar, which was subsequently one of the first public hospital laboratories to achieve ISO 15189 accreditation in all disciplines. Tina qualified with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Project Management and Finance in 2014, at which time she had changed from the public health care system to the private, taking up the role of Laboratory Manager in the Hermitage Medical Clinic, Dublin. Tina has also been involved in numerous projects relating to ISO 15189: 2007 and ISO 15189: 2012, CPA, JCI, HIQA and RPI compliance regulation and best practice procedures. Her current role is Laboratory Manager, Beacon Hospital, Dublin.

Dr Siobhán Mulhern-Haughey

Siobhán is the European Scientific Knowledge Manager for Neurosciences - mood disorders at Janssen, the pharmaceutical division of Johnson and Johnson. In this role she is responsible for the identification, development and maintenance of scientific content related to the products she supports, within the mood disorder franchise. As part of this role she leads the development of innovative and multichannel training programmes to ensure Janssen staff across Europe can successfully support launch and marketing of drugs within the neuroscience portfolio.

Before her role as the European Scientific Knowledge Manager, Siobhán spent several years working in the Irish division of Janssen, first as a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) and then Medical Advisor. In both roles she worked across several therapy areas, including infectious disease, immunology and psychiatry.

Prior to working in Janssen Siobhán worked for the major Clinical Research Organisation (CRO) ICON, managing global clinical trials across a broad range of therapies. Previous to her career in industry Siobhán worked in academia, spending 2 years working as a post-doctoral researcher in molecular genetics. She completed her PhD in the Conway Institute at University College Dublin and is originally a microbiology graduate of Trinity College Dublin.