Dr. Patrick O'Connor
Managing Director, Clinical Development
Dr. O’Connor is Managing Director of Clinical Development. He joined Auven Therapeutics with 10 years of practice in internal medicine and 20+ years of experience in the global pharmaceutical industry. He has participated in the development and approval of more than 20 compounds in both the US and Europe. He was previously head of development services at Celtic Pharma. After graduating in medicine, Dr. O’Connor spent four years in basic physiology/pharmacology research at Manchester University in the UK leading to a Ph.D. and then worked for ten years in the British National Health Service. He is a registered specialist in the UK, with accreditation in internal medicine and clinical pharmacology. Patrick joined Boots Pharmaceuticals in 1984, serving in a number of positions culminating in his appointment as Vice President Medical Research for Boots Pharmaceuticals in the US. In 1991 he joined Pharmaco (later PPD) and was appointed Chief Operating Officer for European Clinical Development Services based in Brussels, Belgium. In 1994, he relocated to the US to launch PPD’s consulting services worldwide, and two years later he was appointed Head of Regulatory and Product Development for PPD. In 2002 he was appointed Head of Global Clinical Development at the Ferring Group of Companies, located in Copenhagen, where outsourcing of clinical development is a key component of just-in-time development.