David Coughlan PhD

Chief Technical Officer


Dr. David Coughlan has over 20 years experience in pharmaceutical research and development.  He joined Afimmune from Merrion Pharmaceuticals plc where he held a number of senior technical and management positions in the product development arena including Director of Formulations.  Dr. Coughlan has significant experience in the management of international drug development and product life cycle management programmes with both biotech and multinational pharma leading to successful NDAs and market launch, including NCEs/biologics and generic drug reformulations.  He began his career with Élan Corporation plc.

Dr. Coughlan holds a B.Sc. in Pharmacy and PhD in Pharmaceutics from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, as well as holding Postgraduate Diplomas in Quality Improvement and Financial Management.  He is a registered pharmacist and has authored numerous research papers and abstracts within the pharmaceutical field. He is a named inventor on a number of patents.

In addition to being Chief Technical Officer of Afimmune, David is also Chief Technical Officer of related company, DS Biopharma.