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Pharmaceutical Engineering & Compliance

Phil DeSantis is a pharmaceutical  consultant, specializing in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Compliance. Phil retired in 2011 as Senior Director, Pharmaceutical Engineering Compliance for Global Engineering Service at Merck (formerly Schering-Plough) located in Whitehouse Station, NJ. His responsibilities included development, implementation and support of standards and practices for all facility and equipment-related capital projects and site operations. He served as Global Subject Matter Expert for Facilities and Equipment and on the Global Validation Review Board and Quality Systems and Standards Committee.

Phil is a chemical engineer, having received a BSChE from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSChE from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has over forty-four years of pharmaceutical engineering industry experience. Prior to Schering-Plough, Phil held executive positions for Fluor Corporation and Raytheon Engineers & Constructors, where he led groups providing validation and compliance consulting services to pharmaceutical and biotech clients. Prior to that, he served in technical positions in several major pharmaceutical firms, including Squibb, Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation and an earlier period at Merck. He is on the PDA Scientific Advisory Board and is active in the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). He has been as a frequent lecturer for both organizations. He has published or contributed to several articles and books in the area of validation and pharmaceutical engineering. In addition, Phil has lectured on “Steam and Dry Heat Sterilization” as part of the FDA’s field investigator training program.

Phil’s background includes pioneering work in the genesis and evolution of process validation.  His work in this area has led to broad expertise in all aspects of pharmaceutical manufacturing that support and ensure reliable and effective processes.  Currently, Phil’s primary focus areas of GMP Services include:  facilities & equipment, quality systems, project management, and professional development.

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