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Dr. Michael COMER Head of research, Fighting Blindness, Dublin

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1963-1972 Worked for the GNI, Ministry of Agriculture in the Chemical Research Division and the Plant Pathology Department of Queen s University, Belfast as a research assistant. 1965-1970 Graduate Studies BSc. (Level) Major: Applied Microbiology, at College of Technology and Ulster University, Belfast. 1970-1972 Supplementary Studies leading to election to Membership of the Institute of Biology and appointment as a Chartered Biologist (BSc Honours Level). 1972-1978 Worked at the Microbiological Research Establishment, Ministry of Defence, Porton Down, later the Centre for Applied Microbiological Research (CAMR) the UK s Public Health Laboratory Services (PHLS), Wiltshire, England 1975-1978 Postgraduate Research / Study / Dissertation under Professor Brian Hartley FRS at Imperial College, University of London leading to the award of the Diploma of Imperial College. 1978-1996 Worked for Boehringer Mannheim (now Roche) at their facilities near Munich, Bavaria, Germany 1982-1984 Studies and dissertation at the Institute of Applied Microbiology, University of Vienna under Professor Hermann Katinger leading to the award of a Doctorate in Science and Technology 1996-1998 Set up and CEO of a Joint Venture Company to produce active ingredients and intermediates as bulk GMP- pharmaceuticals, company was sold! 1999-2001 Set up a software development and validation company for use in the pharmaceutical industry company was acquired! 2001-2003 Consulting"; self employed as a "freelance" Health and Life Sciences Consultant (in various fields of Biotechnology) both 2003-2004 Acting Director of Bio-Sciences at Science Foundation Ireland (Interim Post pending the appointment of a permanent incumbent 2004-2007 Director of Research, Adelaide and Meath Hospital Dublin incorporating the National Children s Hospital

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