Meet the Team

Our people are at the core of what we do. Meet some of our passionate and multi-functional experts who pride themselves on delivering incredible service to our clients and developing novel diagnostic tests to improve patient care.

Paul Harkin

Paul Harkin

President & Managing Director

Professor Paul Harkin is the President and Managing Director of Almac Diagnostics, a biomarker discovery, development and delivery company.  He was a founding member of the company in 2004 and has overall responsibility for the strategic, financial and operational leadership of the company.

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Paul Harkin is a Professor in Molecular Oncology within the Cancer Research Center at Queen’s University Belfast. Prior to this appointment he had been a Research Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital where he developed his interest in the emerging field of Functional Genomics. Professor Harkin has published his work in some of the world’s leading research journals and is a regular guest speaker at national and international conferences and Research Institutions. Prof. Harkin sits on several National committees and funding boards and acts as a reviewer for a number of major research journals.

Michael Sloan

Michael Sloan

VP Business Development

Michael Sloan is VP of Business Development for Almac Diagnostics since 2005. He has full responsibility for the overall management of the company’s business development activities and driving the growth of the company.

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Michael has a BSC in Commerce and MSC in Corporate Leadership and was educated in the University of Birmingham, Napier University, Scotland and the Ivey Business School, Canada.

He has over 20 years in senior business development and management roles in the biotech and medical device sector. He has worked in both start up and multinational companies. His previous experience including Managing Director for BSN Medical UK a Smith and Nephew and Beiersdorf  JV and Executive Director for Amtec Medical Ltd.

Richard Kennedy

Richard Kennedy

VP and Medical Director

Dr Richard Kennedy is the Medical Director of Almac Diagnostics and is responsible for the application of the company’s technology into medical practice. Dr Kennedy became the McClay Professor of Experimental Medicine at the Queen’s University of Belfast in July 2011, and leads an academic research group which focuses on novel approaches to biomarker discovery and delivery.

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Richard is a practicing Consultant in Medical Oncology at Belfast City Hospital and is involved in running first in man Clinical Trials.

Prior to Almac, Richard worked as an Instructor in Oncology at Harvard Medical School where he specialised in translational cancer research and continues to work as a Medical Oncologist at Belfast City Hospital, UK. He is currently a member of Dundalk Institute of Technology and has previously served on the CR-UK Biomarker panel and Enterprise Ireland life sciences technology panel.

Dr Leeona Galligan

Dr Leeona Galligan

Head of Operations

Dr. Galligan (PhD, FRCPath) has worked for over 15 years in the field of translational molecular oncology and holds the post of Head of Laboratory Operations at Almac Diagnostics where she has overall responsibility for all laboratory based technologies and services supporting Almac Diagnostics’ biomarker discovery, development and delivery.

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Prior to joining Almac in 2009, Dr Galligan obtained a PhD in molecular haematology from Trinity College Dublin. She subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship on the molecular mechanisms of drug resistance in colorectal cancer at Queen’s University Belfast and has completed a 4 year training programme in specialist haemato-oncology laboratory services. She maintains registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council as a Clinical Scientist and has been awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) through examination in haemato-oncology and laboratory management.

Dr Jude O’Donnell

Dr Jude O’Donnell

Project Team Manager

Dr Jude O’Donnell joined Almac Diagnostics in 2006 and is currently responsible for the project management team and delivery of product development programs.

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Jude obtained her doctorate in Biochemistry from Trinity College Dublin and went on to work as a post-doctoral researcher for 2 years in the Oncology Department of Queen’s University, Belfast. She joined Almac Diagnostics in 2006 and previously held the role of Team Leader within the Clinical Department of Almac Diagnostics where her remit was progression of the Almac Diagnostics’ internal R&D pipeline for biomarker discovery and validation.

Dr Karen Keating

Dr Karen Keating

Product Development Leader

Dr Keating (PhD) has worked in the field of molecular biology for 20 years, predominantly translational oncology. During her 6 years at Almac, Dr Keating has managed the discovery and development of Almac’s proprietary DDRD and AADx Assays and is currently responsible for leading a multidisciplinary team in the strategic clinical and technical development of the AADx Assay towards commercialization.

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Dr Keating obtained a PhD in molecular genetics from University College Cork and completed postdoctoral fellowships in Cambridge, UK and Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia. Dr Keating’s industrial R&D career includes 7 years at the Biotechnology start-up company EiRx Theraputics, as Research and Development Manager, where she led molecular biology, cellular biology, medicinal chemistry and IS teams in the development and commercialization of novel breast cancer targets and therapeutic leads.