Gordon Hutton, Ph.D.

Materials Science Lead, Pharma Services
Cork, Ireland

Key roles and responsibilities

  • Pharmaceutical materials scientist for over sixteen years, leading a team of materials scientists on complex projects while working across drug product and drug substance boundaries
  • Responsible for leading projects related to troubleshooting, change management, and technical transfer activities by consulting with technical representatives in these areas, and providing project support by materials science (MatSci) characterization and reporting of results and recommendations based on findings
  • Subject matter expert in multiple MatSci physical properties and characterization techniques including laser diffraction, microscopy, and powder flow; current role involves supporting multiple clients with projects at various stages in the pharma product life cycle from pre-clinical to commercial
  • Handle day to day management of MatSci laboratory ensuring all instrumentation is well maintained and qualified to the appropriate level for work performed

Professional highlights

  • Career spans over twenty-six years in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Joined Thermo Fisher Scientific through the 2019 acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) manufacturing facility in Cork, Ireland
  • While in MatSci role with GSK, daily work included appropriately characterizing drug substance attributes and then linking attributes both to drug substance manufacturing process performance and performance in drug products
  • Previously worked as a research and development chemist for GSK, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Chiroscience, supporting development of new active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and commercial manufacturing


  • Doctor of Philosophy in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Cambridge, U.K.
  • Bachelor’s degree in pure & applied chemistry from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, U.K.

Scientific expertise

  • Organic chemistry
  • Crystallization processes for commercial applications
  • Materials science expert
  • API development
  • Commercial manufacturing

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