Dublin, Ireland, 28 September 2020 – Orphan Drug Consulting is delighted to welcome Grainne Higgins to its growing international consulting team.

Grainne’s focus will be twofold within Orphan Drug Consulting, both supporting our clients with their Human Resources needs across talent/recruitment/organizational strategy & development; in addition to providing Executive and Leadership coaching to implement best practice to our new client leadership teams. Coupling Grainne’s significant experience to our existing entity establishment services adds to our integration of service and overall value proposition within Orphan Drug Consulting.

Grainne has over 30 years of Human Resources leadership experience within the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to establishing her own Executive coaching and HR Consulting practice, Grainne held the role of Vice President, Human Resources, Global Commercial Operations, for Alexion Pharmaceuticals, based in Zurich, CH. Grainne also acted (ad interim) as Chief Human Resources Officer for Shire PLC, having joined that company as Vice President, Human Resources Shire HGT in 2003 in Nyon, CH. Grainne began her career with Schering Plough (Merck) and spent 23 years in roles of increasing responsibility within their Global Human Resources function, with periods spent in Ireland, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the US.

Grainne is a graduate of both University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin with a BSocSc (hons) in Social Science and MSc (distinction) in Organizational Behaviour, respectively. Postgraduate studies in Professional Coaching (Certified Professional Coach) and  Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching) and Executive HR Program (University of Michigan Business School) followed.

Evelyn Kelly, Managing Director of Orphan Drug Consulting commented on Grainne’s appointment: “I am delighted to welcome Grainne and her breadth of experience to the team at Orphan Drug Consulting. People are the greatest resource we have within any business, so to be able to leverage Grainne’s experience and know-how on behalf of our clients in recruiting, building and retaining talented staff, and giving those teams the tools they need to succeed and deliver the business objectives, provides a great resource to our innovative clients. As many of our clients are US headquartered, assisting them in establishing business entities overseas, particularly within the Irish market, means local expertise, especially in the HR space, is of vital importance. I look forward to working closely with Grainne as Orphan Drug Consulting continues to grow.”

Grainne adds: “I am delighted to join Orphan Drug Consulting at this exciting time. Being able to assist both Orphan Drug Consulting and its global client base as they grow and add to their organizations allows me to continue to focus on my passions of supporting business and coaching the leaders of the future”.



About Orphan Drug Consulting Ltd

Orphan Drug Consulting coordinate product launch into US, EU, and other international markets, providing strategic support in the areas of supply chain, quality assurance, vendor management and entity management with its team of experienced industry professionals. From full-service solutions to solving specific immediate requirements, Orphan Drug Consulting is your partner of choice to manage market complexities ensuring your successful product launch to meet your patients’ needs.

For more information contact davidcrowley@orphandrugconsulting.com or visit www.orphandrugconsulting.com.


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