David P. Elder has over 32 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry working for Sterling, Syntex, SmithKline Beecham and GlaxoSmithKline, where he has worked at various director level positions. He is currently a director in the Externalization group (SCINOVO).
He obtained a BSc degree in Applied Chemistry in 1977 from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, an MSc in Analytical Chemistry investigating polymorphic transitions from the same institute in 1982. He obtained a PhD in crystallography from Edinburgh University, UK in 1992.
He is a member of the BP-Committee PCY: Pharmacy. He is a committee member of the Joint Pharmaceutical Analysis Group (JPAG). He is a member of the Chartered Quality Institute, a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), a Chartered Chemist, a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Quality Professional and is a Qualified Person.
Dr Elder has lectured worldwide on a variety of topics including externalization and solid state chemistry. He is a member of EfPIA and PhRMA genotoxic impurities interest groups. He has authored two book chapters and is in the process of authoring a further four book chapters. In addition he has presented more than 60 technical and review articles on a variety of subjects. He has 7 patents to his name.