Jon Betts is a registered pharmacist with over 30 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He began his career at Pfizer, Sandwich working in Pharmaceutical R & D before moving to Glaxo Operations, Barnard Castle and then Rhone-Poulenc, Dagenham. He has gained considerable production experience in the manufacture of tablets, sterile products, creams and ointments and is eleigible to act as a Qualified Person.
He spent five years at the Department of Health, Medicines Division (now MHRA) in London where he was the Principal Pharmaceutical Assessor for biological products. In 1986 he joined Alpha Therapeutic UK providing leadership and direction on all technical matters. As the Director of Technical Affairs for this specialist blood products/ biologicals company, he set up and developed a successful regulatory group with international responsibility.
A takeover of the Alpha UK subsidiary by the Spanish company Grifols led to an internationally focused role in Technical Affairs. However, in 1999 he was asked to re-join Alpha and to re-establish their technical operations in Europe. After a further successful phase with Alpha, Jon left to start Pharmitas in 2003.
Jon is respected internationally having been chairman of the plasma products industry association Regulatory Affairs Working Group. He has given a number of talks at international meetings on topics ranging from biotechnology to pharmacovigilance and he has many contacts throughout Europe. He is a lecturer on blood products for the TOPRA M.Sc./Diploma course in Regulatory Affairs.