Dr. O’Connor is a senior chemical engineer in the Division of Product Quality Research in the Office of Testing and Research and is a member of CDER’s Emerging Technology Team. His responsibilities included coordinating and directing regulatory science projects to support the implementation of emerging technologies in pharmaceutical manufacturing such as continuous manufacturing, 3D printing, and the utilization of modeling and simulation for quality assurance. Tom is a co-author of several papers and book chapters on continuous manufacturing and emerging pharmaceutical technology and has participated in the review of several regulatory applications utilizing continuous manufacturing. He is a member of the continuous manufacturing guidance working group and one of the government liaisons to the US Pharmacopeia expert committee on continuous manufacturing.
Prior to joining the FDA, Tom worked at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering where he held job functions in both process analytical technology and process control. Dr. O’Connor earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from the Cooper Union and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University.