Joanne Barrick

Senior Director of Global Validation Support within Technical Services/Manufacturing Science, Eli Lilly and Company

“I want to thank my brother, Don, for introducing me to opportunities in industrial pharmacy and Purdue for fostering that interest and providing a solid foundation for career success. Throughout my career in Industry and my leadership roles in ISPE, an inherent sense of patient impact has always guided my decisions. I regard Purdue and the College of Pharmacy with high esteem and thus find this award extremely gratifying.”

BS 1984, Pharmacy, Purdue University

Career Highlights
  • Elected as Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering  (ISPE) during 2020-21. As Chair, the organization successfully addressed challenges presented by COVID-19 requiring significant operating pivots throughout while growing membership by 20%.  Has served seven years on the ISPE International Board.
  • 2012 ISPE Member of the Year and led the 2014 ISPE Committee of the Year.  Led the ISPE industry colleague group focused on practical implementation of the transformative lifecycle approach to process validation. Contributing author of the ISPE Good Practice Guide (GPG) – “Practical Application of the Lifecycle Approach to Process Validation”), 2019.  
  • Contributing author to ISPE Guide – “Product Realization using Quality by Design (QbD)…”, November 2011. Instrumental in QbD product/process development implementation at Lilly including risk management and criticality determination processes.  
  • Led both Upjohn and Lilly’s process revalidation efforts to modernize the approach to process, cleaning, and packaging validation, including the development of standards and training and global training delivery resulting in enhanced compliance status with regulatory authorities.
  • Continued support of Purdue and the Purdue College of Pharmacy through many service and philanthropic initiatives. Publicly recognized with prestigious awards for the support.

Joanne Barrick is currently Sr. Director of Global Validation Support, within Technical Services/ Manufacturing Science at Eli Lilly and Company.  Joanne’s team provides process, cleaning, and packaging validation training and support to Lilly sites throughout the world.  Prior to joining Lilly in 2003, Joanne worked in various operations and technical services roles at Upjohn/Pharmacia/Pfizer for 19 years, leaving Pfizer as Director of Non-sterile Technical Services for the Kalamazoo plant site.

Over the past decade, Joanne has been very active in the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering  (ISPE) – a professional society of over 20,000 members. She was named ISPE Member of the Year in 2012 and Chaired the ISPE Committee of the Year in 2014.  She led the ISPE Process Validation Team to provide industry guidance for practical implementation of the lifecycle approach to manufacturing process validation and prior to that contributed to implementation of International Council for Harmonization (ICH) Q8 - Quality by Design approach to product development.  She was a contributing author to discussion papers, articles, and Good Practice Guides related to both subjects.  Joanne has led and presented at numerous conferences, including two invited presentations at FDA headquarters. She was elected to the ISPE Board of Directors (BOD) in 2014, to the ISPE BOD Executive Committee in 2018, and Chaired the International Board of Directors during 2020-2021.

Joanne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Purdue University. She received the Purdue Women for Pharmacy Leadership Award in 2015 and President’s Council Distinguished Pinnacle Award in 2022.

Joanne resides in Brownsburg, Indiana and her hobbies include a variety of sports and community service activities.