Thomas is a highly accomplished RDE Service Engineer & Cleaning Validation Manager with over 20 years of experience in optimizing and validating cleaning processes in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and personal care industries. He holds a state certification as a food chemist from the University of Wuppertal, Germany. His expertise is recognized globally as he actively participates in various standard-setting organizations, including the ASTM E55 WK15778 Cleaning Process Development & Validation Team, which published the new risk-based Cleaning Validation Process Standard in March 2018. He is also an active member of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) and has contributed to updates in Technical Report 29 (2019).
As a Global Technical Manager, Thomas provides invaluable technical consultation to pharmaceutical, API, biotechnology, and personal care manufacturers across Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Africa, assisting them in optimizing their cleaning processes. With extensive experience in cleaning validation for product contact surfaces, Thomas has developed more than 1500 cleaning programs and recommendations over the past five years. His expertise extends to addressing regulatory inspection findings related to cleaning processes, implementing corrective and preventive action (CAPA) plans to prevent re-occurrence.
Thomas's contributions to the industry go beyond consultancy, as he regularly shares his knowledge and insights through presentations and workshops for renowned organizations such as ISPE (International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering), Informa LifeScience, VDMA, and FDANEWS. Additionally, Thomas has co-authored articles in respected publications such as "Pharmaceutical Engineering," "Pharmaceutical Online," and "Biotechnology Online," showcasing his thought leadership and expertise.
Prior to joining Ecolab, Thomas garnered valuable experience in the healthcare/pharmaceutical and food industries, further enriching his depth of knowledge in cleaning chemistry, cleaning process optimization, and regulatory compliance.