Board of Directors

The board of PrecisionBiotics combines depth of scientific oversight with commercial and venture capital experience:


Maurice Wolridge, Chair

Maurice also serves as a Director of Pharmanova and the Ireland US Council. He has extensive experience in the healthcare industry, including roles as Vice President Manufacturing, Pfizer, Managing Director Global Healthcare Partners, DLJ Merchant Banking Group, Chief Executive Officer Next Pharma Technologies and FAMAR, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Marinopoulos Group. 


Barry Kiely,

Barry is one of the founders of PrecisionBiotics (PB) and has been CEO since its formation. Prior to founding PB, he was General Manager of BioResearch Ireland's National Food Biotechnology Centre  and responsible for campus company development.  He has also worked for Royal Dutch Shell as R&D Manager of International Biochemicals. Barry completed his microbiology degree and Ph.D at University College Cork, Ireland.


Brian Barrett,

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Brian is also an associate of the Irish Taxation Institute. Prior to joining PB in 2005, he worked in the mineral exploration sector. He trained with Ernst & Young before moving work in the Dairy industry with Lakeland Dairies and then the technology sector with U.S. multinationals Modus Media and AT&T. Brian is also Company Secretary for PB.


Emmet Browne

Emmet has a proven track record of delivering growth and value creation in some of the world’s largest life science companies. He has more than 25 years global  experience in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and nutrition industries. He has held senior positions including Regional President Pfizer Nutritionals for Europe, Pacific Rim & Emerging Markets, Managing Director for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Ireland and President of Transition and Integration for Nestle.  Emmet is the former Chairman of  Blanchardstown Institute of Technology and was Vice President of the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association. He is currently CEO of Nuritas.



Harry A. Cockrell

Harry is Managing Director of Pacific Tiger Group, a Hong Kong-based privately held investment group with a wide range of businesses and assets across the Asia Pacific region. He is also a Director of Pathfinder Investment Holdings Corporation, a Philippines real estate management group. Harry is a former director of Hanesbrands and former investment committee member of the Asian Infrastructure Fund. Prior to that, he was a Director of Corporate Banking for the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia and Banking Advisor for Middle Eastern and Asian interests. He is also a Board member of Sonoco Products Company since 2013, where he serves as a member of the Financial Policy Committee and the Compensation Committee of the Board.


Charles Daly

Charles is Emeritus Professor of Food Science and Technology at University College, Cork. His main research interests are in food fermentation and food safety. He has an active record of participation in national and EU Framework Research Programmes and has served as coordinator of major transnational EU food biotechnology projects. Professor Daly has received international awards from the American Dairy Science  Association, the Danone Foundation, the Dutch Dairy Nutrition Foundation and the International Union of Food Science Associations.

He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Dairying)  from  University College Cork and Ph.D. in Food Microbiology from Oregon State University, USA.