J. Mark Wiggins is Owner and Compendial Consultant with Global Pharmacopoeia Solutions LLC, which he formed after more than 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He was previously Director of Compendial Affairs at Merck & Co., Inc., (known as MSD outside the US and Canada), with more than 15 years’ experience submitting new and revised monographs to pharmacopoeias, as well as reviewing and responding to proposed compendial changes from around the world. Mr. Wiggins also has experience in the testing and release of excipients for use in formulation design, scale-up, and clinical supplies in support of new product research and development, and in the synthesis and characterization of active pharmaceutical ingredients for use in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and depression.
Mr. Wiggins has been an active participant in pharmaceutical industry associations in the US, UK, Europe, Japan and China, and represented PhRMA on the ICH Q4B activities to harmonize general chapters in the pharmacopoeias. Mr. Wiggins has authored several papers, including an introduction to the concept of the "Ideal Pharmacopoeia", "Compendial Globalization", and the industry perspective on the pilot project to achieve “Prospective Harmonization” for API monographs. He has also co-authored a comprehensive series of twelve articles on pharmacopoeia compliance that have been published as on-line regulatory sourcebooks for the journals Pharmaceutical Technology and BioPharm International. He has been an invited speaker at international meetings and conferences on compendial harmonization, including the Ph. Eur. workshop "Quality of Medicines in a Globalized World", and more recently in discussions with the pharmacopoeias and regulators in the US, UK, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, and China. Mr. Wiggins holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Trinity University and the University of Wisconsin, both in the US.