Peter Dewland
Medical Director

D.O.B: 13th August 1947

423 Catrine
Victoria Wharf
Watkiss Way
CF11 0SB

Mob: +44 (0)7525 354 521

Peter Dewland - C.V.

Education and Qualifications

  • 1958-1965 King Edward’s School, Bath
  • 1965-1971 St Thomas's Hospital Medical School, University of London
  • 1968 - B.Sc in Biochemistry (Upper second class Honours)
  • 1971 - M.B.B.S. Primary Medical Degree
  • 1975 - Certificate in Family Planning
  • 1984 - Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (Dip Pharm Med )
  • 1989 - Member of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (MFPM)
  • 1991 - M.A. in Medical Ethics (University of Wales)
  • 1993 - Fellow of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (FFPM)
  • 1997 - Diploma in Clinical Pharmacology, Society of Apothecaries (DCPSA)

Employment History

  • 1971-72 House Surgeon and House Physician's Posts
  • 1972 Full Registration with GMC
  • 1973-75 Senior House Officer posts in Accident & Emergency, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Mayday Hospital, Croydon.
  • 1976-79 Principal in General Medical Practice, Banstead, Surrey and Metropolitan Police Surgeon.
  • 1979-85 Research Physician, Simbec Research Ltd, South Wales
  • 1985-97 Medical Director, Simbec Research Ltd.
  • 1997-2000 Medical Director, Omnicare Clinical Research, UK, Chippenham, Wilts
  • 2000-01 Senior Medical Director, Omnicare Clinical Research
  • 2002-04 Senior Medical Director in charge of International Medical Group
    (32 countries)
    Country Manager UK (in charge of 130 employees).
  • 2004-2008 Medical Director, Simbec Research Ltd.
  • 2008 current Independent Consultant in Pharmaceutical Medicine


I joined the embryonic Phase I CRO industry over 30 years ago and my career has grown and matured much in the way which that particular business has grown. I have worked for a large Global Phase I unit and also a large CRO in later phases of drug development. I have been involved in almost every potential therapeutic area and, in particular, have experienced all facets of the drug development progress.

The list is not exhaustive but I have worked recently with drugs from all these therapeutic areas:-

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and HRT
  • Respiratory
  • Anti-infectives
  • Arthritis/inflammation
  • Dermatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Cardiovascular
  • CNS
  • Psychtropics
  • Analgesics
  • Anti-emetics

I have supervised extensive trials on just about every possible treatment for asthma. I have completed a programme of studies in Phase I, II & III with a potential anti-asthmatic/anti-allergic drug up to the point of preparing the MAA. I have directed a complete development programme for an antibiotic. I have been involved in many different oncology projects. I was involved in the development of the 5HT3 antagonists for their anti-emetic activity; in so doing I came to work with several oncologists, with whom I still have a good relationship.

Having a background in Clinical Pharmacology has put me in a good position to work in many therapeutic areas. My publication list includes work in the field of rheumatology and, latterly I have been involved in the researching of biologicals and DMARDs in this area.

All aspects of clinical research are appreciated including the statistical and pharmacokinetic theory behind the trials as well as extensive experience of many disease models/surrogate markers and technology for measuring same.

Working with Japanese

I am experienced in working with Japanese companies, having been visiting that country for more than twenty years and have cooperated with seven of the top ten major companies for two of which I have directed their full European development programmes. I was in charge of Business Development with Japanese Pharma for a large Global CRO and grew that part of the business from $1million to over $40million a year. I pride myself in having become familiar with the way these companies work and having grown to understand the culture of the Japanese and their pharmaceutical industry’s approach to R & D.

Managerial Experience

In my last posts I have managed departments of varying sizes, from responsibility for all the clinical aspects of a large Phase I unit to managing a Medical Affairs group consisting of Medical, Safety, Regulatory and Writing groups. More recently I was in administrative charge of a large UK office of 130 people.

I successfully built up, where none existed before, a Medical Affairs Department providing consultancy and safety services in a CRO setting; in just two years this group was earning over half a million pounds per annum for the company.

More recently I have set up and gained MHRA accreditation for a new Phase I unit in one of the UK's major teaching hospitals. I thus have gained accreditation for two separate units.

Medical Ethics

During the mid eighties I became very interested in Medical Ethics and, in particular the workings of Research Ethics Committees. I enrolled on a part time Masters course and gained my degree in Medical Ethics having written a dissertation entitled "Research Ethics Committees". I was instrumental in founding, organising and running the first ever Annual Training Conference for members of Ethics committees in the UK, in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy and Health Care at the University of Wales. The group of us who were involved have changed Government thinking and policy in this area and this continuing annual conference has become the forum through which the Department of Health make known any new information on Research Ethics and has introduced its many recent texts on the matter.

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine

As the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine has evolved, I have supported this professional development and contributed as an Educational Supervisor for students undertaking their Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST). I have also been involved in the Delphi exercise to plan and delineate the training syllabus for the Membership qualifications. In addition I am a member of the Examination Board for the new Diploma in Human Pharmacology.

Teaching / Training

I have been actively involved in training students for the Diploma in Clinical Pharmacology at the Society of Apothecaries (DCPSA) and formed part of the teaching faculty for this examination. This has been superseded by the Diploma in Human Pharmacology to be set by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine and I am a member of the Examination Board for this qualification which, it is hoped, will become the standard for Phase I Principal Investigators

I am actively involved in teaching for the Diploma and Master of Clinical Science courses at the University of Wales and have helped assemble examination questions for these qualifications as well as supervising students during the writing of their dissertations. I also supervise Masters in Toxicology and Research Students.

I am a certified Educational Supervisor at the Royal College of Physicians and act as Educational Supervisor to a cohort of young scientists and physicians training for Pharmaceutical Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology and Clinical Science

Personal Interests

Rugby, as a spectator sport, supporting my two sons who play at county and regional levels.
Flying Radio controlled model aircraft.
Touring on my motorcycle.


Several Papers as principal or joint author; please see list on the publications page.