Dave Ahern - Chief Executive Officer

Since helping to found Coalesce in 2009, Dave has been involved in every aspect of the company’s development. He currently divides his time between running the business and managing projects.
Dave began his career designing bespoke bomb-disposal robots and then, at the opposite end of the spectrum, mice and trackballs for high volume manufacture in the Far East. From Logitech, he moved into consultancy with Scientific Generics (now Sagentia) and his focus changed mainly to the medical sector and eventually to drug delivery devices. Over the past two decades, both as an independent consultant and then at Coalesce, he has worked on a variety of medical devices, ranging from a gamma knife for Elekta, thoracic surgery equipment for Covidien, an arthroscopic surgical device for Gyrus Medical and a hand-held magnetic probe for sentinel node biopsy procedures for Endomag.

Dave’s particular expertise is in respiratory drug delivery devices, built up while working on and managing inhaler projects for, amongst others, Dey Pharmaceuticals, Chiesi, Novartis, Teva and Vectura. Recently Dave has been focussing more on parenteral drug delivery devices which share many of the same regulatory and technical challenges as their respiratory counterparts.

Dave is passionate about music and likes nothing more than schooling Ewen on the virtues of obscure minimalist Teutonic techno or 1970s Jamaican Dub, both of which have a merciful paucity of bagpipes.