Dr Derick Mitchell is the Chief Executive of IPPOSI. Derick has over ten years experience of working in patient engagement, scientific communications, multi-stakeholder management and advocacy at both the national and European level. Derick leads IPPOSI’s participation in EUPATI - a unique initiative to develop an EU-wide Patient Training Academy. He is also a member of a number of national committees including the eHealth Ireland committee, the Medical and Life Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy as well as the oversight group on implementation of the National Rare Disease Plan for Ireland. Derick has a PhD in Molecular Medicine from University College Dublin, as well as a BSc in Biotechnology from NUI Galway.