The Alliance Contract Pharma Team

Stephen L. Schweibenz


Steve has more than 30 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He was a founder of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Research Services, Inc. in Horsham, PA, a company specializing in the development, manufacture and laboratory analysis of various pharmaceutical dosage forms including solid, semi-solid and liquid formulations. In his capacity as Director, Analytical Services, Steve developed a world class laboratory providing cGMP compliant component testing, API method development and validation, finished product method development and validation, and stability method development and validation.

Additionally, Steve has served in Laboratory Operations and Business Development roles at E.I. DuPont, Whitehall Laboratories, Greenwich Pharmaceuticals, Lexin Pharmaceuticals.

Steve is a graduate of West Chester University (B.S.) and Temple University (M.B.A.).

Benjamin W. Reed

Vice President, Manufacturing

Ben has more than 15 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He has had management roles in all areas of Analytical Chemistry, including Raw Material Release, Stability and Method Development. He was the EMS/EHS Manager responsible for ISO14001 certification of a 130,000 square foot CDMO facility. He has extensive background in manufacturing various dosage forms from formulation development through clinical manufacturing and finally process validation for commercial manufacturing.

Additionally, Ben is well experienced in sourcing, purchasing and qualifying new manufacturing equipment and the design and operation of cGMP manufacturing suites. He also has experience as a Process Engineer focusing on process transfer and process improvement while at PMRS and TEVA.

He is a graduate of Cedarville University (B.S.).

Shawn J. Connaghan

Vice President, Quality Assurance

Shawn has more than 20 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry serving in increasing Quality Control and Quality Assurance roles at PMRS and Élan.

He offers extensive laboratory and compliance knowledge in all aspects of bringing materials from development through commercialization. Shawn has served as the lead liaison on various FDA and EMEA inspections and executed numerous compliance audits both domestically and internationally. His other accomplishments include both Project Lead and Senior Manager for the qualification, validation and ongoing operation of various pharmaceutical facilities and equipment trains.

Shawn is a graduate of Penn State University (B.S.).

Dennis DiBiagio

Vice President, Business Development

Dennis is a registered pharmacist with more than 33 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

He has an extensive background in pharmaceutical contract manufacturing and has held key positions responsible for product development, clinical and commercial manufacturing and for the design and operation of GMP manufacturing facilities. He has worked as a member of multidisciplinary teams to successfully develop multiple dosage forms to support all phases of clinical development from pre-IND through commercial scale manufacturing. Dennis was a founding partner of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Research Services, Inc. where he was Director of Manufacturing Services, responsible for product development, clinical supply manufacturing and commercial manufacturing.

In addition, Dennis has held various support and leadership positions in product development, manufacturing services and facility management while working at Greenwich Pharmaceuticals and William H. Rorer.

Dennis is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Pharmacy (B.S.).