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SSPC shortlisted for 2016 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards

SSPC shortlisted for 2016 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards

Dr Brian De Souza and Dr Pat Frawley, SSPC pictured outside the Analog Devices Building at UL

The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) at UL has been shortlisted for the 2016 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards.
Developed in 2015 by the American Chamber of Commerce, Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy, the awards recognise and acknowledge exemplary ideas, originating in Irish organisations, making a social and economic impact through research innovation in meeting market needs.

SSPC is among a shortlist of 6 in the Irish Higher Education Institution (HEI) Research Centre or Institute with US links category.

SSPC has been shortlisted in this category for its application by Dr Patrick Frawley, Dr Giuseppe Cogoni, Dr Brian de Souza and Dr. Denise Croker, as part of the UL and Pfizer Global Process Development Centre collaboration to deliver innovative improved manufacturing process for world leading medicine.

Dr Pat Frawley, SSPC, UL said,“We are delighted to be involved in the discovery of a new commercial process to deliver an innovative improved manufacturing process for world leading medicine and honoured to be shortlisted for this award.”

The application involves work done by the SSPC team who worked with the Pfizer Global Process Development Centre (PDC) using a combination of accurate design space determination and process modelling to determine an important process improvement in one of Pfizer’s leading commercial manufacturing processes.  Improved productivity and efficiency were derived from the process innovation.

The PDC group undertakes major process redesign and innovative new technology introduction for Pfizer globally using a team of skilled chemists, analysts and engineers.  PDC is a member of the SSPC which is funded by Science Foundation Ireland.  SSPC has 129 researchers across academic institutions and has a combined membership of 45 industrial and academic partners.

Pharmaceutical manufacturing is a priority research area for UL and the SSPC is committed to informing R&D activities through innovative research on manufacturing processes. This partnership has built credibility between Irish sites and corporate units, resulting in increased R&D investments in facilities within Ireland.

The winners, in three award categories, will be announced at the 2016 American Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner to be held in Dublin on 20th May 2016.

The 2016 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards are sponsored by KPMG and Ulster Bank and supported by The Irish Times.