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University pharmacy department wins prestigious innovation award

The University of Hertfordshire
Posted on: 07 Oct 16

The University of Hertfordshire has won the prestigious Pharmaceutical Industry Network Group (PING) 2016 Innovation Award for its business-facing approach to the sector.

The prize was awarded to the University’s Department of Pharmacy Pharmacology and Postgraduate Medicine at PING’s annual conference. The award was for the Department’s ‘contribution to and engagement with the region’s pharmaceutical industry, working across academia and with industry to form collaborative initiatives to make a difference to people's lives'.

One such example is the University’s unique MSc in Regulatory Affairs delivered in partnership with TOPRA, the membership organisation for healthcare regulatory affairs professionals across Europe. The course is the only one of its kind delivered with and for industry professionals.   

PING also championed the University’s cutting edge research in pulmonary drug delivery, in partnership with global players such as GSK, Pfizer and AZ, including its participation in the ‘Crack It Inhalation Translation Challenge’ as part of the KHN consortium, and the EPSRC-funded INFORM 2020 Molecules to Manufacture project. 

The Department was cited for the entrepreneurial approach of its staff, including the ongoing development of its own Campus Pharmacy, and the upcoming launch of a spin-out company from the Research Centre for Topical Drug Delivery and Toxicology in 2017. The judges also commended the University for being one of PING's most active participants and forming numerous links and relationships across the sector.

Dr Darragh Murnane, Associate Dean Enterprise and Consultancy and the University’s representative at PING, said: ‘As a new Pharmacy school, we have strived to create a new way of working with the industry, and we take our role in driving regional economic growth seriously. Winning such awards doesn’t only bolster our standing across the pharmaceutical industry, but also cements the institution’s reputation as the UK’s leading business-facing university.’

Dr Matthew Traynor, Head of the Department of Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Postgraduate medicine added: ‘It is an absolute honour for the Department to win such a prestigious award from a network of industry colleagues and peers. It is a testament to the hard work of the staff and students who are consistently trying to innovate and push the boundaries of the sector.’  

PING is a networking group for people working across the pharmaceutical supply chain and allows them to share best practice, industry developments and other relevant ideas. It regularly hosts meetings, round-table discussions and larger learning events where businesses in the sector can grow and develop.

Paul Gershlick, who leads law firm Veale Wasbrough Vizards' Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences team and founded PING, added: ‘I started the network six years ago as a place where people in the sector could share ideas and generally help each other during a time of great change. Since then, it has grown into something much more and I am delighted the University of Hertfordshire has been an integral part of it since its inception. The University of Hertfordshire has contributed an enormous amount towards working collaboratively with the other members of PING. I am delighted to congratulate Darragh and the team as they fully deserve this award for the outstanding work they are doing in the sector.'

As well as its annual conference, PING also holds large seminars with well-known speakers from the sector, such as Professor Brian Smith and Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP. The group is supported by the Hertfordshire LEP, Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce and Watford Council.

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Mike Wood

Last updated on: 07/10/2016

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