What's New from the Ireland Chapter
2018 Bursary Winner - Aoife Clancy shares PDA EU Annual experience
This June, I was fortunate enough to be awarded a Student Bursary from the Parenteral Drug Association Irish Chapter. The Bursary Award provided me with an opportunity to attend the PDA 3rd Annual Meeting in Berlin. I was extremely excited to attend the event and learn about the current demands within the global healthcare industry and advanced technologies and opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry.
I was welcomed warmly on the first day of the conference by the members of the Irish Chapter. They introduced me to their colleagues and other conference attendees, and I learned about the roles which they assumed in their respective companies.
The theme of the meeting, Global Healthcare of the Present and Future, was of great interest to me, given my background in Pharmacy. The meeting consisted of presentations from regulatory, industry and technology representatives from around the world. Since a lot of my experience comes from patient-facing roles, the talks on Patient Perspectives, personalised medicines and patient centricity appealed to me greatly. The Young Professionals Session of Day 2 was definitely a highlight of the meeting. Cristoph Marschall, who also completed an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy, presented on Protein Powder Suspensions and their viability as an alternative to conventional formulations. Cristoph spoke about problems associated with proteins due to their potential to aggregate, causing conformational changes. He discussed the issue of viscosity with non-aqueous formulations, which can present challenges during the injection process. I could really connect with this topic, having completed relevant modules during my time in Trinity College. Finally, the Multi Organ Chip Technologies presentation by Reyk Horland was very inspiring. It was exciting to hear about the ways in which safety and efficacy data can be generated much earlier in the drug development timeline.
To compliment the fantastic presentations at the meeting, the networking event on the first night afforded me with a memorable tour of Berlin via the channels of the city. We embarked on a cruise through the city - a very novel way to see the sights. This is a memory I will never forget.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to PDA Ireland for awarding me the Student Bursary and providing me the amazing opportunity to attend the European Annual Meeting. I learned so much, met so many incredible people, networked and found career inspiration.
PDA Ireland recently sponsored the Salters Festival of Chemistry.
The Salters Institute hosted The Salters festival to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among adolescent students. The initiative also showcases careers in the chemical and allied industries and teaching field.
On the 21st of April, students from 20 schools from the province of Leinster enjoyed an exciting day of scientific exploration at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry, at the Salters Institute, School of Chemistry.
Teams of four 11-13 year-olds represented their school in three chemistry focused experiments and challenges.
The students competed in their first challenge called The Salters Challenge The Blot Strokes Again to challenge their analytical chemistry skills. Next, the students were tasked to prepare a chemical recipe for composing seven different colors called the University Challenge. The day ended with an interactive Flashers and Bangs lecture.
PDA Ireland announce Bursary Winners
In partnership with PDA Europe, we have continued our commitment to provide educational development opportunities for students by producing our 2nd Bursary.
This year, we accepted applications to third level students (undergraduate and postgraduate). The bursary included a free ticket to the PDA Annual Meeting on 26 - 27 June 2018 in Berlin and 800 euro towards travel expenses and accommodation.
We are proud to announce the names of our 2018 Bursary recipients: Shane Murphy and Aoife Clancy.
Shane Murphy is currently studying Bioanalysis at the Institute of Technology in Tallaght (Dublin), Ireland. In September, Shane will return to college to complete his Bachelor Honours Degree.
"I entered the bursary as I wanted to expand my knowledge of the Pharmaceutical industry, and see first hand the new innovative ideas and techniques used today."The bursary also provides young scientists like myself a chance to network and network with like-minded individuals.
I am in currently living in Germany for a research internship studying Bone Regeneration and Extracellular vesicles as diagnostic markers in Leipzig, East Germany. I'm really looking forward to traveling to Berlin and attending the PDA conference.
Aoife Clancy recently completed her final year exams in Trinity College Dublin and will graduate with a First Class Honours B.Sc.(Pharmacy) degree. Aoife is currently working with a summer research internship position at Trinity and will commence her Masters in Pharmacy placement in St. James's Hospital in September.
Over the last four years, I have spent my time gaining experience in both the hospital and community pharmacy settings, enhancing my clinical knowledge. My time in hospital pharmacy heightened my interest in biological medicines, sterile manufacturing, and continuity of supply (following the pipericillin-tazobactam shortage of 2016).
PDA Ireland Chapter Annex 1 Event, 17 May 2018
PDA Ireland Chapter Officers were delighted to attend the PDA conference on #Annex1 draft in Dublin on May 17th
Chapter Officers: (L) Declan Quinlan, Aidan Harrington, Greg McGurk, Falk Klar (PDA EU Vice President), and Ann McGee (R)
PDA Ireland Chapter Cleaning Validation Event, 25 April, 2018
On April 25th over 100 people attended the PDA Cleaning Validation event in NIBRT to hear about the latest developments in relation to cleaning validation. Present on the day were representatives from the pharmaceutical industry and experts in the latest cleaning validation advances for pharmaceutical production. Case studies were presented with practical information on risk and science based approaches that showcase effective implementation on cleaning processes. The day also included a practical demonstration at NIBRT associated with equipment cleaning.
Experience the PDA Ireland Chapter Cleaning Validation Event
NIBRT Annual Careers Event
On April 14th 2018, PDA Ireland exhibited at the annual Careers in BioPharma event in NIBRT. Over 500 attendees came along on the day and had the opportunity to meet with PDA Ireland, and blue chip employers from the rapidly expanding Biopharma Industry in Ireland. The Irish biopharma industry continues to grow with 20 biologics manufacturing sites and $10 billion in capital investment in the last decade, the sector is forecast to add 8,400 new jobs up to 2020. Those who want to work within the biopharma sphere had an great opportunity to talk to people who work for some of major facilities. PDA is delighted to have exhibited at this event and meet with students and job seekers.
PDA Ireland networking with Ireland’s Young Professionals in Dublin
The PDA Ireland chapter hosted their first event for Young Professionals (YP’s) in Dublin’s Hilton Hotel Kilmainham on 22 March 2018. The event was designed as an opportunity for students and recent graduates to network with PDA members to learn more about the opportunities in the pharmaceutical business in Ireland and about the PDA. Students from each of the third level colleges in the Dublin area attended as well as graduates from Amgen, Pfizer, BMS, and Allergan. Shane Costigan who was the recipient of the 2017 bursary to the European PDA conference presented on his PDA journey over the past 12 months. The attendees provided positive feedback on the event and we hope to arrange similar events in other parts of the country later in the year.