PDA’s Prestigious Industry and Honor Awards

The PDA Industry and Honor Awards were created to recognize PDA members and companies who provide exceptional leadership to the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical, manufacturing, and science industry and service to the Association.

Since 1958, these awards have been bestowed on PDA members and companies to acknowledge their significant contributions to the industry and their PDA volunteer activities.

The annual Awards Ceremony is held at PDA Week, the industry’s premier event for diverse groups of professionals and companies representing all sectors of industry. The formal awards ceremony kicks off an immersive week of educational sessions, future-focused plenaries, training courses, workshops, exhibitions, and networking opportunities.

Innovation and company awards are presented at PDA’s other prestigious events held across the year.

A Call to Action

The PDA Industry and Honor Awards Committee is seeking to expand the pool of individuals nominated for PDA’s individual focused awards each year to ensure individuals making significant contributions to industry and/or the association have the opportunity to be recognized.

There are eight awards seeking nominees for 2024, each is marked below with an asterisk (*). Please review each award and submit your nominations as appropriate.

Martin VanTrieste Pharmaceutical Science Award*

One of PDA’s most prestigious industry awards. The award recognizes an individual’s outstanding contributions that have advanced the pharmaceutical sciences from Aseptic Processing to Visual Inspection. Past recipients have included pioneers in sterilization processes, leaders in pharmaceutical microbiology, and quality and regulatory professionals working to keep regulations current in the face of industry advances.

The award is presented in honor of past Board Member and long-time industry contributor Martin VanTrieste.

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Edward Smith PDA Packaging Science Award*

Another of PDA’s most prestigious industry awards recognizes outstanding contributions to Pharmaceutical Packaging Science, including the areas of cold chain technology, glass handling and nonconformities in glass containers, container closure, and others.

It is presented in honor of Edward Smith and his long-term contributions to pharmaceutical packaging science.

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Gordon Personeus PDA Volunteer Award*

This Award recognizes an individual for his or her noteworthy and substantive long-term volunteer contributions to industry that have advanced PDA and its mission.

It is presented in memory of Gordon Personeus, past PDA President and long-time volunteer.

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Michael Korczynski International Award*

This Award recognizes contributions made by a PDA member to advance PDA’s international stewardship ensuring it continues to be the leading global provider of science, technology, and regulatory information.

The award is named for Michael S. Korczynski in recognition of the contributions he made in the development of PDA’s international activities.

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Frederick Carleton Award*

This award is named in honor of a past PDA Board of Directors member whose outstanding services to PDA and the Board was deemed by his peers as worthy of high recognition.

It is presented as a tribute to PDA Board of Director’s contributor Frederick Carleton.

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James P. Agalloco Faculty Award

This award is presented annually to the PDA Training and Research Institute (TRI) faculty member who exemplifies outstanding performance in PDA’s industry related education.

The selection is based on student and faculty evaluations for courses offered by PDA during a given year.

It is named for James P. Agalloco in honor of his work in developing PDA’s education program.

PDA does not accept nominations for this award.

Distinguished Service Award*

Up to eight awards are given annually in recognition of PDA member volunteers' special actions, contributions, and service over the past year. These efforts have contributed to the mission, success and strength of PDA as the leading global provider of science, technology, and regulatory information to industry.

Recognition includes notable service as a member. member leader, volunteer, and contributions to PDA Program Planning committees, Task Forces, Interest Groups, and Chapters.

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PDA Outstanding Early Career Professional Award*

This award is given to an Early Career Professional in recognition of special volunteer actions contributing to the success and strength of PDA.

Individuals who receive this award are within the first 5 years of their careers. They must currently hold a professional role in the biopharmaceutical or pharmaceutical industry.

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Frederick D. Simon Award

Established in 1982, this award is presented annually for the best paper published in the PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, as determined by the editors and editorial board.

The award is named in honor of the late Frederick D. Simon, a previous PDA Director of Scientific Affairs.

PDA Letter Article of the Year Award

Chosen by the PDA Letter editor and editorial committee, this award recognized the best feature article published in the prior year based on a number of criteria, including quality of work, popularity and reach, and importance of topic.

PDA Europe Volunteer Appreciation Award

This award recognizes a special member or volunteer member whose actions contributed to the success and strength of PDA in Europe.

PDA Asia/Pacific Volunteer Appreciation Award

This award recognizes a special volunteer member whose actions contributed to the success and strength of PDA in the Asia/Pacific Region.

PDA Chapter of the Year Award

This award recognizes the outstanding PDA chapter of the year.

Outstanding chapters must be in good standing regarding operational qualifications established by PDA. They are invited to nominate themselves or other chapters as the Chapter of the Year.

Please review PDA’s operational chapter qualifications.

Service Appreciation Award

This award recognizes the impactful contributions and activities by an individual on behalf of PDA. The award is given at the end of service for those who have held specific volunteer leadership positions, including:

  • The Board of Directors
  • Advisory Board Chairs
  • Interest Group Leaders
  • Chapter Presidents

PDA President’s Award

This Award recognizes a PDA staff member whose exemplary performance has contributed to PDA’s success during the previous year.

Honorary Membership*

This award confers lifetime PDA membership benefits to the recipient. It is one of PDA’s most significant awards.

The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated years of service to PDA  resulting in advancing PDA’s mission in service and leadership to the biopharmaceutical/pharmaceutical industry.

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