Tánaiste launches a world first in pharmaceutical R&D collaboration at University of Limerick

World’s First Pharmaceutical Collaborative Best Practice Crystallization Web-Portal - www.BPX.ie launched The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Ms Mary Coughlan T.D., has today (Friday November 6th, 2009) unveiled the world’s first Pharmaceutical Best Practice Portal www.BPX.iedesigned for, and by, pharmaceutical industry and academic institutions.

Tánaiste launches a world first in pharmaceutical R&D collaboration at University of Limerick

The website has been developed through the Solid State Pharmaceutical Cluster (SSPC). The SSPC, which is led by the University of Limerick (UL), is a collaborative research group of Ireland’s leading pharmaceutical companies and third level institutions, with Government funding being provided through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). The SSPC brings together leading researchers from: Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Eli-Lilly, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Roche, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Clarochem, Covidien, Schering Plough together with counterparts from University of Limerick, University College Cork, NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin,

Launching the portal, the Tánaiste said “This is a landmark day for scientific research in Ireland and, indeed, on a global scale. The development of this secure online facility enables unprecedented collaboration among a range of industrial and academic partners, towards establishing best practice in the field of pharmaceutical compound crystallisation.”

The Best Practice Crystallization (BPX.ie) site is the result of a need highlighted by industrial partners to create a collaborative environment which would focus on best practice techniques. This in turn will assist key research efforts, while supporting the sector locally within Ireland in its strategy to move up the R&D knowledge and value chain.

The Tánaiste added “This proactive and visionary arrangement illustrates the collective determination among Ireland’s scientific community to pool their resources and expertise towards achieving far-reaching outcomes for the benefit of Ireland, and for the stakeholders involved. For me, this unparalleled level of engagement signals the genesis of a new kind of multi-sectoral partnership which, it is hoped, will be adopted by other disciplines in the wider science and engineering arena, both here and internationally.”

Professor Kieran Hodnett, Scientific Director of SSPC at UL said; “The launch of the BPX portal is not only a world first in collaboration within the pharmaceutical community but it also further reinforces Ireland’s reputation as a leader and innovator in a sector which plays such a vital role in our economy. This project is an excellent example of academic institutions and industry partners working together in a collaborative manner to address a specific need and generating knowledge based solutions to a collective problem.”

Dr. Stephen Simpson, Director, Life Science, Science Foundation Ireland, stated that “The SFI Strategic Research Cluster model clearly demonstrates the benefits of pooling resources and is creating new opportunities which can potentially accelerate commercial outputs and other beneficial consequences. The Best Practice Crystallization portal (BPX.ie) will create a focus point for industry and academia and build further on momentum generated by SSPC around it’s specialized discipline.”

Notes to the Editor

1. The pharmaceutical industry in Ireland employs 20,000+ and last year accounted for €44 billion in exports or 51% of exports to the economy. The aim of a forum [website] of this kind is to provide R&D support for the pharmaceutical industry and academic research by developing strategic partnerships and sharing best practice techniques.

2. The Solid State Pharmaceutical Cluster was established by Science Foundation Ireland in 2007 under their Strategic Research Clusters Programme with funding of €6.97m. The SSPC comprises 39 researchers currently. Through the SSPC research group the strategic needs of the Pharmaceutical Industry in Ireland can be aligned with the research of our institutions, therefore ensuring Ireland develops and maintains a strong profile of leading edge innovation within the industry at large.

3. The Best Practice Crystallization (BPX.ie) site is the result of a need highlighted by industrial partners to create a collaborative environment which would focus on best practice techniques. This in turn will assist fundamental research, addressing while supporting the sector locally within Ireland in it’s strategy to move up the R&D knowledge and value chain.

4. Best Practice in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Drugs and medicines are manufactured in different ways by different pharmaceutical companies. Each pharmaceutical company has developed unique practices and methods for optimising the manufacture of their specific products. This unique expertise has been combined with the most up-to-date theory to create BPX.ie, an online community for members of the Solid State Pharmaceutical Cluster. BPX.ie describes the current best practice in crystallisation. Here information can be found on all crystallisation related topics in one location, a location in which users of the site also have the ability to communicate directly and discuss issues, troubleshoot and problem solve. BPX.ie was constructed from the combined efforts of academic and industrial members of the SSPC, working in dedicated focus groups.

For further information about the Solid State Pharmaceutical Cluster (SSPC) and Best Practice Crystallization BPX.ie contact:
Jon O’Halloran, Project Manager, Solid State Pharmaceutical Cluster, University of Limerick+353 (0)61 234629, +353 (0)86 8370084. email: Jon.ohalloran@ul.ie

For further information about Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) contact:
Alva O'Cleirigh, Communications Manager, SFI, +353 1 607 3249 / + 353 87 9152553

For further information about the University of Limerick contact:
Christine Brennan, Acting Press Officer, Corporate Affairs Division, University of Limerick, Ph : 061 20 2219 / Mobile : 086 781 8441
 

Published: 19th November 2009.


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