SSPC Six Years In The Making: Looking Back & Moving Forward

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University of Limerick

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SSPC will present Six Years In The Making: Looking Back & Moving Forward at the Jean Monnet Theatre on Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the University of Limerick. The event marks six years of the Centre from 2013-2019, with invited guest speakers marking SSPC's achievements, comments from alumni and the experiences of industrial members. To mark the close out of the Centre for this iteration, PhD graduate and Education & Public Engagement champions will be awarded for their efforts and accomplishment. Day two celebrates SSPC moving forward from 2019-2025.


Tuesday 28th of May – LOOKING BACK, Jean Monnet Theatre, University of Limerick

10am Welcome & Agenda – Denise Croker, SSPC Executive Director
10.10am SSPC 2013 – 2019: A Perspective on Centre Progress & Achievements – Denise Croker

Industry Perspective – Michael Napier, Janssen

10.50am Research Achievements 1

“Sustainable Catalysis using Pharmaceutically Relevant Substrates”, Ger McGlacken, UCC
“Production, stabilisation and isolation of API nanoparticles”, Sarah Hudson, UL

11.40am Panel Session – “SSPC – the Alumni experience”, Chair Prof. Anita Maguire

Anthony Maher – UL (PhD 2012)
Shahab Ud Din – WIT (PhD 2018)
Steven Ferguson – UCD (PhD/ FI 2019)
Mary Ellen Crowley – UCC (PhD 2017)
Ines Amaro – TCD (PDRA 2014)

12.30-2pm Networking Lunch – Poster Display & Vendor Exhibition

2pm Research Achievements 2

“Generating stable amorphous polymer dispersions of BCS Class II drugs with enhanced dissolution properties”, Niall O’Reilly, WIT
"Exipient considerations for Formulation Design", Abina Crean, UCC

2.50pm Panel Session – “SSPC – my experience as an industrial member”, Chair Catriona Cashell, Pfizer

Philip Dorgan – Principal Scientist, Alkermes
Marie Kissane – Team Leader Small Molecule Technical Services/Manufacturing Science, Eli Lilly
Conor O’Regan – Senior R&D Process Engineer, FMC/Dupont
Eoin McManus – Chief Operations Officer, APC
Joe Hannon – CEO Scale-Up Systems

3.50pm Tea/Coffee

4.20pm SSPC Award Recipients 2018, Chair Prof. Pat Guiry, UCD

SSPC PhD Graduate 2018, Ryan Paraic Craig – “Development of enantioselective processes catalysed by novel assymetric bifunctional phase-transfer organocatalysts”, sponsored by Eli Lilly
SSPC Education & Public Engagement Champion 2018, Udaya Khandavilli - "My journey through EPE with SSPC"
Presentation by Dr Sarah Hayes & 20 minute lecture
5.10pm SSPC Governance Chair Changeover, farewell to Joe Harford and Close of Day, Professor Emeritus Kieran Hodnett

Dinner Castletroy Park Hotel 6.30pm

Wednesday 29th – MOVING FORWARD, Jean Monnet Theatre, University of Limerick

9.00am Welcome & Agenda – Prof. Gavin Walker, SSPC Co-Director

9.05am Invited Speaker – Fergal Donnelly, European Commission, a perspective piece on the state of the pharma industry as the sector moves into the next decade

9.45am Introducing SSPC Phase II: Centre Structure & Overview – Prof. Gavin Walker, SSPC Co-Director

10.05am Cutting Ribbon SSPC/PharM5 The beginning, with Tea, Coffee & Cake

10.50am PharM5 Research Focus (New Themes): Introducing new thematic areas and Investigators

Molecules II – "Bioconjugation, flow and responsive systems – Towards smarter pharmaceuticals", Robert Elmes, MU
Molecules III – “Interaction of chemicals with living systems: In vitro models” Donal O’Gorman, DCU
Manufacturing – “Understanding the physical and chemical factors that influence protein stability and its impact on Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing” Jennifer McManus, MU
Modelling – “Mathematical modelling of moving boundary problems with Industrial applications”, Sarah Mitchell, UL MACSI

11.50m: Funding Opportunities & Experience with Donal Killackey, SSPC Funding Officer

12.50pm: “The EPSRC-SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Transformative Pharmaceutical Technologies” – Professor Anne Marie Healy, TCD and Professor Snjezana (Snow) Stolnik-Trenkic, University of Nottingham

1.20pm: Closing comments, Denise Croker, SSPC Executive Director

1.30pm: LUNCH TO GO

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