The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), a global hub of pharmaceutical process innovation and advanced manufacturing, funded by Science Foundation Ireland and industry, is a unique collaboration between 24 industry partners, nine research performing organisations, and 12 international academic collaborators.
With €42 million in direct funding and a further €39 million leverage, SSPC supports a community of over 350 individual national and international active members, including 29 Investigators, 40 post-doctoral researchers and 60 PhD candidates. The SSPC leads the way for next generation drug manufacture and spans the entire pharmaceutical production chain from synthesis of the molecule, to the isolation of the material, and formulation of the medicine.
The SSPC community of 132 researchers is involved in 20 research projects. Recent collaborative projects include:
SSPC works with 24 industry partners to deliver relevant solutions that address the manufacturing needs of pharmaceutical companies. At a corporate level, SSPC industry partners recognise the power of the collective and can facilitate unique collaborations. APC Ltd., a SSPC spin-out company, has created over 40 highly skilled jobs within the pharmaceutical sector.
SSPC’s Dr Patrick Frawley and Dr Brian de Souza, worked with Pfizer Global Process Development Centre, discovering a new commercial process to deliver an innovative, improved manufacturing process for a world leading medicine.
|Johnson & Johnson Automation Centre of Excellence||Eirgen Pharma||Merck Sharp & Dohme|
|Amebis||Genzyme: A Sanofi Company||Roche|
|APC Limited||Glantreo||Rusal AAL|
|Bristol Myers Squibb||Innopharma Labs||UCB Pharma|
SSPC in collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland, is involved in many local and national events including Science Week, National Ploughing Festival, SSPC National Crystal Growing Competition, chemistry demonstration workshops and more. SSPC provides professional development training to teachers and connects post-primary students with access to scientists via the Smart Futures programme. SSPC actively supports industry partners and their research associates through industry focused upskilling and training. SSPC also provides an industrial placement programme for PhD candidates.
Prof Kieran Hodnett - Scientific Director
Kieran Hodnett is Professor of Chemical and Environmental Science and the former Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Limerick. His current research interests are polymorphism in pharmaceutical compounds and active pharmaceutical crystallisation into excipient matrices. He has produced more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles, which have over 2,800 ISI citations, and has supervised 30 PhD students to completion.
Jon O’Halloran - General Manager
Aisling Arthur - Spokes Project Manager
Dr Kristy Butler - Reporting and Compliance Officer
Dr Joanne Conroy - Industrial Liaison Officer
Donald McDonagh - Funding Manager
Louise O'Neill - Communications Officer
Dr Sarah Hayes - Education and Outreach Officer
Rosaleen Archbold - Senior Administrator
Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre
University of Limerick
+353 (0)61 234629
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