SSPC News & Events

SSPC actively seeking candidates Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship applications


SSPC welcomes applications from experienced researchers via the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships scheme. In order to secure funding, the experienced researcher must develop a proposal with the host Institute of his/her choice by September 11, 2019. Contact SSPC Funding Manager, for more information.

Six Years In The Making: SSPC Strand 1 & 2 Showcase hosted by Pfizer


Kindly hosted and sponsored by Pfizer on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Raffeen Golf Club. The event, Six Years In The Making, highlighted SSPC research achievements specific to the Strand 1 (Molecules) and Strand 2 (Materials) research programme. A selection of posters from each strand were presented with a complete list of Centre publications arising from SSPC activity in the period June 2013 to December 2018.

SSPC visit 7 companies in 4 states in 3 days after SFI St. Patrick's Day Science Medal event

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SSPC’s Co-Directors Prof. Gavin Walker and Michael Zaworotko, Executive Director Dr Denise Croker and Industry Engagement Manager, Aisling Arthur, attended the SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal event in Boston. An event recognising US-based scientists for their contributions to research and industry. The 2019 medals were presented to Prof. Eamonn Quigley, chief of gasteoenterology and hepatology, Houston Methodist Hospital and Michael Mahoney, CEO of Boston Scientific.

Dr Luis Padrela wins at the Irish Laboratory Awards

Congratulations to Dr Luis Padrela on winning Laboratory Staff Member of the Year at the Irish Laboratory Awards. Luis, a lecturer in Bioprocess Engineering at Chemical Science Dept. and a Investigator in SSPC and the Bernal Institute, University of Limerick won the award for his work in Biopharmaceutical and Pharmaceutical Particle Engineering, Nanotechnologies and Continuous Manufacturing. He has developed industrial expertise in Quality by Design, scale-up methods and particle engineering technologies for small and large molecule APIs with particular emphasis to spray drying of monoclonal antibodies. He has worked within the highest standards of quality in the pharma industry (GLP, GMP).

Read Dr Luis Padrela's SSPC journey #SSPCStories


Dr Luis Padrela, lecturer in Industrial Biochemistry, Department of Chemical Sciences, Course Director for the newly formed SSPC/University of Limerick (UL) specialist diploma in regulatory affairs in (bio)pharmaceuticals, and SSPC Funded Investigator at UL. Following his PhD, Luis worked in the pharmaceutical industry for almost 2 years (Hovione FarmaCiência, Portugal) before joining SSPC as a postdoctoral researcher and as a senior research fellow.

University of Limerick Case Study with Bernal Chair and SSPC Co-Director Prof. Gavin Walker

Personalised medicine is the next great global challenge for the pharmaceutical industry. The vision of the pharmacy of the future is one in which pharmacies employ disruptive technologies to enable on-demand manufacture of drugs designed to individual needs. For example, multiple medications may be prescribed that treat a patient’s exact age-profile and medical history. These medications could then be 3D printed into one tablet, on-demand at the patient’s local drug supplier.

Dr Mehakpreet Singh receives Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Fellow

Congraulations to Dr Mehakpreet Singh, who not only received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Fellow but scored an impressive 100% for his project. He will work on a project on mathematical modelling of particulate processes for pharmaceutical drug manufacturing with SSPC Co-Director Prof. Gavin Walker and Bernal Chair of Pharmaceutical Engineering at the University of Limerick in the Bernal Institute.

SSPC recruiting for 3 fully-funded 4-year PhD studentships


SSPC recruiting for 3 fully-funded 4-year PhD studentships in the EPSRC-SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Transformative Pharmaceutical Technologies. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Council, Science Foundation Ireland and 19 industry partners, the EPSRC-SFI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Transformative Pharmaceutical Technologies provides world-leading training to prepare strategic-thinking scientists for high achieving careers in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.