Regeneron Awards

2021 Regeneron Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the Regeneron MSc Biotechnology awards, Liam Nicholl, Josh O'Brien and Aoife Sreenan. Aoife and Liam are first class honours UCC BSc Biochemistry graduates and Josh is a first class honours MTU Pharmaceutical Biotechnology graduate.

Aoife’s was selected for her presentation entitled “How COVID-19 variants are influencing the Biotechnology industry as they research and develop treatments and vaccines” and Liam’s and Josh’s presentations were entitled “Biotechnology Innovation targeting COVID-19”.

All three award recipients will complete their placement in Regeneron from April 2022, with Aoife working in the Quality Assurance Department, and Liam and Josh working in the Process Sciences Department.

Many thanks to Kate Donegan and the staff at Regeneron for organising these awards and for supporting students from the UCC MSc Biotechnology programme.

2020 Regeneron Awards

Sc Biotechnology students, Sarah Hannon, Alice Kenrick and Ian O’Shea were presented with 'Regeneron Ireland College Awards' on 19th November 2020.

Aiveen Campbell compered the awards ceremony and Professor Tommie McCarthy, Director of the MSc in Biotechnology delivered the opening address which included recognising the achievements of the awards recipients and thanking Regeneron for their ongoing support of the Biotechnology programme and providing the graduates with such wonderful career opportunities.

The Process Sciences Awards were presented to Alice Kenrick and Ian O’Shea by John Crowley Executive Director Process Sciences and the Quality Assurance Award was presented to Sarah Hannon by Sandra Liddy, Senior Manager, Quality Assurance.

 Alice, Ian and Sarah who are all BSc Biochemistry graduates received a bursary and a placement at Regeneron. It is extremely rewarding to see high-calibre Biochemistry graduates being recognised for their achievements and we wish them every success in their future careers.

2019 Regeneron Awards

MSc Biotechnology students Kevin Russell, Róisín O’Connor and Kevin Lall.y were the “Regeneron Ireland College Award” winners from UCC.

The 2019 Regeneron Ireland College Awards, in collaboration with UCC, were announced this week at an event in Regeneron’s Industrial Operations and Production Supply (IOPs) facility in Limerick.

The awards acknowledge outstanding research projects which are presented by selected students pursuing degrees in science and engineering. The winning students are awarded a generous bursary to support their studies, a paid placement at Regeneron and a Regeneron employee mentor to help them take the first steps of their careers.

To participate in the award selected students submitted a presentation on a specific topic related to their academic course. The shortlisted candidates were invited to present their findings to a group of senior Regeneron managers who selected the winners.

Speaking at the award presentation event, Niall O’Leary, Vice President and Site Head, Regeneron, said, “Regeneron’s people make us who we are, and our passion for science is something that we want to encourage in third level students across in Ireland. Regeneron not only offers a compelling career, but also a unique culture where individuals are inspired to collaborate, think big, push boundaries and change the world. We congratulate all our worthy winners – we look forward to watching you thrive in your careers in STEM, and we hope this award supports you on that journey.”

Professor Tommie McCarthy, University College Cork, added, “The Regeneron College Awards have allowed us to build further bridges between industry and academia and our talented student pool. The awards give students the opportunity to see what a world-class career in science and STEM could be, with one of the world’s most innovative companies. UCC is delighted to collaborate with Regeneron on these awards”.

2018 Regeneron Awards

Regeneron, in collaboration with University College Cork, has announced its new “Regeneron Ireland College Awards”.

Regeneron is providing selected students pursuing degrees in science, engineering and related disciplines a monetary sum to support their studies in addition to a paid co-op internship with an assigned employee mentor at Regeneron’s facility in Limerick.

MSc Biotechnology students Peter Townsend, Thomas Coneran and Eilishe Purcell were the first “Regeneron Ireland College Award” winners from UCC. The students attended an award ceremony with their families and college faculty members at Regeneron’s facility in Raheen Business Park, Limerick.

Students were invited to enter the Regeneron awards at the start of the college semester by preparing a presentation about specific topics related to their academic studies. The shortlisted candidates then presented and discussed their findings with a group of senior Regeneron managers who selected the eventual winners.

Niall O’Leary, Vice President and Site Head, Regeneron Raheen: “Here at Regeneron we recognise that good people are the key to our success. We know that our strong relationship with UCC will help us highlight the opportunities in our industry and we can work together to make graduates workplace ready. We are very much looking forward to seeing how our winners progress through their careers and we are very proud to be giving them such strong support at the start of their journeys.”

Tommie McCarthy, Professor in Biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC: “Our national CAO system shows that the top 15% of our secondary school students now pursue science related courses in college. As an educator for over 30 years, I have never been more impressed with Irish science students and we are committed to working with industry to provide them with talented graduates. UCC’s education collaboration and partnership with Regeneron provides our students the opportunity to pursue meaningful roles that fully utilises their talent and gives them the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.”

Staff from this School that attended the Awards ceremony were Dr Eoin Fleming, Dr Sinéad Kerins and Dr Justin McCarthy. Dr Dave Clarke, School of Microbiology, Dr Eric Moore School of Chemistry and Ms Yvonne Harding, Work Placement Manager for College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS), Careers Office were also in attendance. Yvonne Harding was instrumental in setting up the “Regeneron Ireland College Awards”.

School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

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