News Archive 2018

The AbbVie Student Prize Awarded to Gerard Collins

12 Apr 2018
Photo (L-R) | Dr Humphrey Moynihan (Acting Head of Organic Chemistry), Gerard Collins, Dr Mary Ellen Crowley (AbbVie), Prof John Wenger (Deputy Head of the School of Chemistry).

The third award of the AbbVie Student Prize for Excellence in Third Year Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry was made on Wednesday April 11, 2018.

The prize was won by Gerard Collins, who is in the third year of the B.Sc. Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds degree. The prize, including a medal and voucher, was presented to Gerard by Dr. Mary Ellen Crowley of AbbVie at a ceremony attended by third year B.Sc. Chemistry, B.Sc. Chemistry with Forensic Science and B.Sc. Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds students. Also present were Professor John Wenger, Deputy Head of the School Chemistry and Dr. Humphrey Moynihan, Acting Head of Organic Chemistry.

AbbVie is a global biopharmaceutical company, founded in 2013, focused on addressing some of the world's greatest health challenges by bringing leading-edge therapies to the market. AbbVie has a diverse product portfolio including several market-leading medicines. The company has twelve manufacturing sites and six research and development sites globally, including the AbbVie Cork site at Anngrove, Carrigtwohill, which is a 11,800 m2 facility operated by approximately 150 employees manufacturing anti-viral, cholesterol-lowering and other medicines. AbbVie has formed strategic links with several Irish third level institutions, particularly through its participation in the SFI Synthesis and Solid-state Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC).

Through its SSPC and other links, AbbVie supports a range of awards, internships and outreach activities in critical STEM disciplines. Recognising Chemistry as one of the vital sciences underpinning the manufacturing and formulation of pharmaceuticals and medicines, AbbVie and the School of Chemistry UCC established the AbbVie Student Prize for Excellence in Third Year Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry to support students at a critical stage of their undergraduate careers. The prize further enhances AbbVie's links with UCC in pharmaceutical sciences and complements UCC's commitment to the SSPC, in which both many UCC School of Chemistry staff are participants.

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