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UCC and GSK Corporate Launch

21 Jul 2015
Prof John R. Higgins, Head of College of Medicine and Health, UCC, Prof Stephen Byrne, Head of School of Pharmacy, UCC, and Martijn Akveld, Director of Medical Affairs at GSK. (Photo: Daragh McSweeney/Provision)

GSK, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, has announced a new corporate partnership with University College Cork (UCC).

The partnership will see GSK and UCC opening up a number of communication channels through which both will seek to share areas of mutual interest with the aim of identifying potential joint projects.  These will include GSK sharing their expertise with and learning from members of the College’s key research teams including the Demonstrator Health Innovation Hub, and members of the College of Medicine and Health Advisory board.

UCC aims to develop the next generation of leaders in healthcare by inculcating an ambition in its students’ to conceive, develop and deploy innovative solutions to improve health outcomes. Similarly GSK has pioneered an open innovation model within the Pharma industry and has an extensive external network with which it engages and collaborates.  

Martijn Akveld, Director of Medical Affairs at GSK, said: “We’re delighted to announce our new partnership with UCC’s College of Medicine and Health. Innovation and collaboration with external partners are key to our continued success: We recognise that we don’t have all the answers and that the more different stakeholders come together, the more we can learn from each other. GSK is looking forward to sharing our expertise with the UCC, the College of Medicine and Health and the Demonstrator Health Innovation Hub. We are excited to grasp potential innovations that we can spark together to support and ultimately improve Irish healthcare.”

Professor John R. Higgins, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Head of the College of Medicine & Health, said: The partnership will see GSK and UCC construct new communication channels allowing both to pursue and share areas of mutual interest, in addition to identifying forthcoming potential joint projects. These projects will include GSK sharing their expertise with members of the College’s key research teams including the Demonstrator Health Innovation Hub and the College of Medicine and Health Advisory board.”

GSK, employs 1,500 people across four locations in Ireland – Dungarvan, Cork, Sligo and Dublin. The company is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

Since 1849 University College Cork holds a long and proud history of Medical Education. The College of Medicine and Health is one of four Colleges in the University and provides future medical and health professionals with a world-class, student-centred education, based on knowledge, informed by research and with an awareness of societal needs. UCC is the primary academic partner to nine hospitals in the South/South West region of Ireland.

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