Interesting report by ABPI about the skills shortage that is facing the UK life sciences industry. The report states that there is a need for individuals with a knowledge of clinical pharmacology, bioinformatics, statistics, data mining, health economics and outcomes. All areas that pharmacists would be ideally suited to with further qualifications. Would expect similar skills shortages is facing the Irish life sciences industry.
Congrats to PIER member Dr Mike Morris (Director of Scientific Affairs, HPRA) on his Professional Excellence Award at the Helix Health Pharmacist Awards on 21st November 2015. His contribution to the Irish regulatory environment is immense. And he has contributed hugely to the IMB/HPRA reputation at the EMA, Ph Eur & ICH table.
For those members who weren't able to attend the PIER CPD meeting and AGM last Saturday, here is the presentation given by Professor Anne Marie Healy (School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, TCD) on the integrated MPharm programme which has just commenced APPEL MPharm presentation PIER Nov 2015.
Also a leaflet explaining the placement opportunities in the industry sector Integrated MPharm programme leaflet_April 2015.
Welcome to Vanessa Lyons (HPRA), Olivia Murphy (Quintiles), Dr Katie Ryan (UCC School of Pharmacy) and Ita Walsh (Compliance Group) who are joining the PIER Committee. Thanks to David Carroll, Dr Brendan Griffin, Jenny Loughney & Dr Catherine McHugh who have stepped down for their contribution to PIER over the past number of years. Cathal Gallagher has now assumed the Treasurer role.