Date of release: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pharma researcher wins GSK Poster Award 2016A researcher at the University of Greenwich has scooped the GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Poster Award at the prestigious International PharmSci 2016 conference.

The judges were impressed by Debbie Hooper's innovative research, which aims to improve quality and cut costs in the production of medicinal tablets.

Debbie, a PhD student with the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science in Medway, is focusing on how the shapes of particles in medicinal compounds affect the manufacturing process.

"The shape of particles in pharmaceutical materials, and predicting how they will respond during processing, is not an area that has been previously explored in any great depth," says Debbie.

"If we can understand the interactions of materials in compounds as a result of particle shapes, we will be able to improve quality and reduce waste in the production of tablets."

Debbie's research is sponsored by Pfizer, the international bio pharmaceutical company. She is based at its research and development site in Sandwich, Kent.

The PharmSci 2016 conference, organised by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS), was held at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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Picture: Debbie Hooper