UTech, Jamaica’s School of Pharmacy secures major international grant

UTech, Jamaica’s School of Pharmacy secures major international grant

Saturday, February 13, 2016

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The School of Pharmacy, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica) has been selected as one of 16 finalists worldwide to participate in the United States-based Seeding Labs instrumental access programme. Seeding Labs is a philanthropic organisation that assists scientists in the developing world to reach their research goals.

Dr Ellen Campbell Grizzle, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, UTech, Jamaica, in making the announcement recently, revealed that under the grant, the School of Pharmacy’s new laboratories will be outfitted with equipment valued at U$500,000 the dean noted with pride that,

"Once again, we have demonstrated the capacity of our School of Pharmacy to compete at the highest level globally and attract new resources to our university and country," the dean said.

In announcing the new partnership, Seeding Labs stated, "The judging committee was impressed with the calibre of your application and level of excellence of your organisation. We look forward to working with you as we build the shipment for your institution and provide you and your students with the tools necessary to conduct life-changing research and train the next generation of scientists."

The donation includes high-end and routine laboratory equipment needed to train pharmaceutical technologists to work in real world industries. Students enrolled in the university’s new undergraduate pharmaceutical technology degree programme, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, will be the primary beneficiaries. At the end of their four years of training, graduates will be qualified to contribute to Jamaica’s emerging pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmoceutical industries. They will also be bilingual and prepared to work in Canada, the European Union, the United States of America and Latin America, and within the new logistics hub.

"We have great hope that our graduates will set up their own enterprises as a consequence of individual innovation and drive," said Dean Grizzle.

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