FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(TAMPA, FLORIDA, USA, 16 November 2011) – ISPE announced its 2011 award winners at the Society’s Annual Meeting held in Grapevine, Texas, USA 6-9 November. Recognizing the awardees’ contributions to ISPE and to the pharmaceutical industry as a whole, Robert P. Best, President and CEO, presented the honors on behalf of the ISPE Board of Directors.
“ISPE is fortunate to have among its dedicated Members, volunteers, and industry supporters this group of outstanding contributors. All of this year’s honorees have uniquely contributed to the organization. In doing that, they have positively impacted the pharmaceutical industry in some outstanding ways, and the world is a better place because of them.” says Best. “We are grateful for their work on behalf of ISPE.”
Here are the 2011 Award winners:
Michael A. Arnold, RPh, received the Max Seales Yonker Member of the Year Award, honoring the ISPE Member who made the most significant contribution to the Society during the past year. Arnold was awarded this honor for his work leading the ISPE Community of Practice (COP) Council through major planning and restructuring efforts, as well as for his involvement in re-designing ISPE’s education and conference portfolio for 2012.
Shinichi Osada and Jane Brown both received the Richard B. Purdy Distinguished Achievement Award, honoring ISPE Members who have made significant, long-term contributions to the Society.
Shinichi Osada received the Purdy award in recognition of the high impact of his active involvement with the Society both internationally and in Japan. Since 1994 Mr. Osada has served on ISPE’s International Board of Directors. He was catalytic in introducing the Society’s COP concept to Japan, helping to strengthen the local organization and creating a model for other Affiliates in forming local COPs. Mr. Osada also served on ISPE’s Professional Certification Committee during its formative years, and he provided leadership on the Facility of the Year Awards Committee as well.
Jane Brown received the Purdy award for her consistent, dedicated and passionate service to ISPE over a period of 18 years. Ms Brown has served in numerous leadership roles, culminating in chairing the Board for ISPE’s Carolina South Atlantic Chapter, and ultimately serving as Chair of ISPE’s International Board of Directors. Since joining ISPE in 1993, Ms Brown has been deeply involved in membership development, regulatory affairs, student and young professional development, the creation of new guidance documents, university relations, and the North American/South American Affiliate Council. She has personally mentored countless professionals, and she is currently leading ISPE’s volunteer development efforts.
The GAMP® Community of Practice was named the Committee of the Year to honor them for creating a series of GAMP Good Practice Guides. Most recently, this group successfully pioneered ISPE’s new conference structure for 2012 with their event, “Improve Productivity with Risk-Based Validation,” held in the US and Europe in September and November of 2011.
Pfizer was named Company of the Year. The organization was recognized for outstanding support as reflected by the large number of Pfizer employees who are Members and volunteers for ISPE. Pfizer-based ISPE Volunteers have engaged in significant active participation in the work of the Society through its many committees, councils, task teams, Communities of Practice, programs, and activities.
Kristin S. Murray and Stephen P. Reich received the Roger F. Sherwood Article of the Year Award for their article titled, “Quality Risk Management (QRM) Tool Selection: Getting to Right First Time,” published in the July/August 2011 issue of Pharmaceutical Engineering magazine.
The Japan Affiliate is ISPE’s Affiliate of the Year. The Affiliate was recognized for significant success in the areas of membership development and retention. Affiliate Volunteers also produced a Guidance Document for worldwide distribution that has been one of ISPE’s most downloaded documents ever. These accomplishments are especially noteworthy in light of unexpected challenges the Affiliate faced due to natural disasters that took place in the region this year.
North American/South American Affiliate Council Awards:
The Boston Area Chapter was awarded the North American/South American Affiliate Council Platinum Grand Award for Excellence and Innovation. This is the third year in a row that the Boston Area Chapter has received this honor. Runners-up for this prestigious award included:
The University of California San Diego Student Chapter is the 2011 Student Chapter of the Year Award Winner. They are sponsored by the San Diego Chapter.
The International Student Poster Competition Award in the Graduate Category went to Diane Darlington of North Carolina Central University, Carolina-South Atlantic Chapter, and the winner in the Undergraduate Category was Ryan Lojek of Villanova University, Delaware Valley Chapter.
ISPE, the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, is a Society of 22,000 pharmaceutical professionals in 90 countries who use expert knowledge to create high-quality, cost-effective GMP solutions. ISPE is “Connecting a World of Pharmaceutical Knowledge” by providing Members with opportunities to develop their technical knowledge, exchange practical experience within their community, enhance their professional skills, and collaborate with global regulatory agencies and industry leaders. Founded in 1980, ISPE offers online learning opportunities for a global audience and has its worldwide headquarters in Tampa, Florida, USA; its European office in Brussels, Belgium; an Asia Pacific office in Singapore; and its newest office in Shanghai, China. Visit www.ISPE.org for additional Society news and information.