Welcome to the PMBRC


The PMBRC is an applied research centre that commenced operations in 2009, consolidating research in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological sciences at Waterford Institute of Technology into one institutionally prioritised centre. Situated on the main WIT campus in Waterford City, the centre seeks to support R&D activities within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, thereby stimulating research and innovation and allowing companies to embed R&D directly into their activities.

The PMBRC is part of the Technology Gateway Network funded by Enterprise Ireland. The Technology Gateway publications page provides full up-to-date details of the Network: https://www.technologygateway.ie/publications/

The centre, one of 15 Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways, consists of an 800m2 state-of-the-art research facility with over 30 research personnel. A truly multidisciplinary team, researchers at the PMBRC include chemists, biologists, biomedical scientists, physicists and engineers, and the centre has established links with national and international partners in industry, academia and medical care institutions.


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Research Areas

Research in the PMBRC focuses on important areas of pharmaceutical and biotechnology development and can be summarised under the following themes:

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Industry Collaboration

Collaboration with regional and national industry partners is at the core of PMBRC’s activities. The centre is involved in collaborative projects with industry ranging from large-scale research projects to short term feasibility studies and contract analysis.

The PMBRC has a proven track record in attracting funding from national and international sources.

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Equipment & Facilities

The following is a list of the main items of equipment within PMBRC:

  • Materials Characterisation
  • Chromatography & Mass Spectrometry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Microscopy
  • Formulation / Pre-formulation
  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Biomedical
  • General
  • Lithography
  • New in Q4 2020
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Latest News

PMBRC Vacancy – Contract Research & Analysis Scientist (Ref 026524)

Reference Number – 026524 Job Overview: The Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) was established in 2008, consolidating existing research in WIT in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and biomedical sciences into one research centre. The PMBRC is one of 16 centres of excellence funded by the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Programme. The PMBRC has established…

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5 days ago
Exciting opportunity to join the PMBRC team and work on research projects with our industry partners. Closing date 16:00 on 22 October. @EITechGateway @witResearch

1 week ago
Congratulations to PMBRC researchers Sarah Foley and Nasser Alhajj on securing @IrishResearch Government of Ireland scholarships @WIT_Research
3 weeks ago
Delighted to be shortlisted in the Research Centre of the Year and R&D categories at the 2021 @PharmaAwardsIRL. Well done to @PharmaSciWIT on their nomination in the Education category @witResearch @waterfordit
4 weeks ago
Well done to @KavnenTseke and colleagues on their new paper in @EurJOC https://t.co/aRVoMfsfhw
A Continuous-Flow Route to Enantioenriched 3-Substituted-3-Hydroxyoxindoles: Organocatalytic Aldol Reactions of Isatin with Acetone by @mikekinsella3, @KavnenTseke, and co-workers ( @PMBRC_WIT) https://t.co/yz1RthAI2y https://t.co/4HlQKxZp2L
1 month ago
PMBRC Manager Niall O'Reilly dropped in @wlrfm to talk to @damienwlr on DéiseToday. Listen back to the recording at the link below (starts 11:41) @WIT_Research @waterfordit
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