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

Minister Halligan visits PMBRC/EIRC laboratories at heart of COVID-19 testing research

Minister Halligan: ‘I want to congratulate Dr Lee Coffey on leading the project here in WIT along with colleagues in UHW and BIOENZ – This project has a broad range of molecular expertise that will help optimise and improve turnaround rates for COVID-19 testing.’ Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research & Development, John Halligan today…

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7 days ago
Also we'll done to our colleagues @PharmaSciWIT shortlisted in the Pharma Education category for their excellent https://t.co/UcIHDfR2AJ. in Analytical Science course @PharmaAwardsIRL @waterfordit
7 days ago
Delighted to be shortlisted in the Research Centre, R&D and Pharma Project of the year categories @PharmaAwardsIRL 2020 @witResearch @PharmaSciWIT @EITechGateway
3 weeks ago
Well done to our postgrad Ashutosh Sharma on securing @IrishResearch funding for this collaborative project with @SanofiGenzyme @EITechGateway https://t.co/nU8gtRBPbh
1 month ago
Congratulations to Shahab Ud Din and colleagues @PMBRC_WIT
@Merck #Ballydine on their new publication in @CGD_ACS https://t.co/j18iVsjOJU https://t.co/ALKDpIEtpV
1 month ago
Great news to hear that construction @kineticlabs_Irl starts next week. This will be a big boost for science-based startups in the South East. We'll done to John and the team. @Entirl @WIT_Research @NewFrontiersSE @southeastbic https://t.co/9s5lAYUKFz
Kinetic Labs @kineticlabs_Irl
We're very pleased to announce that the Kinetic Labs construction contract with WELTEC was signed today followed by kick off meeting with design (FHP, CSD) and construction team. Breaking ground 17th August! #laboratory #rental https://t.co/Ih50WSco5r
2 months ago
Congrats to Larry Fitzhenry & @PMBRC_WIT spin out OcuDel Ltd. on winning Most Innovative Idea award @NewFrontiersSE @WIT_Research @OTRG_PMBRC https://t.co/I838ecQDn2