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/WIT picks up four nominations in the 2020 Pharma Industry Awards

PMBRC shortlisted in three categories, while the Department of Science at WIT picked up a further nomination in this year’s awards Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) featured prominently in the shortlist for the 2020 Pharma Industry Awards picking up a total of 4 nominations. The Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) was shortlisted for…

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4 weeks ago
Great to see construction @kineticlabs_Irl is progressing well. Check out their latest video here
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Great to hear @waterfordit named Institute of Technology of the year again! https://t.co/zBA1wSUQUu
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We have some very exciting news to share this morning…. For the third time, The Sunday Times Good University Guide has made the Institute of Technology of the Year award to WIT 🎉 #StudyatWIT
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1 month ago
Well done to Joe O'Mahony @PMBRC_WIT @EngTechWIT and colleagues @BangorUni on their new paper in @IEEEorg https://t.co/FtcIQbKlpn PMBRC_WIT photo
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See how @PMBRC_WIT @EITechGateway worked with Waterford-based @TriviumVet on the development of a new veterinary product