Important Notice: COVID-19




Update on PMBRC Operations, until 10th August 2020:

  • Laboratory activities have been re-established at the Centre, with urgent industry work and COVID-related projects currently prioritised. Please contact Niall O’Reilly on for further information or to schedule experimental work.
  • Some PMBRC staff may be working from home over the restricted period. Staff will be available to answer e-mails, write reports and will be working on non-laboratory aspects of projects. However, responses to e-mails may be delayed in some cases.
  • Deliveries to the PMBRC can be made with advance notice. Please let your PMBRC contact know when the delivery is scheduled and provide a tracking number where possible.
  • Scheduled meetings should be conducted remotely where possible.

At the moment restrictions are in place until the 10th August. However, this period may be extended further depending on Government advice. We thank you for your patience during this time and look forward to returning to normal operations as soon as possible.



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 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 Q1 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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5 days ago
Congrats to Larry Fitzhenry & @PMBRC_WIT spin out OcuDel Ltd. on winning Most Innovative Idea award @NewFrontiersSE @WIT_Research @OTRG_PMBRC
1 week ago
Check out this video from @PMBRC_WIT spin out, OcuDel Ltd. describing it's innovative solution to #DryEye disease in dogs. @OTRG_PMBRC @WIT_Research
1 month ago
Very interesting discussion for anyone involved in eye health and drug delivery
Waterford IT @waterfordit
Podcast alert: Fresh from our researchers at @ORBITAL_ITN @OTRG_PMBRC is An Interview with David Kent, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon & Retinal Specialist @PMBRC_WIT @WIT_Research
1 month ago
Just taken delivery of our new @bruker X-ray diffraction instrument funded by @Entirl. Looking forward to getting it up and running soon! @EITechGateway @WIT_Research @SSPCentre PMBRC_WIT photo
2 months ago
To find out more about the COVID-19 project, check out the @kclr96fm interview with Dr Lee Coffey @scienceirel @WIT_Research @witBiology @PharmaSciWIT @DeptOfSciWIT