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 16 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 awarded funding from Enterprise Ireland Capital Programme

PMBRC Technology Gateway receives funding from Enterprise Ireland Capital Programme The PMBRC Technology Gateway has been awarded a share of the €6.4m Capital Equipment Fund administered by Enterprise Ireland through the Technology Gateways and Technology Centres Programmes. There were 32 successful applications from the Institutes of Technology (IoT) and Technological Universities. All three of WIT’s…

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2 weeks ago
Well done to @alhajj_nasser and colleagues on their new review of ciprofloxacin dry powder inhalers for #CysticFibrosis @IrishResearch @WIT_Research
2 months ago
Well done to the molecular biology team @PMBRC_WIT and colleagues @WaltonInst @VistaMilk on their new publication on bacterial molecular communications at SenSys21
2 months ago
Great opportunity to join the @PMBRC_WIT team and work on the commercialisation of treatments for #dryeyedisease. Deadline 15th December. @WIT_Research @EI_Innovation
@OTRG_PMBRC @EITechGateway
3 months ago
PMBRC receive funding for solvent-based dynamic vapour sorption, a sputter coater and cell culture facility in the latest round of @Entirl infrastructure funding @WIT_Research @waterfordit @EITechGateway
3 months ago
Great to have our new @Agilent Q-TOF mass spectrometer up and running in our lab. Looking forward to playing with our new toy! @EITechGateway @WIT_Research https://t.co/KEdSG5rGCI PMBRC_WIT photo