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 named ‘Research Centre of the Year’ at Pharma Industry Awards 2020

The PMBRC was named as Pharma Research Centre of the Year at the Pharmaceutical Industry Awards 2020, held on Thursday 4th December. It is the first time that the PMBRC has won this prestigious and hotly contested Research Centre award. Since launching in 2014, the Pharma Industry Awards has established itself as the benchmark for…

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3 weeks 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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2 months ago
Delighted to receive funding from the @EITechGateway @EI_TechCentres infrastructure programme for a near-Infrared spectrometer for rapid chemical analysis. Looking forward to working with our industry partners on new projects with this kit @WIT_Research
3 months ago
Congratulations to Sangeeta Kumari & colleagues @OTRG_PMBRC on their new paper in @MDPIpharma
Using nanoparticles for the Treatment of #DryEyeDisease #EICommercialisationFund @Entirl
@WIT_Research https://t.co/3ZxHD5LNcW
3 months ago
Great to see the @EITechGateway programme pass the 5000 project mark and going strong. We'll done to @WirelessIoT on this project with Tekrasport Ltd. https://t.co/P1aqi3F9fx
Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways @EITechGateway
Ministers @RobertTroyTD and @Damien_English announce the landmark 5,000th project for the @Entirl Technology Gateway Network. Read more on our 5000th project, the innovative Tekralite here: https://t.co/zPZcJTSEcd #Innovation #Sligo @WirelessIoT https://t.co/4EHIpZZNA9
6 months ago
Well done to @alhajj_nasser and colleagues on their recent publication in Powder Technology @WIT_Research @SSPCentre https://t.co/jVLNEGE3rZ
6 months ago
Congratulations to our colleagues @WaltonInst @witresearch on their launch today. Wishing you every success in the future! https://t.co/EDG4xIwshn