The PMBRC is an applied research centre that commenced operations in 2009, consolidating research in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological sciences at South East Technological University (SETU) into one institutionally prioritised centre. Situated on the SETU 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 17 Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways, consists of an 800m2 state-of-the-art research facility with over 30 research personnel. In the past decade, the PMBRC has attracted over €15 million in research/industrial funding. 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.

Please browse through our site or see our video to get an overview of our research, equipment and activities. A summary of our activities can be found on our brochure.


Academic Staff

Current Postgraduate Researchers

Name Project Title

Caio Soares

Development of Recombinant Enzymes towards the production of Pharmaceutical Intermediates using Biotransformations.

Tatenda Mareya

Biotransformations Employing Nitrile Hydrolysing Enzymes towards the Enantioselective Synthesis of β-Amino Acids.

Mariana Gavendova

Synthesis & Evaluation of Novel Asymmetric Organocatalysts for the Preparation of Pharmaceutical & Natural Product Derivatives as a Single Enantiomer.

Kavnen Tseke

Enantioselective Synthesis of Biologically Relevant Molecules using Catalysis in Continuous Flow.

Thomas Byrne

Circulating Angiogenic Cells and Vascular Repair Potential in Age-Related Frailty.

Dan Chau Thuy Nguyen

Development and Characterisation of Novel Nanoparticle-Loaded Contact Lenses for the Treatment of Posterior Segment Diseases of the Eye.

Ashutosh Sharma

Novel Process Strategies for the Stabilisation of Biopharmaceuticals for Parenteral Use.

Amruta Deshpande

Investigation of Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Irish Wild Plants in-vitro.

Madhuri Dandamudi

Novel Nanomaterials for Ocular Drug Delivery.

Hazal Yilmaz

Characterisation and Improvement of Microbial Enzymes using Directed Evolution Towards Bio-pharmaceutical Applications.

Krishna Hari

Screening of Commercial and Novel Lipase Enzymes towards the Synthesis of Bioactive Carbohydrate Fatty Acid Derivatives and for application in Enantioselective Synthesis.