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Regulatory affairs award winners

TOPRA pays tribute to regulatory affairs achievers at annual conference

Last night, The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA) announced the winners of the first Regulatory Affairs Awards during its annual conference in London, UK.

The winners were judged in the five categories of Innovation, Inspiration, Support, Horizon and Achievement and were presented with their award by Sir Alasdair Breckenridge, chairman of the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

The Innovation category was won by the company Samarind RMS, which built on the success of its corporate Windows regulatory software to create Samarind RMS On Demand, a tracking database and electronic document management system designed to be affordable to SMEs.

The Inspiration category was won by Jonathan Trethowan for his 'first-rate' training programme for life sciences graduates at his consultancy firm TRAC Services Ltd. In addition, his firm works with Unlocking Cornish Potential, an initiative supporting local employment in Cornwall, where it is based.

The Regulatory Resources Group won the Support category for its extensive range of consultancy services, assisting healthcare companies throughout the regulatory process. It was nominated for always delivering projects on time and within budget and for continuity, commitment, collaboration and very high level of service.

The Horizon award, recognising an up-and-coming star in regulatory affairs, was won by Sakshi Chabra of Pfizer, who moved into the field after completing a degree in biotechnology. She was praised by colleagues as a 'great asset to the department' as well as for being 'an inspiration and great ambassador for the profession'.

At the other end of the career scale, the Achievement award set out to recognise committed and industrious professionals. The first recipient was John Purves, head of sector - quality of medicines at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) - who the judges felt had gone that extra mile and demonstrated a significant and lasting contribution to regulatory affairs throughout his 40-year career.

"The 2010 awards pay tribute to regulatory professionals who make significant contributions to the delivery of safe and effective medical therapies to the marketplace. The winners, chosen by a panel of highly revered judges, reflect the success, talent and achievement of professionals in regulatory affairs worldwide. They are a testament to the expertise that exists in the industry today and I am proud to have been a part of it," said ceremony host, professor Trevor Jones CBE.

6th October 2010

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