Allergan and GMIT’s new postgraduate award for life sciences

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Allergan and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) have announced a new award. The Allergan Innovation Award will support postgraduate research in the life sciences. The award also mark Allergan’s 40th anniversary in Ireland.

Inspiring students to study life sciences

Paul Coffey, vice president and plant general manager at Allergan’s Westport plant announced the award.

“We are pleased to build on our longstanding relationship with communities here in Ireland and, in particular Westport, providing educational support to universities and colleges around the country.

“We hope that this Innovation Award will inspire more students who wish to establish themselves within the field of life sciences,” he said.

Focus of the award

The Allergan Innovation Award at GMIT will focus on a number of areas. These include:

  • Design for eyecare medical devices
  • Pharmaceutical interactions for dementia as well as Alzheimer sufferers
  • The absorption of orally administered drugs

Dr Rick Officer, GMIT Vice President for Research & Innovation also congratulated Allergan on 40 years of phenomenal growth in Ireland.

“GMIT’s collaboration with Allergan will enable research that addresses social and industrial needs, whilst providing great opportunities for emerging Life Scientists. These outcomes are central to GMIT’s ambition to develop career-ready graduates equipped to deliver research excellence and impact,” he said.

The Allergan Innovation Award at GMIT provides a student stipend for two years, a travel and consumables budget as well as a waiver of postgraduate registration fees. In addition, there is also valuable experience in teaching support, tutorial, and/or demonstrating duties.


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