Almac receives Industrial Award from Irish Institute of Chemistry

Almac Group, the global contract development and manufacturing organisation announced Professor Tom Moody, VP Technology Development & Commercialisation at Almac & Arran Chemical Company, has received the prestigious Institute of Chemistry of Ireland, Industrial Chemistry Award 2017.

Judges awarded Moody and his team the award, based on the excellence demonstrated within Almac Sciences’ enzyme technology development research programme.

This is achieved through the unique collaboration between the biocatalysis team within Almac, headquartered in Northern Ireland and Arran Chemical Company, Athlone, a member of the Almac Group since 2015.

The award was established to recognise the achievement of an individual chemist, or team of chemists, for making a significant contribution to the chemical or pharmaceutical industry in Ireland and the recipient is invited to present the annual Eva Philbin Lecture — a series of keynote lectures in education institutions across Ireland.

Eva Philbin was the first female president of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland. She began her career as a chemist in industry in 1939 and was Chief Chemist at two commercial companies before joining the chemistry department at University College Dublin in 1945.

Professor Moody presented his Eva Philbin lecture on the subject of “Enzyme ‘feeds’ rapid development and commercialisation” during the award ceremony held at the Albert Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland on 4 December.

Moody leads a team of biocatalysis experts and is a distinguished chemist with an international reputation. He graduated from The Queen’s University Belfast with a first class BSc(Hons) in chemistry before returning to gain a PhD in Physical Organic chemistry.

He has also completed a Masters Degree in Business graduating with distinction specialising in business strategy. His work has earned him numerous accolades and is co-author and author of more than 60 publications and patents. He is also an honorary Professor at Queen’s University of Belfast in the area of biocatalysis.

Upon receiving the award Professor Moody, said: “On behalf of the team at Almac Sciences and Arran Chemical Company, I am thrilled to receive this prestigious award.”

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