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Recipharm AB International Environmental Award 2012 Won by Dr. Damia Barcelo

1/23/2013 6:14:56 AM

23rd of January 2013 -- Recipharm AB announces that the Recipharm International Environmental Award 2012 has been awarded to Dr. Damià Barceló, Director of the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) and research professor at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Studies (IDAEA).

The award is presented annually for the best environmental performance or environmental best practice and innovation by the pharmaceutical industry or the academic community . Since Recipharm was founded in 1995, its commitment to environmental best practice has been a pivotal corporate mission.

The award justification:

Dr. Damià Barceló’s longstanding and highly recognised work has played a vital contribution in achieving a shift in the scientific community’s focus towards tackling emerging pollutants as these chemicals are harmful to mankind due to their persistence and continuous introduction. Amongst Barceló’s main contributions are method development for pollutants, endocrine disruptors and pharmaceutical compounds.

Commenting on winning the award, Dr. Damià Barceló remarked: “I feel very honoured to receive such an accolade from within the pharmaceutical industry in recognition of research efforts devoted to first understanding and then minimising the impact of pharmaceutical residues on the environment”.

Lars Backsell, Chairman of Recipharm, says that: “Dr Barceló’s important work in finding solutions for environmental problems in water and soil by new and innovative ways of method development and monitoring, gives an excellent and solid base for hands-on guidance for all interested parties – manufacturing industry, water treatment companies and authorities.”

About the Recipharm International Environmental Award

The purpose of the award is to encourage and inspire best practise and innovation, to promote good examples and to encourage environmental dialog within the pharmaceutical industry.

Previous awardees:

2011 Professor Benoit Roig, École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique, France

2010 Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambrigde, UK

2009 Professor Klaus Kümmerer, Freiburg University, Germany

2008 Apoteket AB, Sweden

About Recipharm

Recipharm AB is a leading contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO) based in Sweden employing some 1,700 employees. The Company operates development and manufacturing facilities in Sweden, France, the UK, Germany and Spain and is headquartered near Stockholm. Recipharm supplies the global pharmaceuticals market with hundreds of different products in multiple dosage forms that include solid dose, granulates and powders, sterile liquids and lyophilisates, semi solids, beta-lactams, hormones, oral liquids, sprays and dry powder inhalers.

About Damià Barceló

Dr. Damià Barceló has been Director of the Catalan Institute for Water research (ICRA) since May 2008. He is Research Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Studies (IDAEA) run by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), and was Visiting Professor at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia during 2010 - 2011. He was awarded with the Spanish Prize King Jaime I on the Protection of Nature in 2007. In October 2012 he won the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water of Saudi Arabia (in the category of Water Management & Protection) for water science research aimed at understanding the effect of pharmaceuticals in both the water environment and the management of emerging contaminants. Since January 2012, he has been co-editor-in-chief of Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN), (Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands).

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