Almirall partners with the Chemical Institute of Sarrià (IQS) to bring the training of pharmacy students closer to the real industry

Almirall partners with the Chemical Institute of Sarrià (IQS) to bring the training of pharmacy students closer to the real industry

Barcelona (Spain), October 13, 2022.- Almirall S.A. (BME: ALM), a global biopharmaceutical company focused on skin health, and Sarria Chemical Institute (IQS), educational institution, founding member of the Ramon Llull University (URL) of Barcelona, ​​has announced a collaboration agreement that will allow students of the third year of the Baccalaureate in Pharmacy URL (IQS – Blanquerna) to perform for the first time an internship in industrial facilities that meet real industry requirements. The internships will begin in the second term of the 22-23 academic year.

We are delighted to be pioneers in collaborating with institutions such as IQS, a reference in science education, and to offer students the possibility of discovering the actual manufacturing process of a drug, which involves a set of procedures and regulations that are hard to find in academia“, said Dr. Karl Ziegelbauer, scientific director of Almirallwho added:This agreement stems from our desire to open our doors to innovation and share our knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry.“.

For his part, Dr. Salvador Borrós, Director General of IQS, said: “The practical dimension has always been one of the characteristics of the teaching methodology of IQS and this agreement reinforces the commitment of the institution towards a training in which innovation and the close relationship between IQS and companies are very present”.

The collaboration establishes the use by students of the Pharmacy URL (IQS-Blanquerna) of Almirall’s facilities and technologies in its manufacturing area in St. Feliu de Llobregat (Barcelona). The students, who will do the internship as a complement to the subject of pharmaceutical technology, will learn aspects such as the impact on the pharmaceutical form, the different production equipment, the production process and the batch size, among others. Additionally, they will also receive training on manufacturing regulations in production environments, which is essential to gain access to Almirall facilities and comply with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification.

The Almirall center in Sant Feliu de Llobregat (Barcelona), inaugurated in 2006, is the company’s reference R&D center and currently has 7,400 square meters of fully equipped laboratories and a production area. This agreement is the first example of Almirall’s desire to offer its facilities to other scientific, biotechnological and academic institutions and to foster a cutting-edge innovation ecosystem.

About URL Diploma in Pharmacy (IQS-Blanquerna)

URL’s Baccalaureate in Pharmacy, taught jointly by IQS and Blanquerna, provides a solid foundation of knowledge in Pharmacy, Hospital Pharmacy and the Pharmaceutical Industry. It offers four possible curricular mentions, unique in Catalonia, Spain, and its students dedicate more than 1200 hours of laboratory and simulation practice. The URL Pharmacy Degree (IQS-Blanquerna) combines a methodology based on direct contact with the professional world, scientific rigor and a commitment to offer ethical and comprehensive training.

About IQS

IQS, a founding member of the Universitat Ramon Llull, is currently composed of two university faculties: IQS School of Engineering and IQS School of Management; IQS Executive Education, which offers specialized training for professionals and businesses; the IQS Tech Transfer division, through which it carries out research, innovation and technology transfer activities for industries and companies; and IQS Tech Factory, which promotes entrepreneurial culture and supports the creation of new science-based technology companies. All this with the support of a large group of companies through the IQS Corporate Foundation. The mission of IQS is the integral training of people with attitudes, knowledge and skills that allow them to grow personally and professionally. Due to its scientific tradition, IQS offers bachelor’s, double degree, master’s and doctoral studies in the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering, industrial engineering, biotechnology, bioengineering, biomedical sciences and pharmacy through the IQS School of Engineering and in business administration and management and in the fields of marketing, accounting, finance and tourism through the IQS School of Management.

About Admiral

Almirall is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on skin health. We collaborate with scientists and healthcare professionals to meet the needs of patients through science to improve their lives. Our lofty purpose is at the heart of our work: “To transform the world of patients by helping them realize their hopes and dreams for a healthy life.” » We invest in differentiated and revolutionary medical dermatology products to bring our innovative solutions to the patients who need them.

The company, founded in 1943 and based in Barcelona, ​​is listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange (ticker: ALM). Throughout its 79-year history, Almirall has always focused on patient needs. Currently, Almirall has a direct presence in 21 countries and strategic agreements in more than 70, with approximately 1,800 employees. The total turnover in 2021 was 836.5 million euros.