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Ethical Innovation Award

Judges in our first-ever Ethical Innovation Awards are looking for the best and brightest – and most socially responsible – in pharmaceutical innovation.

Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) identifies the top 10 threats to global health. In 2019, this included environmental and social issues such as climate change and vaccine hesitancy, as well as anti-microbial resistance, dengue, Ebola and other high-threat pathogens, HIV and noncommunicable diseases (e.g. diabetes, cancer, heart disease). While some of these are clearly receiving a huge amount of attention in terms of pharma industry R&D, there is a worrying lack of investment in other areas, the most obvious of those being anti-microbial resistance, which is seeing more than one pharma giant cease R&D in this area due to it being a ‘difficult’ field with limited financial return.

At the same time, our world is struggling with unprecedented environmental challenges. Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that to keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C this century, emissions of carbon dioxide would have to be cut by 45% by 2030. This led to the catchphrase that we had “12 years to save the planet,” and there is no doubt that many organizations – both public and private – are rising to the challenge.

In fact, a lot of companies in the pharmaceutical industry are showing remarkable social responsibility, all the way from their drug manufacturing, through development and to delivery. For example, many companies are introducing innovative green chemistry to improve the sustainability of pharma manufacturing, while others are developing novel solutions to address pharmaceutical pollutants, and many companies are working to address the call for more R&D in disease areas of high medical need.

We believe that pharmaceutical research and practices that demonstrate a responsibility to society’s most threatening issues deserve to be recognised, celebrated and shared. That’s why Chemicals Knowledge is partnering with CPhI North America for the launch of the Ethical Innovation Awards – to bring together the best of the best in the pharmaceutical industry.

The Ethical Innovation Awards will be taking place during CPhI North America, 5–7 May 2020, in Philadelphia, PA (USA).

The Ethical Innovation Awards will be taking place during CPhI North America, 5–7 May 2020, in Philadelphia, PA (USA). Nominations for Awards will follow the three tracks of this year’s CPhI North America conference: drug manufacturing, drug development and delivery, and biopharma:

  • Ethical innovation in drug development and delivery
  • Ethical innovation in drug manufacturing
  • Ethical innovation in biopharma.

The deadline for entering is Friday 29 March 2020. Entries will be judged by a world-class panel of CPhI judges, who will consider both the social responsibility and innovativeness of the projects submitted for consideration. All projects must meet the criteria for eligibility* to be considered by the judges; projects not meeting these criteria will be automatically rejected. Shortlisted projects will be invited to the Awards ceremony to make a short presentation.

To enter, please complete the form below and press ‘submit’.

Name*
Company*
Phone number
Email*
Name of project to be considered for the Ethical Innovation Awards*
For which award are you applying?
How is this project "innovative"?*
How is this project "ethical"?*
Please describe your project in up to 500 words:*
If you are shortlisted for the Award, will you (or one of your colleagues) be able to attend the Awards ceremony to make a short presentation about your project?

*Eligibility criteria: all projects considered for these Awards must be ‘innovative’ in the sense that they feature new, advanced and original methods or approaches to addressing an unmet medical need, and they must be ‘ethical’ in the sense that they demonstrate social responsibility in some way. The Awards are open to companies working in the pharmaceutical industry.