Recipharm International Award 2011

Recipharm today presents its Annual International Environmental Award to Professor Benoit Roig of Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (EHESP) in France. The award ceremony will be held at EHESP in RENNES, December 13th.

Recipharm’s International Environmental Award is presented annually for the best environmental performance or environmental innovation within the pharmaceutical industry or the academic world. Since Recipharm was founded in 1995, our environmental work has played a central part in the way we do business.

The award justification:
Professor Benoît Roig has through his highly recognised research brought new and valuable knowledge which  encourages the sustainable use of pharmaceuticals. This has been demonstrated through his dedication and persistence in finding new techniques for environmental and health applications in the field of coupling recognition systems and detection devices. Together with his team, specific methodologies have been developed which monitor pharmaceutical pollutants in water, helping to identify and lower the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment”.

Professor Roig commented “I am honoured and very proud to receive this award. It recognises the work of the lab and encourages us to continue our work in this field”.
Lars Backsell, Chairman of Recipharm, said “Professor Roig’s work is an excellent example of how academic research is having a positive impact by highlighting the responsible use of pharmaceuticals in our environment”.

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 are:
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 based in Sweden with approximately 1800 employees. The company operates 10 development and manufacturing facilities in Sweden, France, the UK, Spain and Germany and is headquartered near Stockholm. We supply the global pharmaceuticals market with hundreds of different products in most dosage forms, including solid dose, granulates, powders, sterile liquids and lyophilisates, semisolids, beta-lactams, hormones, and inhalers.

About Professor Benoit Roig 
Professor Roig is currently, Professeur, Responsable de l’Unité Biodiagnostic, Laboratoire d’Étude et de Recherche en Environement et Santé (LERES) at Ecole des Haute Etudes en Santé Publique (EHESP). He has been involved in several different European projects focusing on the analysis of pharmaceutical compounds in the environment (FP6 and FP7) which have generated a better understanding of the issue. He coordinated his first project from 2006 to 2008 which was called KNAPPE and he is currently coordinating a second one called PHARMAS.