Winners of our environmental award

Since 2008, Recipharm has presented the International Environmental Award to leaders in the best environmental practice or innovation within the pharmacy and healthcare industries or academia. Explore all our previous award laureates below.

DR. AMY PRUDEN, 2020 - Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

Dr. Pruden is widely recognised for her work documenting antibiotic resistance genes as environmental contaminants, her most recent research focuses on advancing practical means of antibiotic resistance monitoring, mitigation and risk assessment in wastewater, recycled water and other water systems.

Dr. Pruden also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Environmental Science & Technology and has published more than 175 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters on bioremediation, pathogens and antibiotic resistance.

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DR. DANA KOLPIN, 2019 - Research Hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey Central Midwest Water Science Center in Iowa City, Iowa, USA

Dana Kolpin’s research includes the impact and effects of environmental contaminants which are used in today’s society such as pharmaceuticals and pesticides. Mr. Kolpin routinely collaborates with international colleagues to conduct research on environmental contaminants and he is one of the founding organisers of the “Emerging Contaminants” international conference series. He is now actively engaged in the U.S. Geological Survey’s newly formed Food Resources Project.

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DR. BRYAN BROOKS, 2018 - Distinguished Professor in Environmental Science and Biomedical Studies at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, USA

Dr. Brooks' transdisciplinary research includes understanding and managing human activities and environmental stressors across levels of biological organization, particularly in rapidly urbanizing regions. His current research with students focuses on water quality and water reuse, comparative toxicology and pharmacology, sustainable molecular design, environmental public health, and the ecology and toxicology of harmful algal blooms.

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2017_Karen Kidd.pngDR. KAREN KIDD, 2017 - Professor in Biology, and Geography & Earth Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton and Ontario and Jarislowsky Chair in Environment and Health, USA

Dr. Kidd’s research, which involves multiple partners including Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, several universities and the Canadian Water Network, was designed to improve the understanding of how human activities impact aquatic ecosystems, specifically how diverse effluents and contaminants affect the abundance and health of aquatic organisms.

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2016_Alistair Boxall.pngPROFESSOR ALISTAIR BOXALL, 2016 - Environmental Science at the University of York, England

Spanning more than two decades, Professor Alistair Boxall’s research has led to an improved understanding of the emerging ecological and health risks posed by chemical contaminants, including pharmaceuticals and nanoparticles, in the natural environment. In addition to his position at the University of York, he currently also serves as an academic coordinator of the Intelligent Assessment of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment (iPiE) project within the Innovative Medicines Initiative and is also coordinator of the CAPACITIE project, which is currently exploring innovative methods for monitoring pollution in cities.

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2015_Jerker Fick.pngJERKER FICK, 2015 - Docent at Department of Chemistry, Umeå University, Sweden

Through his determined and focused work, Jerker Fick has demonstrated not only in the laboratory but also in full-scale experiments, how pharmaceuticals impact the environment. Significantly, his research has clearly demonstrated how resistance to antibiotics can occur in close proximity to water production facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and how the residues of pharmaceutical products can disturb the natural behavior of fish.

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2014_Dr Ettore Zuccato.pngDR. ETTORE ZUCCATO, 2014 - Head of the Laboratory of Food Toxicology, Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan, Italy

Dr. Ettore Zuccato is internationally recognized as a leading scientist in the field of emerging environmental contaminants, with a specialist focus on pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs in surface waters. He has conducted pioneering research, together with other prominent scientists, on quantifying the occurrence of pharmaceuticals in the Italian aquatic environment, with the study results published in “The Lancet”, fuelling global concern about the potential environmental impact that pharmaceuticals can have.

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2013_Ludwig Metz.pngLUDWIG METZ, 2013 - Associate Director Environmental, Health & Safety, at pharmaceutical company Bristol–Myers Squibb, Germany

For the past 26 years, Ludwig Metz has been working in the field of Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability for the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers. He is an Associate Director and his playfield is Europe. He started his International work in 1996 when he moved to the global acting Corporate Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability department. Metz has established a complete network of partners in Europe, such as experts at universities, associations and rating companies. He has also supported the development of the sustainable goals and activities of various organisations and universities.

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2012_Damia Barcelo.pngDR. DAMlÀ BARCELÓ 2012 - Director of the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), Spain

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 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 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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2011_Benoit Roig.pngPROFESSOR BENOIT ROIG, 2011 - Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (EHESP), France

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.

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2010_Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.pngWELLCOME TRUST SANGER INSTITUTE, 2010 - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is a genomic research centre and its research builds an understanding of gene function in health and disease as well as creating resources of lasting value to biomedical research. They have been working towards improvement of their environmental impact at the campus and have also been awarded for this work. In 2009 they achieved an ISO 14001 certificate. 

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2009_Klaus Kummerer.pngPROFESSOR KLAUS KÜMMERER, 2009 - Freiburg University, Germany            

Professor Klaus Kümmerer works at the University of Freiburg in Germany and his research is within the fields of green chemistry and pharmaceuticals in the environment. 

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2008_Apoteket.pngAPOTEKET AB, 2008 - Sweden

Apoteket AB is a state owned Swedish pharmacy chain (it was earlier the only pharmacy on the Swedish market) with over 5000 employees in pharmacies across Sweden. They have during several of years been working successfully with their environmental and sustainability work.  

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