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Press Release - 04 July 2007

University celebrates 100 years of pharmacy in Bath

More than 500 former students, members of staff and VIPs will gather at the University of Bath this week to celebrate 100 years of pharmacy education and research in Bath.

Although the University of Bath is only 40 years old, the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology can trace its roots back to the Bath College of Chemistry & Pharmacy, based at eastern corner of London Road/Cleveland Place and founded in1907.

A number of celebratory events and lectures will be taking place throughout the week, culminating in a gala dinner for alumni and VIPs on Saturday.

“Pharmacy in Bath has come a long way since the early days as a training college at the start of the 20th century,” said Professor Richard Guy, head of the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology.

“We are now regarded as one of the leading pharmacy and pharmacology departments in the UK, top-ranked by both The Guardian and Times newspapers.

“We remain at the forefront of pharmacist training and are pioneering the courses that give pharmacists the skills they need in a rapidly modernising health service to become independent prescribers.

“We are also at the cutting edge of research, having being awarded the highest possible 5*A rating in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.”

The Department’s contribution to the national and local economy is also impressive.

Vectura, a company started by scientists from this Department to develop a range of inhaled drugs, floated on the Alternative Investment Market with a market capitalisation of £60 million.

“Another company, Sterix, which was started by Professor Barry Potter, is helping develop a range of cancer treatments, with some of them currently in clinical trials,” said Professor Guy.

“Overall, Bath’s record in pharmacy is impressive, and we have an equally impressive future to look forward to.”

The notable Bath alumnus, Professor Raymond Schinazi, who has been pivotal in the discovery and development of successful anti-HIV and anti-hepatitis drugs, is one of the eminent scientists speaking at a series of lectures taking place throughout the week.

These events will bring together leading scientists from around the world, including former students and members of staff, as well from the Department’s cutting-edge portfolio of research.

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