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Prof. Brendan Griffin
InPharma Project Coordinator, PEARRL Project Coordinator
University College Cork, Ireland

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Pharmaceutical Education And Research with Regulatory Links: Innovative drug development strategies and regulatory tools tailored to facilitate earlier access to medicine

The European Pharma industry is a major contributor to EU well-being, both in public health and economic (sales >200 billion €/year) terms. To maintain global leadership, it must respond to challenges from low-cost producers e.g. China by bringing new drug molecules to market in a streamlined, cost-effective manner. This strategy is underscored by recent initiatives of European regulators to expedite the approval of “breakthrough drugs” so patients can gain earlier access to life-saving drugs. To realise these goals, scientists with an integral understanding of drug development and regulatory approval processes are urgently needed.
PEARRL will train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) who can develop new bio-enabling formulations (“better drugs”), biorelevant and in silico methods to predict formulation performance in vivo (“streamlined development”) and serve as communication bridges between research and regulatory science (“accelerated approval”), thus bringing Pharma and regulatory objectives to fruition. PEARRL brings a multi-sectorial team, comprising key European regulatory authorities, academic leaders in bio-enabling formulations and biopharmaceutics tools, and an array of Pharma companies with a wealth of combined experience in bringing molecules to market, together for the first time to deliver a unique research and training programme.
Key PEARRL elements are individual research projects with synergistic output; exposure of all ESR to academia, industry and regulatory in secondments; and ongoing innovative learning via Online Portals, Science Slams and Boot Camps. Key PEARRL impacts will be the availability of excellent pharmaceutical researchers; streamlined drug development with a higher success rate for the industrial partners; enriched academic research through cooperation with industry and regulatory; earlier availability of breakthrough medicines to patients; a competitive pharma industry in Europe and contributions to European public health interests.

University College Cork, IE


Funded Project

AreaMaterials, Energy
Duration01.09.2015 - 31.08.2019
Budget3.7 million euro


We provide transferable skills training courses to Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) of ongoing ITNs and DNs on topics such as research project management, science communication, data management, gender equality, funding opportunities and grant writing.



We have been involved in PEARRL from proposal writing to project management and outreach. We thrive in projects we can accompany during their full lifespan.

Dr. Jeanette Müller