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  • The University of Technology’s (UTech) College of Health Sciences will, on Thursday (March 10), stage a seminar looking at developments in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries.
  • She informed that the event will also be used to introduce the institution’s Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Technology programme.
  • The UTech College of Health Sciences conducts research, which addresses and provides solutions to healthcare problems in the country and wider region.

The University of Technology’s (UTech) College of Health Sciences will, on Thursday (March 10), stage a seminar looking at developments in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries.

The event dubbed: ‘National Roundtable Discussion’ will be held at UTech’s Papine campus, St. Andrew.

It will explore the potential for wealth creation, in addition to research and manufacturing, regulation, legislation, as well as patient care and standards in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical sectors.

“It is going to be sharing a lot of information and knowledge about the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries, some of the policy gaps, and some of the practices that are being employed to help people,” said Dean of the College, Dr. Helen Campbell-Grizzle, in an interview with JIS News.

“We are going to be talking about how you can move from being a small producer to being successful and hiring people in the industry,” she added, noting that one of the presenters is an individual, who started out from the “ground, and today has a billion-dollar business out of teas, herbs and so on.”

She informed that the event will also be used to introduce the institution’s Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Technology programme.

The programme, which started two years ago “trains persons to become makers of medicine. We want to build out the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry in Jamaica,” Dr. Campbell-Grizzle informed.

Proceeds from the seminar will go towards the formal establishment of the College of Health Sciences’ Endowment Fund, which will advance teaching and research, while providing assistance for students.

The UTech College of Health Sciences conducts research, which addresses and provides solutions to healthcare problems in the country and wider region.

The college comprises three schools – Caribbean School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and School of Allied Health and Wellness.

Offered are a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses to health professionals for the local, regional and global markets in areas such as Pharmacy, Nursing, Dietetics and Nutrition, Medical Technology, Child and Adolescent Development, Health Information Technology, Health Administration and Complementary Medicine.