Professor Josè Morais honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

In a ceremony on November 13, 2021, the Frankfurt Foundation Quality of Medicines (FFQM) bestowed the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for the first time for outstanding scientific contributions to the optimization of drug quality. With this award, the special merits of the award winner Professor Emeritus Dr. Josè Augusto Guimarães Morais, University of Lisbon, recognized for the development of regulatory criteria for the comparative assessment of the bioavailability of systemic drugs. As a member of the European Approval Commission CPMP / CHMP and chairman of an EU expert group, Professor Morais made a significant contribution to the introduction of guidelines on bioavailability and bioequivalence at EU level. „We are very pleased that we can award the prize to such an outstanding scientist,“ explains the founder and chairman of the foundation, Professor Dr. Henning Blume, who has been committed to promoting drug quality for many years.

Jennifer Dressman made it clear why the quality assurance of pharmaceuticals is so important and that even in Germany there is still a lot of room for improvement.

The foundation has chosen a Gömböc as the award sculpture whose invention, after years of research, has confirmed a mathematical thesis and stands for staying power in research and innovation through targeted engagement with the intended goal. The Gömböc is a self-righting three-dimensional body with a homogeneous mass distribution, in contrary to a standing man, which owes its property to an uneven weight distribution.

The elogy for the award winner was given by Professor Dr. Dieter Steinhilber, President of EUFEPS (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Sciences).

Publications issued in the pharmaceutical trade press about the award ceremony are posted on the German website.


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