Renowned pharmacist returns to Sunderland, the city where it all began

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AN internationally-renowned pharmacist whose career began in Sunderland is returning to the city to give an annual lecture.

Dr Jeremy Desai will be giving this year’s Hope Winch Lecture at the University of Sunderland on Thursday, October 31.

The annual lecture, now in its 48th year, invites guests to hear from a prolific pharmacy professional.

It was set up in memory of Hope Constance Monica Winch, who arrived in Sunderland more than 90 years ago with an ambitious plan to set up the finest pharmacy department in the North East and was instrumental in its development.

Dr Desai is one of the most successful pharmacists to graduate from the University of Sunderland and was this year named the institution’s Alumnus Of The Year.

He is giving the Hope Winch Lecture entitled: ‘Why Generics and Biosimilar Medicines Matter?’, to continue his long-standing connections with Sunderland

Dr Desai said: “I am delighted to be giving this lecture at the University of Sunderland where my career in pharmacy all started. As the cost of healthcare continues to rise dramatically, the pharmaceutical industry is utilising tried and tested manufacturing techniques to deliver cost-effective drugs to market, saving billions of pounds for healthcare systems across the world and making much-needed affordable medicines accessible to patients.

“In this lecture, I will examine how generic pharmaceuticals and the replication of the therapeutic equivalents are revolutionising drug development, and highlight the challenges in application and the benefits to patients.”

Dr Desai gained his pharmacy degree in 1981 from the University’s School of Pharmacy.

Dr Paul Carter, Hope Winch Society chairman and senior lecturer in pharmacy, said: “The success of Dr Desai in the pharmaceutical industry is remarkable and I’m sure his lecture will enthuse and stimulate the audience.”

The lecture takes place in the Murray Library in Chester Road.

All guests must pre-register at: alumni@sunderland.ac.uk