Recipharm has announced that its eighth International Environmental Award has been won by Jerker Frick, Docent at Department of Chemistry, Umeå University, Sweden, in recognition of his research into the environmental effects of pharmaceuticals.
Through his determined and focused work, Jerker Fick has demonstrated not only in the laboratory, but also in full-scale experiments, how pharmaceuticals impact the environment. Significantly, his research has clearly demonstrated how resistance to antibiotics can occur in wastewater treatment plants, and how the residues of pharmaceutical products can disturb the natural behaviour of fish.
Lars Backsell, Chairman of the Board of Recipharm, commented: “We are delighted to present this award to Jerker. Indeed, his multidisciplinary approach and the insight and mind-set to study the “cocktail” of emerging organic contaminants, and their long-time effects, makes Jerker Fick’s research an integral part on how to understand and assess the impact of pharmaceuticals on the environment.”
He continued: “Jerker’s published articles in recognized scientific papers, combined with the more “popular scientific” presentation of his work, raises the awareness in both laymen and scientists of the complex issue of pharmaceuticals and their impact on the environment.”
Commenting on winning the award, Jerker Frick remarked: “I am very pleased to have secured this accolade. It is highly encouraging that a CDMO like Recipharm takes the environment so seriously and recognizes the contribution that research like mine can make to drawing attention to pharmaceutical impact, as we work together to protect the environment.”