UCL School of Pharmacy


Abdul Basit awarded the Harrison Memorial Medal

22 November 2022

Congratulations to Professor Abdul Basit for being awarded the prestigious Harrison Memorial Medal for 2022.

The Harrison Memorial Medal is awarded every two years, in memory of the distinguished pharmaceutical chemist Colonel E F Harrison. It is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in advancing pharmaceutical science.

Professor Abdul Basit receiving the Harrison Memorial Award from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Abdul Basit is internationally recognised for leading in the fields of oral drug delivery, microbiome medicines, three-dimensional printing of pharmaceuticals and digital health. He has also founded three start-up companies. His research has led to a series of transformative drug delivery systems, translated into the design of new technologies and improved therapies, many of which have been commercialised and launched worldwide including a new treatment for inflammatory bowel disease. More than a million patients each year benefit from inventions created and developed in the Basit Research Group. 

On 10 November at the headquarters of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Abdul delivered his Harrison Medal lecture entitled “A spoonful of pharmaceutics helps the medicine go down”. Chief Scientist Professor Parastou Donyai awarded Abdul with the Harrison Memorial Medal during the event.

Professor Abdul Basit with his research group after being awarded the Harrison Memorial Award.

Abdul states: “I am surprised and humbled to be awarded the Harrison Memorial Medal. Although it is one individual that is honoured, it is a testament to the creativity and dedication of my wonderful collaborators and research group. I would like to express my gratitude to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for placing our work in such a distinguished rank as of those who have who have gone before me. This will only motivate us further to pursue impactful research for better medicines and healthcare for patients.”

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