Q1 Scientific shortlisted for Waterford Business Awards 2021

Q1 Scientific are delighted to be shortlisted for ‘Business of the Year’ at the Waterford Chamber Business Awards 2021 for the second year in a row. This shortlisting recognises the hard work of our team along with excellence in business across Waterford City and County.

Waterford Chamber Awards highlighting business success

The last number of years has seen Q1 Scientific go from strength to strength with Q1 Scientific being part of the supply chain process for a large portion of the 20 biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

As a global leader in outsourced environmentally controlled stability storage, our state-of-the-art GMP facility based in Waterford, Ireland has grown by 900% over the last 8 years. Q1 Scientific was first established in 2012 with a 5,000 Square foot storage facility based in Waterford. In 2020 we completed the company’s third and fourth expansions taking the facility from 10,000 to 15,000 and finally 20,000 square feet of pharmaceutical storage with over 7500 storage spaces.

It is a huge testament to our business that the Q1 Scientific team has grown by 16% over the past year with additional team members across sales, quality and operations.

Speaking of the news, CEO at Q1 Scientific Stephen Delaney says,

“Being shortlisted two years in a row is a great achievement. It’s a great boost to the team at Q1 Scientific who work incredibly hard to ensure we are world leaders in the provision of stability storage. It also reinforces the importance of the work we do each day for our clients.”

Celebrating our key achievements over the last year

To drive industry innovation over the last 2 years, we have focused on ways to share our business news, our helpful industry insights and build upon our reputation and profile as stability storage industry leaders:

  • As the Covid-19 vaccines were coming to market our CEO, Stephen Delaney was able to share our knowledge and experience around vaccine storage and distribution through a Science of Business podcast interview and conversations with the Irish media. With a range of ultra-low freezers on-site here in Waterford we understand the risks and requirements for ultra-low storage.
  • Following feedback from customers we launched the Q1 Scientific webinar series in the second half of 2020. This series is designed for those working in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors with responsibility for designing and managing stability studies. By sharing our industry insights along with Dr. Mark Powell, we hope to inspire and educate people working within the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors.
  • The ‘Science of Business’ podcast series was launched in 2020 and shares the insights, career journeys, the start-up phase and behind the scenes stories from one of Ireland’s most successful business sectors. Q1 Scientific founder and multi-award-winning serial entrepreneur Louise Grubb hosts the podcast series and meets some of the key people behind Ireland’s global success in the pharma, life sciences and biomedical sectors.
  • To boost operational performance, we recently introduced new quality and maintenance management systems. Moving to automated, cloud-based systems allow the entire team to collaborate seamlessly with a full digital record of all activity. These new electronic systems free up our team to focus more on managing risks which occur across the quality environment, document control processes, regulatory climate and client specific requirements.

Overall, we are proud to say that throughout Covid-19 we remained fully operational. We played a key role in assisting customers with their product stability requirements, business continuity measures, extra storage capacity or new drug development studies. All customer sample pulls, set downs and deliveries operated as normal with no impact to customers or business.

About the Waterford Chamber Business Awards

The annual event is organised by Waterford Chamber in association with Dungarvan & West Waterford ChamberWaterford Council and media partners WLR.

Speaking about the awards, Waterford Chamber President John McSweeney said,

“It has been an incredibly difficult year for our business community, so I think we all need some positivity and the Waterford Business Awards are sure to provide just that. They will give us the opportunity to honour those who have excelled against adversity and we look forward to announcing the winners at our live virtual event which will be streamed on the Waterford Chamber Facebook page, YouTube channel and on wlrfm.com.”

Three businesses have been shortlisted for each of the categories and the winners of those categories will then go head-to-head in the hope of claiming the Overall Waterford Business of the Year, sponsored by Waterford City & County Council. A special Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Faithlegg, will also be presented to an individual chosen by the judging panel and will only be revealed during the live stream.

The winner will be announced at a gala awards ceremony, which will take place virtually via live stream on Friday, March 4th.

To view the full shortlist, please visit the Waterford Chamber website.