In December 2019, the ISPE Italy Affiliate devoted its annual “ISPE Italy Christmas Night” to Women in Pharma® and unveiled a new award at the event – the Women in Pharma® Graziella Molinari Award – which is named for the Affiliate’s beloved former Vice President, Graziella Molinari. The award celebrates the commitment, perseverance, and competence of women working in life sciences, and is dedicated to enhancing innovation and excellence while encouraging women’s professionalism in the sector. Notably, the award seeks to create strong and credible role models for young women beginning their careers in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing.
A strong contributor to the ISPE Affiliate, Graziella was a member of the Italy Affiliate Board and a Vice President of the Affiliate, as well as an active member of ISPE. The Women in Pharma® Graziella Molinari Award will be given each year to a young woman who demonstrates distinctive professional achievements in our industry, as Graziella did. The recipient will receive an industry-specific professional course or training program of their choice, donated by the ISPE Italy Affiliate, reflecting its generosity towards others in the spirit of ISPE. The inaugural award, given at last December’s event, was presented by Graziella’s daughter. Sadly, Graziella passed away in 2018 but her influence and dedication to the industry will live on through the award named for her.