University of Maryland School of Pharmacy alumnus John Gregory, BSP ’76, DPS (hon.) ’02, board chair and CEO of Gregory Pharmaceutical Holding, Inc., who also founded King Pharmaceuticals, has created the Natalie D. Eddington Pharmapreneurship Award for Health Care Innovation to support pharmacy students and their innovative, transformative early stage pharmapreneurial ideas that have the potential to change pharmacy practice and health care.

Under the umbrella of the School of Pharmacy’s Pharmapreneurship™ initiative and its Office of Pharmapreneurship, the visionary award will provide up to $100,000 in start-up funds over a one-year period to pharmacy student pioneers and innovators who present ideas at the School’s new Pharmapreneur’s Market competition. After initial submission of ideas and plans, a select group of pharmapreneurial students will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. One winner could receive the monetary award to help move their idea closer to reality.

The competition is open to individual Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students or interprofessional/interdisciplinary teams led by a PharmD student. It seeks innovative early-stage, for-profit or not-for-profit companies, ideas, or products that are still in development and have modest or no revenues. Submissions will be narrowed by a selection committee of staff, faculty, and community members to a field of five finalists who will pitch their ideas to a team of judges on May 2.

Please use the following form to submit your ideas. Submission are due by April 7. Finalists will be notified by April 17.