Special Recognition Accolade posthumously awarded to Sir Allen McClay, Founder of Almac

June 23, 2010

Almac Group agrees to mentor the winner of the ‘Sir Allen McClay Young Business Person of the Year’ award

Almac, the international, integrated contract development and manufacturing organization, had its late founder, Sir Allen McClay, posthumously honored at Northern Ireland’s first ever Craigavon Business Awards. Additionally, a second award, ‘Young Business Person of the Year’ has also been named in Sir Allen’s honor. Almac was also awarded ‘Best Export Initiative’ in recognition of how it expanded its customer base and increased international competitiveness.

Lady Heather McClay holds the ‘Special Recognition Award’ presented to her in honor of

Sir Allen McClay by Craigavon Mayor Stephen Moutray

Lady Heather McClay was presented with the ‘Special Recognition Award’, which acknowledged the outstanding contributions Sir Allen made to both the pharmaceuticals business and the local Northern Ireland economy. This year, the ‘Sir Allen McClay Young Business Person of the Year’ accolade was awarded to Gareth Cairns, the founder of local agric engineering company, SlurryKat. Valuable mentoring, provided by Almac and seven of its business partners, accompanies this award.

Commenting on the awards, Almac CEO, Alan Armstrong commented:

“Everyone at Almac is immensely proud of everything Allen achieved in his life, both for the local economy and the wider pharmaceuticals industry. Allen had particular faith in talented young people and would no doubt have been extremely pleased to be associated with the Young Business Person award. These awards are a tremendous credit to the business he founded and built. Almac looks forward to continuing Allen’s creative ethos for driving innovation in the pharmaceuticals sector, whilst supporting the Northern Ireland economy.”


For further information contact:

Tristan Jervis or Alex Heeley

Account Director / Account Manager

De Facto Communications

330 High Holborn

London WC1V 7QD

T: +44 (0)207 861 3838

E: [email protected]

About Almac Group:

Almac is a financially stable, privately owned organization with over 30 years experience. It provides integrated development solutions to over 600 customers worldwide including all the world leaders in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. Their services include R&D, translational genomic services; API manufacture; formulation and analytical development; clinical trial supply and technology (IVRS/IWRS/ePRO) and commercial-scale manufacture and packaging.

The company has over 2,600 employees and is headquartered in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, where it was awarded “Business of the Year 2009”. US operations are based in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California. Construction of the company’s new $120m North American Headquarters in PA started in July 2008 and will be completed in 2010.

For more information about the Almac Group, please visit almacgroup.com or e-mail [email protected]


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