“I’m overwhelmed,” John A. (Jack) Borneman, III, P’52, RPh, humbly told the audience after accepting an honorary doctorate of science degree from his alma mater. The degree was presented to Borneman on Feb. 19, 2009, as University of the Sciences in Philadelphia celebrated the 188th anniversary of its founding.
Selected for his “entrepreneurial spirit and leadership in the homeopathic medicine industry and continued dedication to innovation and excellence,” Borneman, who is founder and past president of the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States (HPCUS), spoke about his journey to regulate the homeopathic industry. Up until the 1980’s, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not regulate homeopathic drugs. As an increasing number of homeopathic drugs were brought from Europe to the US, the FDA approached HPCUS to help regulate the drugs. In 1983, Borneman, then president of HPCUS, helped create a compliance policy guide that was signed into legislation in 1990. “I hope the new stimulus package works faster,” Borneman joked.
Although Borneman was successful in his pursuits, he noted the challenges he faced along the way.
“It was difficult to take diverse groups and develop a team mentality,” he said. His advice for students going into the industry was to never be confrontational and to try to develop a win-win situation. “Remember, consumer protection and their rights are always the central issue.”
In addition to Borneman’s honor, faculty and student awards of merit were issued to two individuals who represent the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the University’s founders. First given in 2007, nominees should have engaged in research and scholarly pursuits that resulted in new developments or innovations.
For the faculty, Dr. Vojislava Torbica-Pophristic, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was selected. University Provost Dr. Russell J. DiGate said that Dr. Poprhistic has helped guide Polymedix corporation in its goal to develop effective heparin antidotes, and has also worked with Proctor and Gamble to better understand the molecules used in commercial antiperspirants.
Dr. William G. Cunningham, dean of students, presented the student merit award to Safak Paker-Leggs PhD’09, who is pursuing research in pharmaceutics.
“In her research, she has always been consistent, dedicated and passionate,” praised Dr. Adeboye Adejare, chair of the pharmaceutical sciences department, in his letter nominating. “She has incredible creative energies and a refreshing idealism.”
Founders' Day recalls University of the Sciences' establishment on February 23, 1821, by 68 prominent Philadelphia apothecaries.
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