Shorla Pharma named Local Enterprise of the Year at ‘Irish Times’ awards
Clonmel-based healthcare startup raised $8.3m in June
Shorla Pharma has been named Local Enterprise of the Year at The Irish Times Business Awards at a virtual ceremony on Thursday. The award was sponsored by the national grid operator EirGrid.
The Irish healthcare start-up, founded by Sharon Cunningham and Orlaith Ryan in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, in 2018, is focused on developing oncology drugs with a focus on rare, orphan and paediatric cancers.
Last year, the company won the overall award at the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition and the founders were included on a list of 50 people to watch out for in 2020 by The Irish Times. The group raised $8.3 million (€7.4 million) in June.
“We are honoured to accept this prestigious award. We are very proud to be recognised among such a high calibre of nominees,” said Sharon Cunningham, the company’s co-founder.
“Thank you to EirGrid for sponsoring the award and thank you for The Irish Times for your continued support.”
“In addition, we’re greatful for the opportunity to present our innovations as an emerging pharmaceutical company and extremely proud of the milestones we’ve achieved to date which include: closing of a significant fundraise amidst a pandemic and manufacturer of our first product to treat leukemia,” added co-founder Orlaith Ryan.
Shorla is still in its prelaunch research and development phase, but its first two oncology products have been presented to the US Food and Drug Administration for approval with a third to follow shortly.
Other awards include Business Person of The Year, Company of the Year, Deal of the Year and Distinguished Leader in Business for 2020.